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Memories of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

John Lewis reminds us this is a day to honor MLK's legacy and reflect on how far we've come.

John Lewis
John Lewis
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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Over 40 years ago, I stood with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during the March on Washington. Today our nation will commemorate his life and work.

Dr. King's words inspired me to join the civil rights movement and begin my own fight for a more just and equal nation.

This is a day to honor his legacy and reflect on how far we've come.

But it's also a day to rededicate ourselves to building an America where all are treated equally and every eligible American can cast a ballot and have it counted.

Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama. He grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama.

As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement.

While still a young man, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. (The others were Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer and Roy Wilkins). At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.

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Kyle Bussey April 8, 2010 12:57 pm (Pacific time)

Faye (Stumps) Stewart Lane County Commissioner, the $1,684,955,468 man Election time is nearing for County Commissioners of Lane County. Ask Faye Hills Stewart II what the number "1,684,955,468" means. Hint go to http://www2.guidestar.org/ (after you register with Guidestar), use their search function on the name "Faye and Lucille Stewart Foundation", go to the 990 tab, and look at the 2007 IRS form. On Page 30 of that PDF you will see 1,684,955,468 as value of U. S. Government Securities. Look at the years 2006, 2007 and 2008, where did the U. S. Government Securities come from and where did they go? Does that seem a bit odd that a Lane County Commissioner would have over one point six BILLION in a private Foundation? At best, this shows that Faye (Stumps) Stewart is incompetent to oversee financial matters, at worst…. I’ll leave that up to the reader. My wife and I had a problem in 2007 with another “not for profit” that Faye Hills Stewart II was a board member. Our concern was that the “not for profit” was “invoicing the federal government for services not rendered”, fraud. Could this be the reason Ol' Stumps Stewart did not want people looking into his "non profit" business. Complete story at http://community.kmtr.com/forums/thread/2487504.aspx under Foundation Trilogy . Remember we were chased out of Lane County, Oregon at gun point. See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQQ4ystsAWo

Kyle January 18, 2010 2:21 pm (Pacific time)

And then the landlord started shooting at us. We were living in federally subsidized housing in Lane County Oregon, 20 miles South of Eugene, Oregon in 2006. My wife has a mental disability that requires me to be with her 24 hours a day. I knew this when I married her and have pledged to protect her for the rest of my life. Our problem started in early 2006 when we reported to the State of Oregon Housing and Community Services, Mary Gentry, that Community Sharing Program of Cottage Grove, Nancy Glines and David Flores, were “invoicing the federal government for services not rendered” and “back-dating” documents. At that time OHCS was required to send us a letter outlining the grievance process. They did not send that to us. That was the first in a long series of instances of the State of Oregon, Lane County Board of Commissioners (Faye Stewart), Lane County Human service Commission (Nancy Waggoner), and Community Sharing Program of Cottage Grove not acting as they were required by State and Federal law. We voiced our grievance to Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart, who also sat on the board of Community Sharing Program. After consulting with those involved with our dispute he called us back and said, “I just remembered that my wife is having a baby tomorrow and I won’t be able to help you.” All that he would have had to do at that time was to tell Nancy Glines and David Flores to follow the federally required provisions of the State of Oregon’s grant from HUD. In other words, just do your job. Faye Stewart as Lane County Commissioner had “granted” the Federal HUD housing funds to Community Sharing of Cottage Grove, he sat on the board of Community Sharing; he was required by law to see that federal housing funds were being spent in the manner required in the HUD grant. He did none of these. He was required by state and federal law to send us the grievance process so that we could properly resolve our contested case. He did not do this. All that was required of Faye Stewart was that he do his job. He did not do that. After a series of harassments and retaliations by Community Sharing of Cottage Grove and the Landlord; in July of 2006, we were removed from the federally subsidized housing program. The removal was based on two false documents. Nancy Waggoner’s office had faxed the landlord’s attorney, Dean Kaufman, a known false rental agreement that the landlord tried to use to evict us. The rental agreement did not offer the extra federal civil rights protections as the HUD approved one-year Lease that Nancy Waggoner had personally sent to us less that 3 months earlier. Lane County also relied on another false document from Community Sharing of Cottage Grove, David Flores, in our removal. This type of action is specifically forbidden in the one-year lease. We were removed from the program anyway. The eviction never went to court, Lane County knew this, but still removed us from the federally funded housing program. Lane county conveyed to State of Oregon Housing and Community Services who then notified the Governor of Oregon, Mr. Kulongoski, that the eviction did not happen because “of possible adverse repercussions”. Because of the failed eviction based on the false document from Lane County, The landlord started shooting at us. He shot at us14 times with a shot gun over a 2 week period. Video on line at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQQ4ystsAWo and more information online at http://community.kmtr.com/forums/821/ShowForum.aspx My wife was on the phone with 911 while we were video taping, a few hours later 3 Lane County Deputy Sheriffs arrived, took a copy of the shooting video into evidence, wrote a report for reckless endangerment with a firearm, sent the report to the Lane County DA. The Lane County DA did nothing for 2 years. When we called the Lane County DA, they said “we are just waiting to see what happens next.” My wife was a minority disabled woman living in Federally subsidized housing, how could so many officials in Oregon trample over her state and federal civil rights? Was she not the politically correct minority, was she seen as less of a citizen of the United States or is there a systemic problem in Oregon that must be investigated by the Federal Department of Justice?

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