[Ed. – The following is a fundraiser email with Barack Obama’s signature.]
Earlier this month, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in America and helped the country begin to heal in the years following the Civil War.
The 13th Amendment’s ratification, on December 6th, 1865, set the tone for future progress that has helped minorities and women gain voting rights, birthright citizenship, and equal protection under the law. We’ve seen the hard work of passionate and dedicated activists lead to the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to vote, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that marriage equality is the law of the land. Decade after decade, we have worked together to define freedom as promised by our founding principles: Freedom for you and for me. Freedom for all of us.
Add your name if you’re proud of how far we’ve come and ready to elect leaders who will keep us moving forward.
We’ve come so far together, Drew. But this country’s greatness comes in large part from each generation’s continued effort to pave its own pathway to progress.
And when we lose sight of this progress — when we use government to make it harder for folks to vote, more difficult to gain equal pay, or tough to live in the United States without fear of persecution — we fall short of our own promise and potential.