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House Proceeding 02-23-09 on Feb 24th, 2009 :: 2:13:10 to 2:19:15
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Donna M. Christensen

2:13:06 to 2:13:26( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: mr. speaker, i want to thank all of my colleagues for their participation in this evening. it is important that all americans understand that black history would like to yield to my

Donna M. Christensen

2:13:10 to 2:19:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

2:13:27 to 2:13:48( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: colleague, the gentlelady from christensen. mrs. christensen: just in case we have some extra time left in the hour, i would like to recognize and pay tribute to virgin islands pioneer area of environmental enineering.

Donna M. Christensen

2:13:49 to 2:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: mr. smith, mr. espinoza and mr. francis and those are just a few. mr. jackson is best known in the virgin islands as a community partner who tirelessly promotes friendly infrastructure and facility design engineering and implementation. he began his work when he

Donna M. Christensen

2:14:10 to 2:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: realized that solutions in the caribbean were leading to environmental damage. deep down he knew that a lot of it had to do with developers not beg armed with designs at the outset of the conception process. with that, mr. jackson sent out to bring about a approach of designing island infrastructure

Donna M. Christensen

2:14:32 to 2:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: and he has continuely collaborated with a broad cross-section of our community solutions for our region. international organizations all enlist mr. jackson's assistance to incor sustainable and renewable

Donna M. Christensen

2:14:53 to 2:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: technology to their small and large-scale development projects. but he has not worked alone. along with many others, he has worked tirelessly with others that i named before. mr. smith, the director of the virgin islands energy office,

Donna M. Christensen

2:15:16 to 2:15:37( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: mr. davis, conservationation activist. ms. gibbs, a high school science teacher, community activist, opinion owesa and our taught our children about the importance of conservation. these members of our community go above and beyond the call of duty to challenge our youth to

Donna M. Christensen

2:15:38 to 2:15:59( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: break through become stewards and protectors of our environment for generations to come. it's without reservation that i submit mr. jackson, mr. smith, ms. gibbs, opinion owesa and mr. francis as they are environmental pioneers of the en

Donna M. Christensen

2:16:00 to 2:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: tral community and will remain at the forefront to preserve and conserve the natural resources that make the virgin islands the precious jewel that they are. their work and that of others has prepared us to use the opportunities that have been recently passed the american

Donna M. Christensen

2:16:21 to 2:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: recovery and reinvestment act and others that i'm sure will be part o of change. and since we have some time left, i want to pay tribute to someone who is not only a local hero in the u.s. virgin islands but my personal one, my father. born at home and largely raised by his grandmother while his

Donna M. Christensen

2:16:42 to 2:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: mother taught everyone in those days, it was not easy for him to go to college. he begant the most accessible one financially although it is an outstanding institution, the university of puerto rico. he later transferred to colombia university in new york and he

Donna M. Christensen

2:17:09 to 2:17:30( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: was drafted into the army. like tuskegee air man herbert heywood and after graduating at camp davis in north carolina, he was commissioned as the second lieutenant in the coast artillery corps and participated in the normandy campaign and pacific theater operations. he completed his studies at

Donna M. Christensen

2:17:31 to 2:17:53( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: columbia and took his family back home on what became a distinguished legal career. he was admitteto practice of aeals in 50 and u.s. supreme court in 1955. he practiced law privately and often for free or for chickens or fish until 1962 when he was

Donna M. Christensen

2:17:54 to 2:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: tapped by president john f. kennedy to be our u.s. attorney for the u.s. re-appointed to a second term by president johnson. but not just nonpartisan, he was soon appointed to serve as the first native-born judge of the district court of the virgin

Donna M. Christensen

2:18:16 to 2:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: islands by president nixon and retired from that post after several -- serving several terms. some of his decisions are jurisprudence, one case resulted in the open beach law in the virgin islands.

Donna M. Christensen

2:18:42 to 2:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: in another case, he championed the constitutional right of children from other caribbean islands whose parents are brought in under a legal arrangement to work in the virgin islands and championed the right for those children to attend public schools. other decisions set legal precedents which are referred to in cases up to this day.

Donna M. Christensen

2:19:05 to 2:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: i'm proud of my father, but so are the people of the virgin islands and so are judges and attorneys. for the rest of the united states, he is an unsung hero and

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