Rep. Baca's Remarks on the Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) issued the following statement today on the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, just three days before the celebration of Independence Day.
"Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Although this weekend is the official celebration of Independence Day, for many Americans the Civil Rights Act is their real Declaration of Independence. It is our confirmation that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, sex or national origin shall be free from discrimination of any kind.
Although the Declaration of Independence declared that all men are created equal, it was not until the Civil Rights Act that all Americans were truly able to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution. We are a nation of different cultures, different attitudes, and different beliefs. The Civil Rights Act guarantees that all people will be able to partake in the American Dream regardless of how they may look, the language they speak, or the religion they practice.
"Although this nation has come along way in the last two centuries, we must not stop our pursuit of true freedom for all Americans now. When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law he called it "another step in the unending search for justice." This year, as we celebrate Independence Day and the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, I ask all of you to renew your commitment to the unending search for justice."