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Barbara Jordan, Ethics in State Government talk, Senate Staff Development, February 16, 1989.


That’s the beauty of this whole this this whole country, is that the people create it, the people energize it, it’s the “We the people” and people didn’t like the way that was being handled and they said, you know, don’t do it! If you do it that way you won’t get back. And that’s the language that Congress understands better than any language in the world.

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End of Senator Bill Meier filibuster of SB 1275, May 4, 1977.


Public policy of the state of Texas is declared to be that the public has a right to know and that it's not up to the officials of state government that are head - administrative heads of agencies to decide what's good for the people to know, instead it's there for the people to find out about if they want to know. Yes sir that's the main thing that's concern me about this whole thing more than any other one thing as if this is nothing more than the first chink and that you're showing an agency that all they gotta do is come over here and pass a bill through the legislature - Senator how you gonna vote against the next bill that comes by? how you gonna vote against the next agency that comes by? You know, you and I feel like this ought to be open to left open but what about the next bill that comes by? What abo- another agency decides to come in tomorrow well I just wanna have a little amendment here to my general statue that says my records are closed. I'll tell you I'm not going to vote for any of it

[speaking off mic]

Well senator all I want to do is be sure all the people know about this particular bill, know about how these things have been discussed in the legislature and then we'll let the legislative process take its course.

[off mic discussion]

Senator I thank you very much, ah, Mr. president I'd like to close on the amendment at the appropriate time.


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“Organization in Politics,” The Woman’s viewpoint magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4., January 16, 1924, pp. 7.


Power of organization - there is one thing we must have before we can make our point of view felt in politics and government and that is organization. City wide, state wide, and nationwide. Women are not accustomed to following a leader as men are. From boyhood up the man has followed the leader but women from girlhood up has played and chummed two-by-two, very select and very seclusive. Thanks to the Girl Scout movement we are learning teamwork. You may not be inclined to agree with me offhand but recall little girls in the neighborhood, at school and at play. They do not gang or follow the leader as boys do. The Democratic Woman's Club will be a fine thing for us just now. Pay your poll tax and join the club. Either the Democratic or the Republican but join and hang together. It is our only chance to elect good men and women to office.

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“Excerpts of oral histories from Raleigh Jones, James Green, and Robert Williams, members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 2010.”


Raleigh Jones: When the Depression hit, well my mother came down with cancer and my father approached me, I was last year of high school and told me, he said son, would you go in the CC camp, he said uh I need some help in order to pay doctor bills for your mother. I said sure so that is the reason I went in the three Cs.

James Green: That was, that was something all together new, right out of the, right out of the sticks of north Alabama, never been anywhere. They ah, put me on this train and I wound up in this little town down in Mississippi and they sent me out to this camp by truck and I joined a whole bunch of other fellas that were in the same situation, they had, they'd come from various farms and towns, ehm, around the region there and gathered together in this camp and uh, we got along, we all did.

Robert Williams: Right, but now they issued us clothes just like you would in the army. Most of 'em are different sizes, you had to trade around after you got your clothes to get the right size. “I believe these would fit you. You take these and give me yours.” You know what I mean. But we had, we had a a lot of fun and we learned how to work, as a team.

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