July 14, 2017

At the Rainbow PUSH Black and Brown Leadership Summit, Duckworth Calls for Greater Diversity in Politics and Economic Justice


[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called for greater diversity in politics and economic justice at the Rainbow PUSH Black and Brown Leadership Summit. The Senator emphasized that far too many young people of color have their dreams and ambitions stifled by lack of hope.

"We need a government that is representative of the American people," said Duckworth. "Our nation is as strong as it is because of the diversity of its people-people that come from all different backgrounds, who have different physical abilities and who speak different languages. At times like this, we must work to promote a more inclusive and just society for all individuals and communities."

Duckworth underscored the importance of making quality education affordable to break the cycle of poverty and establish a foundation for financial security. Duckworth noted that economic justice is part of the solution to ensure every American has the opportunity to achieve their American Dream.

"Economic justice also means that we need policies to support minority-owned businesses," said Duckworth. "These are the businesses that not only support minority families, and create jobs in the community, but they have the power to change the economic landscape for communities of color at large."

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC), founded in 1996, is an organization that works to bring people from all cultural and racial backgrounds together to fight for social change. The organization's mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.