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MLK’s dream burning bright

But promise of equal opportunity ‘great unfinished business’

Freelance writer/editor

Standing in the shadow of the great emancipator, President Barack Obama on Wednesday stood exactly where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. did 50 years earlier to “awaken the slumbering conscience of America.”

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Obama borrowed heavily from King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech to chronicle the rapid societal changes the landmark oratory set in motion for America’s excluded minorities.

It wasn’t just a black thing. It was a Latino thing. An Asian thing. A women thing.  A gay thing. A Catholic thing. A Jewish thing.

And it was a people with disabilities thing, the President of the United States told tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life on a rainy day in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Obama rule pushes jobs for people with disabilities

Harkin: “Historic” effort moves country toward equal opportunity

Freelance writer/editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden recently announced that the Obama aministration will implement a new rule to promote employment for individuals with disabilities.

The rule, aimed at federal contractors and subcontractors, is designed to increase the hiring, retention and promotion of qualified individuals with disabilities.

The rule enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for the first time sets a goal that at least 7 percent of the federal contractor workforce, at all levels, should be made up of qualified individuals with disabilities. Continue reading

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