The very first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act that ensured all people are able to receive the same pay for the same work.
President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law, narrowing the disparity between those convicted of possessing crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, the new law will reduce sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1.
President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, to strengthen protections against crimes based on the color of your skin, the faith in your heart, or the place of your birth, and to add protections against crimes based on gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
The Obama administration announced the settlement of the longstanding Pigford II litigation and signed a bill providing more than one billion dollars in funding for African Americans who were discriminated against by the USDA.
The President launched the first ever White House Office on Urban Affairs.
There is so much more that needs to be done. Be sure to vote as if this list depends on it, as if you depend on it…because it does!
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