The Civil Rights Movement Is Still Alive

This is an exciting day at Care2. The site has long been about helping people make a difference in the world, and today we’re taking another step in facilitating that process. Our Cause Channels are a way to share news, ideas, and opinions about a range of important issues, so that people are armed with information necessary for advancing change. And in the case of this Civil Rights Channel, there’s also the potential of impacts on your own life and the lives of family, friends and neighbors.

The reality is that the civil rights struggle didn’t end in the 1960s. If that were the case, women wouldn’t have to worry about making 70 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts; California’s LGBT community wouldn’t have to worry about having their rights stripped away; and African Americans wouldn’t have to worry about higher incarceration and death penalty rates compared to other groups in the United States.

There’s no doubt that this is a historic time–we will see our first African American president. But that does not mean that all is well within these United States. Instead we find that the civil rights movement needs to be as alive and dynamic as ever; that it has as much relevance today as when the abolitionists fought against the slave trade and the suffragettes organized for the vote.

In just two months time, Barack Obama will be the first African American president of the United States, but he couldn’t have gotten there without first standing the shoulders of civil rights giants. His “Yes, we can” was once Cesar Chavez’s “Si, se puede.” And this is a historic progression that must continue, from yesteryear to today to tomorrow and all the days after. Because everyone has the right to live a full, rich life free of discrimination, and not everyone does.

That’s why this is important and the reason why we’re here at the Civil Rights Cause Channel. We hope you’ll join us for the ride.