Be Like Alice! (An Essay on Equality)

Be Like Alice! (An Essay on Equality)

I believe in equality for all for so many reasons. As a bisexual woman of native american origin, I identify deeply with the issue.
I want to be a part of a serious movement that aims to end to unfair laws that go against and prohibit us from maintaining our basic
human rights.

Throughout history there have been many struggles for equality, from so many different races, creeds, and nations.
Not only in recent years, with the LGBT community..we are one of many groups held down and oppressed.And unfortunatly, won’t be
the last.

If we keep to our path and follow those who have come before us…we will succeed.History is meant to be learned from, and
we MUST learn from our mistakes! We must take inspiration from those who attempt to or succeed in making things better, changing laws,
and educating the public.

I’d like to mention a few other groups that have dealt with similar issues and fought hard for their causes, whether they won or lost…
the battle, it’s how hard you fight that matters.

African-Americans have endured so many things, for the sake of finding and achieving equality. After slavery was abolished,
the government came up This policy to say that African American’s were legally ‘free”, was a farce and a slap in the face to
those struggling for freedom and equality. Under the ‘separate but equal doctrine’, blacks were entitled to receive the same
public services and accommodations such as schools, bathrooms, and water fountains, but states were allowed to maintain different
facilities for the two groups. Does that sound equal to you? Well, it didn’t to them either. However, there were brave souls who
helped put an end to this Government farce of “separate but equal”.

The Women’s suffrage movement of the 19th century is another example of an oppressed group of people who banded together in non violent
protest to gain their EQUAL right to vote. Thanks to two wonderful and passionate women who believed in equal rights. Susan B. Anthony
and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association in May 1869.
The primary goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution.
Challenge, Goal, Motivation, and good people= success.

There was a Valiant effort made by Alice Paul in 1972, called The Equal Rights amendment. Which would have
guaranteed equal rights under any federal, state, or local law and could not be denied on account of sex. This Amendment passed both
houses of Congress, but failed to gain ratification before its June 30, 1982 deadline. Within this Amendments the following rights
would have been given:
1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification

LET’S is be Like Alice Paul, and take her concept to new levels. Hopefully in today’s more progressive society….we can make a difference!

WE DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

The bible says “We are all created in God’s image.” Which means God must agree that whites, blacks, latino’s, lesbians, gays, transgender….
all of us. We are all God’s children, and he loves every one of us! Everyone loves God, so why doesn’t everyone love everyone?

I will conclude sharing a quote by one of my hero’s Abraham Lincoln:
At Gettysburg on July 4, 1913:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those
who here gave their lives so that the nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead,
who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember
what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished
work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining
before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of
devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth
of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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