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Dear Supporter,

Many years ago, when I went to jail with Dr. King in Albany, Georgia, I was in a separate cell because the jails were segregated.  We have come a long way since that time.  But we still have a long way to go.

That’s one of the central messages of the ADA Education Fund’s annual “What Would Martin Do?” forum.  Thanks to organization like the Ed Fund, Dr. King’s leadership is remembered for more than discounted appliances or clean-ups at the local park.  His principles are made relevant to today’s policy issues.

In the same way, it has been the Ed Fund that has brought together progressive thinkers, legislators, and activists in monthly congressional briefings, special election analyses and important policy discussions.  I am not just saying that because I am its Board Chair  – here’s what others have said:

“What they did in Iowa was phenomenal.  While the national press focused on the debate between the Right and the Far Right, the ADA Ed Fund organized a panel discussion with Iowa activists and helped to engage local progressives in a real discussion about the challenges of 2012.” – U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Co-Chair Congressional Progressive Caucus

“The ADA Ed fund was great!  They were a very helpful partner in promoting my film “Brothers on the Line” about my family and the founding of the UAW.  They hosted a screening in DC and connected me to Netroots Nation and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” – Sasha Reuther, Director and Producer

“The Congressional Briefings held on Capitol Hill have brought real intellectual firepower to key policy issues.  I was proud to be a part of a panel and hope that the ADA Ed Fund continues to educate Congressional staff with facts and a progressive perspective.” - Maryland State Delegate Anne Kaiser

There is so much more that we must do this year – but we can’t do it without your help!  We need to educate the public about the issues at stake!  If the public understands the policies that Congress and their state legislators will be considering during these challenging economic times, they will be better prepared to cast their ballot.  In partnership with “Working Families Win,” the Ed Fund plans to engage with America’s working families in targeted communities to be sure they understand the implications of the issues facing our country.

Please join me in supporting the ADA Ed Fund with a tax-deductible contribution today!  We need to anticipate the level of support we will have in order to plan for the broadest presence for the rest of 2012.  Please consider donating securely online right now.

You may not have been in jail with me and with Dr. King when we were fighting for justice in 1962, but I really want you to join me in the fight for justice today.

Sincerely,


Marvin Rich
Chair, ADA Education Fund

P.S.  Check out videos from past ADA Education Fund events, including the annual "What Would Martin Do?" forum here.

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