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Florida Civil Rights Association State President J. Willie David, III issued the following statement marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: "Today marks an important day in our nation's history. We celebrate the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

After years of struggle, this bill outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and ended legal racial segregation in our schools, workplaces, and public facilities. As we celebrate the anniversary of this landmark piece of Civil Rights legislation, we must not forget to continue moving forward in the fight for equal rights, here at home and abroad.

Around this time last year, just before the 4th of July celebration, I wrote about comprehensive immigration reform and expressed high hopes that 2013 would be the year for sorely needed change.

At that time, the Senate was on the verge of passing its immigration reform package and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had maintained that the House would address its version of immigration reform before the summer recess commenced in August. Much has happened since then or should I say nothing much has happened when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform?

ObamaThe defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was quickly interpreted by national media as a signal that immigration reform was dead on arrival. But for immigration reform advocates, the strategy has not changed and hope for reform is not dead: It may just be in the hands of President Obama.

Advocates have long been pressuring Obama to take executive action on immigration reform. But Obama was still holding out the possibility that the House might vote on it this summer; his recent delay of the review of deportations was an attempt to give the House time to act.

Now Cantor’s defeat to Tea Party-backed David Brat could send House Republicans running from the issue, and make an executive action by the president the last chance for reform.

Which, ironically, Virginia voters might not be opposed to.

Kevin-WestonKevin Weston, accomplished journalist and longtime New America Media family member, died Sunday at his home in Oakland after a nearly two-year fight with leukemia. He was 45. From 1999 to 2010, Kevin worked as the organization’s Youth Communications director, but his legacy reaches far beyond that title.

Kevin was a teacher, an activist and multimedia visionary. He was a mentor to hundreds of young writers, filmmakers, artists and photographers finding their way, many of whom have gone on to great success.

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