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All women, regardless of her economic status or racial background, have a right to vote, and no politician or regressive law should prevent her from doing so.
— Al Sharpton

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As a kid who grew up chubby, I just marveled at the fact that I could be thin.

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As a preacher who has spent significant time in churches and houses of worship all across the country, I can tell you firsthand that religious liberty and freedom are principles that can never be infringed upon.

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As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable.

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As I stood and gave the eulogy for young Michael Brown last week, I kept thinking about the fact that this child should have been in college instead of laying in a coffin.

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Bill Clinton strikes me as the kind of guy who goes wherever the polls lead him, rather than leading the polls.

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Civilians are arrested every single day - including innocent ones - and they must wait until their day in court in order to argue their side of the story. Police officers must be subjected to the same rules.

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Countries around the world have their own immigration laws and methods of dealing with a recurring theme: desperate people searching for peace from volatile parts of the world. And nations everywhere thrive and prosper from the contributions of immigrants and the children of immigrants - including right here in the U.S.

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Demonstrations must be dignified and nonviolent, as the overwhelming protests in Ferguson and Staten Island have been. Do not confuse anarchists who don't want the system to work and thugs who want to exploit a situation with the majority who from day one have operated with impeccable nonviolence and clear goals.

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Dr. King used Gandhi's commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.

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Dr. King's general principles are universal. But the things he confronted took place in another era.

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During my 2004 presidential campaign, I was fond of saying that it was high time for the Christian right to meet the right Christians.

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Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways.

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Evangelicals catapulted George W. Bush back to the White House.

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Everything from who sits on your local board of education to the prosecutors and judicial appointments in your area and much more are all impacted by who holds political office.

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Following Michael Brown's death, I went to Ferguson and met with his parents. I stood with them as they tried to hold their heads high and deal with both their immense loss and the larger issues of police-community relations.

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From racial profiling and being pulled over just for 'driving while black' to this new phenomenon of killing unarmed people out of some preconceived idea of fear, our lives and our children's lives are not being valued.

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How do you make things fair?

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I actually lost more weight than I am!

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I always beat the sun up in the morning. It's the secret to why I'm double trouble.

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I can call a march, and thousands come out, and I happen to have access to the White House at the same time.

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I could have easily been a statistic. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was easy - a little too easy - to get into trouble. Surrounded by poor schools, lack of resources, high unemployment rates, poverty, gangs and more, I watched as many of my peers fell victim to a vicious cycle of diminished opportunities and imprisonment.

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I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn't take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat. That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings.

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I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right. I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.

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I grew up in the 1950s and '60s, when it was almost a holiday when a black act would go on Ed Sullivan.

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I knew from the age of four that I wanted to preach. I didn't even consider it strange that grown people were listening to this kid preaching until I was around thirteen. I have never believed in limitations.

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I never aspired to the local political fiefdom thing that a lot of people ascribed me to. I saw myself as a guy who learned from Jesse Jackson how to do national civil rights. I wasn't really interested in who was going to be the next district leader in Brooklyn. My ambitions were always a lot bigger than what my critics thought my ability was.

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I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy.

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I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.

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I was the first candidate to come out against this war, spoke at every anti-war march.

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I was there during the first elections in South Africa. I watched them take down the apartheid flag and raise the new flag.

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I won vice president of my student body in high school. That doesn't mean anything.

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I'm a patriot in the truest sense of the word.

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I'm never going to be fat - never again. I'm going to make it easy on my pallbearers.

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I've been able to reach from the streets to the suites.

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I've gone from, you know, being too close to politicians, to being too close to entertainers, and people's father that I'm not.

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I've learned how to measure what I say. Al Sharpton in 1986 was trying to be heard. I was a local guy and was like, 'Y'all are ignoring us.'

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I've never done anything else in my life other than preach and be an activist. Way before I was known.

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I've seen enough things to know that if you just keep on going, if you turn the corner, the sun will be shining.

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I've seen too much in life to give up.

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If Charlton Heston can have a constitutional right carry a rifle, why can't grandma have a constitutional right to health care?

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If companies can refuse to provide coverage for women, what other objections to the Affordable Care Act will we see based on 'religious grounds'? For that matter, will 'religious freedom' be used as an excuse to discriminate against other minorities and disenfranchised groups across the board? Where will it end?

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If it weren't for the mentorship and guidance from people like my mother, James Brown and others, I wouldn't have been able to make something of my life.

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If O.J. had been accused of killing his black wife, you would not have seen the same passion stirred up.

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If the black vote does not come out in big numbers in the age of Ferguson and voter ID, it will empower our adversaries and enhance our marginalization.

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If you can get the proper definition of trouble, then we can find out who the real troublemakers are.

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If you play the theatrics too much, you get in the way of your own cause.

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In 1999, I was in St. Louis with Martin Luther King III as we led protests against the state's failure to hire minority contractors for highway construction projects. We went at dawn on a summer day with over a thousand people and performed acts of civil disobedience.

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In every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass, presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.

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In Ferguson, there are witnesses who say Brown had his hands up when he was shot. That should be enough probable cause to go to trial to then determine if Officer Wilson is guilty or not. It is at trial that he can then defend himself and his attorneys can present their own witnesses and their own defense.

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All women, regardless of her economic status or racial background, have a right to vote, and no politician or regressive law should prevent her from doing so.

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