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House Proceeding 03-25-10 on Mar 25th, 2010 :: 2:11:00 to 2:15:50
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Al Green

2:10:53 to 2:11:16( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: gentleman's time has expired. mr. poe: and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. al green of texas. is recognized for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, many years ago i heard dr. benjamin hooks who at the time was the executive

Al Green

2:11:00 to 2:15:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Al Green

2:11:17 to 2:11:39( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: director of the national naacp proclaim in the words of c.a. tinsly, harder yet may be the fight. i thought i understood what he meant at the time. however, events as of late have provided additional ock later

Al Green

2:11:40 to 2:12:00( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: and griven me greater clarity with reference to this statement, harder yet may be the fight. first, a brief vin yet. on sunday, prior to voting on the health care bill that was signed by the president, as i

Al Green

2:12:01 to 2:12:21( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: was leaving the cannon office building, i had a friend to share with me what was thought to be some sage advice. my friend indicated that it might be prudent, not necessarily in these words, or jishes, to make my way to the capitol building by way of the

Al Green

2:12:22 to 2:12:43( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: tunnel because there were persons who were saying ugly things and doing ugly things in the area that i would have to traverse. i thought and as i thought i

Al Green

2:12:44 to 2:13:04( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: reflected on rosa parks, a lone african-american female in the segregated south who concluded on one evening that she was going to stand up for justice and do what was right by taking a seat on a bus and little did she know that by taking that

Al Green

2:13:05 to 2:13:25( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: seat she would ignite a spark that would start a civil rights movement. i would also add that it was virginia doore, an anglo female who posted the bail for rosa parks to get out of jail. i reflected on 1965 and what we

Al Green

2:13:26 to 2:13:47( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: now know as bloody sunday, when there were persons who wanted to peacefully march from selma to montgomery and they knew that as they crossed the bridge there were members of the waiting on the other side of the bridge prepared to do

Al Green

2:13:48 to 2:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: under the color of law. and they did. i would also remind us that it was frank johnson, an anglo federal judge, who signed a law that allowed the march to continue, signed that and as i reflected on these incidents, i rlized that if

Al Green

2:14:10 to 2:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: rosa parks could take that seat by herself, surely i could cross that street and come over to vote and i realized thatf those marches, including john lewis, could -- marchers, including john lewis, could march armed with clubs, i uld

Al Green

2:14:31 to 2:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: surely cross that street. and so i bring these thoughts to the attention of this house because this truly is a fight and c.a. tinsly was right, the fight is not yet over.

Al Green

2:14:54 to 2:15:17( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: harder yet may be the fight. but i want to commend those persons of goodwill who have stood up and spoken up against the behavior that was exhibited by the persons who were out on the streets. i commend every person, republican, democrat, doesn't matt your party affiliation,

Al Green

2:15:18 to 2:15:38( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: this kind of behavior merits condemn nation. and i would simply close with this -- condemnation. and i would simply cse with this, as we move forward and these kinds of ugly incidents take place, i beg that we would continue to condemn this behavior because c.a. tinsly was right, harder yet may be the

Al Green

2:15:39 to 2:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: fight, right may often yield to right. mit may often yield to right. wickedism may seem to reign but there's a god that rules above with the hand of power and a heart of love and when we are

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