The Country has lost an icon, Senator Edward M. Kennedy

August 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I don’t have much to add to all of the tributes for Senator Edward Kennedy upon his passing late yesterday, but I will say that he was an important advocate and ally of the Latino community from issues on health care to immigration to education. Some have even called Senator Kennedy an honorary Latino because his advocacy was so clearly seen and appreciated in our community, even the United Farm Workers issued a resolution in honor of Senator Kennedy a few days ago with the following statement:

Whereas, as UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta once said, Robert and Ted Kennedy “didn’t come to us and tell us what was good for us. All they said was, ‘What do you want? And how can I help?’ That’s why we love them”

I would like to show a clip of Senator Kennedy sharing why he fought so hard for health care reform and access for all Americans from last year right before he had been diagnosed with the brain cancer that took his life.

Thank you for your service Senator Kennedy. May you find eternal rest and peace, and may your family’s legacy of service continue to inspire people everywhere.

Que Viva Ted Kennedy!

Photo Credit: (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) before President Bush’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 28, 2008.

Tags: Education · health care · Immigration · Kennedys

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Aug 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    And now the chapter closes on an American political icon, a public servant clearly devoted to the needs of the working man and those forgotten and exploited by corporate America and their minions on Capitol Hill. We will not see the likes of Edward Kennedy ever again.

  • 2 DoctorH // Aug 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    The Working Man in America has lost their biggest and most successful advocate. And the Latino community has lost its only advocate on Capitol Hill. There is no one to replace Edward Kennedy.

  • 3 Wordsmith // Aug 30, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    THAT was one powerful piece.

    I’m in with Michaelr & DoctorH comments. I have nothing to add.

  • 4 Jocko Johnson // Sep 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    If all that you say is true please answer one question out of a possible 100. Never mind Chappaquiddick, conspiring with the Kremlin or his failure to secure the nation after supporting amnesty…….just answer this. How is it not the height of hipocrisy when Kennedy had the law changed in Mass. so that then Governor Romeny would not be allowed to appoint a new Senator for John Kerry if elected President? How does it not tell you what kind of man Kennedy was when he then tried to change that law back when he realized his own demise would now suffer that same fate since Governor Deval Patrick(a democrat) doesn’t get to make that appointment?

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