WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the following statement in honor of the March on Washington today:
“This year, we lost a giant in the fight for equality and racial justice when we lost Rep. John Lewis. Few have lived a life as historic and heroic, but today is an opportunity to honor his legacy. When Rep. Lewis passed, he left his marching orders:
‘Let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war.’
“I know Rep Lewis’ spirit is with those marching today in Washington, and those standing in support throughout our nation, and you will triumph.
“Rep. Lewis’ work is carried forward by all who continue to make good trouble. Congress must also follow in those footsteps and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
“And on the 65th Anniversary of Emmett Till’s murder, let us renew our resolve for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and so many others whose stories have not captured headlines. The Senate must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and we must carry on the fight for racial justice.
“Though this year has been marked by profound moments of tragedy and heartbreak, the leaders and activists of today have built a moment of resolve and tenacious spirit. As they march this afternoon, we are guided in our next steps as we were by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, 57 years ago, and we continue down that long and difficult, but hopeful path.”