August 28, 2013
Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
MADISON – The following is a statement of Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
"Today, we reflect on the enormous sacrifices generations of African American men and women made in the fight for equality. We remember that the progress made over the past 50 years began with the blood, sweat and tears of millions of strong men and women who stood up to oppression and fought for the basic human right of equality and the ability to earn a family-supporting paycheck.
"While remembering the sacrifices of those brave men and women, we must not forget that the fight of freedom and equality is not over. Wisconsin Women, on average, still earn $10,000 less than their male equivalents every year, legislation is still circulating to make it harder for young people, the elderly and minorities to vote, and extreme poverty still oppresses families across Wisconsin. We cannot stop fighting for jobs and freedom until every man, woman and child has a fair chance at the American Dream."