In 2013, the United States of America accepted its challenge to support
its citizens equally and fairly, particularly concerned about the middle class.
As State Political Action Chair, we registered more than 16,000 people for the 2012
general election-more than 192% of the state's goal. There are 637 days left until
Election Day, Nov. 4, 2014 - "The Time is now - Keep it Movin!"
We can do it. We reelected President Barack Obama. We embraced his vision--indeed
most Americans' vision of a classless society in which we all share equally in
opportunities to access the American Dream. Yes talent, family and personal wealth
and education prepare many to access The Dream most conveniently and more efficiently.
But their privilege should not be used to bar anyone who else.
America's vast resources once included plentiful employment at every level.
Back then, manufacturers, corporations, the medical industry, and financial
institutions accepted their roles weaving the fabrics of society. American families
were weft, warp or woof, strong yarn held this nation so tightly together, we fashioned
of it the most dynamic nation known to history.
The fabric of society must cover and provide quality medical care,
women's rights, marital equality, fair taxation, an efficient viable educational system,
and quality communities. Good neighborhoods where people live and work are esthetically
validating to those who live there and to all other communities. Everyone cannot be wealthy
it seems, but we our government must treat everyone fairly. Our national, state, city, and
county governments; the vast loom of school boards, city policies and political administrative
procedures must be made to weave our dreams into citizens' equally accessed realities.
Commitment to equal access supports the vision to "Keep America "Moving Forward!"
My contribution to the fabric is to lead the Springfield NAACP's concern about personal
political agendas put before the best interest of our community. The NAACP speaks for those
who can't,who won't and don't speak.
Our children's futures seem no longer the best interest of the agencies chosen to represent our
communities, our families. I mean, no longer an interest in every family, despite wealth or
ethnicity or educational accomplishment. Personally, I am chagrinned to think that the 10th Street
Rail Corridor has been selected for high-speed rail through East Springfield, a move that will send
the African American Community once again across the tracks, substantially isolated in a city when
up to 40 trains daily will cut through where there are few to no overpasses. However, since that
is the corridor to be, the NAACP continues to lobby for community improvements in streets and
sidewalks and in business opportunities with shops and vendors, opportunities produced in the
presence of such a corridor.
In addition, I am concerned about consistent implementation of the District 186 Federal Consent Decree
who provides the equally fair treatment of every student in every school, an assurance of equitable policies
and procedures, similarly well-trained, qualified teachers, relative up-to-date technologies, sound
well-ventilated, heated and cooled buildings, and reasonably appointed classrooms. Insist on
District 186 School representative employment at every level of underrepresented groups.
Nationally, continue to support union brothers and sisters for fair treatment across our nation,
i.e., fair pay, equal access to education, and affordable, appropriate health care. Imagine, in 2013,
coordinated attacks on civil and human rights still occur. The time still is to stand and fight,
to do what's right, to take a stand. The time now is to do what you can, to give back.
The time is now is A MATTER OF FACT! Keep It Movin!
Teresa Haley, President