When President Obama was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Baltics in NATO, he noted that “freedom needs a foundation of security,” and will now “always be guaranteed by the strongest military alliance the world has ever known.”
He made clear, however, that it’s not a military alliance that makes our countries strong — it is our commitment to democracy:
“We’re stronger because we’re democracies.”
We’re not afraid of free and fair elections, because true legitimacy can only come from one source — and that is the people.
We’re not afraid of an independent judiciary, because no one is above the law.
We’re not afraid of a free press or vibrant debate or a strong civil society, because leaders must be held accountable.
We’re not afraid to let our young people go online to learn and discover and organize, because we know that countries are more successful when citizens are free to think for themselves.”
~ Barack Obama
How a Bill Becomes a Law
When performing legislative research, it is important to understand the legislative process. The numerous steps that result in a bill becoming a law are described in this 24th edition of “How Our Laws Are Made.”
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By Gina Dimuro
Library of Congress
An overhead view of the memorial at the African Burial Ground National Memorial in lower Manhattan.
Archaeologists estimate there may be up to 20,000 skeletons in the burial ground.
The human remains revealed a wealth of information about the life of slaves in old New York. Most, as might be expected, showed signs of hard physical labor and malnutrition. After being examined, all of the remains we respectfully re-interred (each in an individual coffin hand-carved in Africa) in a “Rites of Ancestral Return” ceremony in 2003.
The African burial ground was declared a National Monument in 2006 and today also houses a memorial and museum dedicated to preserving the memory of some of New York’s earliest but forgotten residents.
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