Assemblymember Bonta Honors Dr. MLK, Jr.

Monday, January 21, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In anticipation of today's observed holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on the floor of the California State Assembly last week, joining a chorus of heartfelt speeches from Assemblymembers representing the many faces of California:

"I too rise to join the chorus of voices that have rightfully paid tribute to the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his tremendous legacy.

"I'm proud and honored that my father marched in Selma during the Civil Rights Movement---and there stood with the great Dr. King.

"In the years since Dr. King's untimely death, our state and our country have moved closer to the dream envisioned by Dr. King, and justice and equality have been expanded and spread more widely. But we still have much to do in the ongoing struggle for social, racial, and economic justice.

"Although we have come a long way, let us not become complacent and believe that the fight for equality and justice has already been fought and won.

"We still have people dying for lack of adequate healthcare and starving for lack of food.

"We still have discrimination against people of color, women, the poor, based on sexual orientation, in the workplace, and in many other forms.

"We still have children denied a quality education because of the lack of necessary funding and necessary resources.

"So we must continue the fight, and continue the struggle, for justice and equality.

"I look forward to working with all of you to do our part to keep Dr. King's dream–and legacy–alive," Bonta concluded.

Elected in 2012, Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta is the Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee. He serves on the following Assembly Committees: Health, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting.

CONTACT: Amy Alley, (916) 319-2387, amy.alley@asm.ca.gov