Bil Browning

Video: Rep Nancy Pelosi on Democrat's Achievements

Filed By Bil Browning | September 14, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: acceptance speech, ADA, Americans for Democratic Action, Frances Perkins Award for Government Service, Nancy Pelosi

Last night Jerame and I attended the Americans for Democratic Action's awards gala. The organization was started by Eleanor Roosevelt to push for progressive ideas and legislation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi won the Frances Perkins Award for Government Service and I've clipped out ten minutes of her acceptance speech that mentions LGBT rights.

Of particular interest: Pelosi's statement that the two big bookends of President Obama's administration while Democrats controlled both houses of Congress are the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell; her shoutout to Ledbetter's grandson and his partner; and her mention that one of ADA's core values includes fighting for LGBT equality.

If you'd like to learn more about the ADA, check out their website, but if you're unaware, you should definitely find out more about Frances Perkins and the role her legacy has on your day-to-day life. She was the first female cabinet member (Secretary of Labor) and was directly responsible for creating Social Security, unemployment benefits, welfare, pensions, the minimum wage and overtime pay, and the end of child labor.

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