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Woodstock 40th Anniversary: What is the legacy?

Published August 15, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

The cultural event of a generation Woodstock was headlined as an aquarian exposition.

What the legacy?

1969 Woodstock Festival & Concert

Sonia Sotomayor – First Hispanic US Supreme Court Associate Justice

Published July 29, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Supreme Court nomination announced for associate justice 26/05/09

Submitted to Senate 01/95/09

Senate confirmation hearings commenced 13/07/09

Record in Constitutional Cases

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor – Questionnaire

Confirmed By Senate Judiciary Committee 29/07/09

Senate opens Sotomayor confirmation debate 05/08/09

Senate confirmes Sotomayor as the 111th justice of the
Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31. first
Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the court. 06/08/09

Sotomayor takes oath from Chief Justice Roberts  AP 08/08/09

US Supreme Court

The Declaration of Independence of these United State of America

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

The Declaration of Independence of thefe United Statef of America | Los Angeles Times

The United States’ Declaration of Independence may well be the most cited yet least read or understood document in American history.

This article speaks to the observance and celebration of July 4 on which citizens need to take the time to read this document, and reflect on its words. It implies that many cite this document however may not fully understand or appreciate it, other than in supporting a convenient truth or subjective opinion.

Stonewall’s unfinished legacy

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Stonewall’s unfinished legacy | Nancy Goldstein | A Great President

This article speaks to both our past and the present, very similar to a number of pieces written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It does have some insightful observations.

“Post-Stonewall improvements in the lives of many LGBT people have been profound, though neither swift nor easy.”

However, there have been profound advances this must be the message that we hold on to for as long as it takes to achieve equality. We started this journey many years ago persecuted and marginalised with other groups deemed as second-class citizens and in some cases not even citizens in their own country. Some too have had similar success to ours in receiving incremental acknowledgement from those who have used and abused us. While our culture has denied and many false prophets have taken advantage of us, we are still here.  Our resilience has given us the voice to advocate and determination to overcome our adversity now as these hardships slowly fade it is not the time to rest.  We will not gain true equality as long as long as there is discrimination against anybody for who they are.

I defer to Dr King