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Issue Position: Civil Rights

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Issue Position: Civil Rights

Civil rights remains the unfinished business of America. Although tremendous progress has been made over the years in creating greater opportunities for minorities and other groups facing discrimination - in jobs, schools, health care, and other aspects of society - significant challenges remain before we can claim to have achieved equal opportunity and equal justice for all.

Honest civil rights initiatives are those that provide all Americans with the capacity and the resources to realize the American dream - regardless of race, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation. A true civil rights agenda affords economic opportunities to those with the fewest resources, works to improve the education system for the nation's children, and fights to ensure civil rights laws are enforced. In addition, the composition of the federal judiciary is critical to the protection of civil rights in the United States. Nominees to the bench must prove they can render a fair and impartial judgment and uphold the civil rights and liberties of all Americans.

The challenge of civil rights is one shared by all generations of Americans. Each of us must rededicate ourselves to this fight so that we can ultimately achieve the ideal of equal opportunity and equal justice for every American.

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