Dear Democrats,The story of the African American community is core to the story of the Democratic Party, in the nation and in Texas. AfricanAmericans have led so many of the efforts to make our nation more equal and more just. They have served beyond representational
degrees in all levels of our country’s military. And the community’s civic involvement and support of Democratic ideals is a large
reason why Democrats have been able to win and enact policies that benefit us all.The Texas Democratic Party honors the continued work and leadership of t he African American community, and their rich history of accomplishment. Today is a particularly poignant day to recognize such history, as the Voting Rights Act was debated before theSupreme Court.In America, and in Texas, voters should be choosing their officeholders, not the other way around. All voters should have an equalopportunity to have their say on Election Day. The Voting Rights Act is our nation's most effective tool for protecting the votingrights of people of color -- and America's reputation as the world's greatest democracy.
We have made a lot of progress, but we must always remember that there is much work still left to be done to protect and advance allof our rights.In honor of Black History Month, the Texas Democratic Party joins with the NAACP in support of addressing a health care
inequality, and raising awareness around the need to register more bone marrow donors. Right now, only 8% of the nation’s 10
million registered bone-marrow donors are African American, and this creates a health care inequality that could literally mean thedifference between life or death.
We all have the power to save a life. The NAACP and its Health Committee have been dedicated to helping bring awarenessto causes that make a difference. At the 2010 NAACP National Convention, a bone marrow drive was held to help raise
awareness and make a difference in people’s lives. Since the convention there have been four different bone marrow matches
thanks to the people who registered.
But the work of the NAACP is on-going and the process of registering for bone marrow donors is becoming easier, painless,