[Hpn] In Memorian: Congresswoman Julia Carson

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 18:55:24 -0500


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In Memorian: Congresswoman Julia Carson



      In Memorian: Congresswoman Julia Carson
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      As a member of the National Coalition for the Homeless's Board of =
Directors, I have worked for many years as have my peers, to end =
homelessness in this country. It is an often wearisome and frustrating =
effort. Many programs have been developed over the years with good =
intent, but they lack the human element and often reduce those we serve =
to numbers in a system, or they "cherry pick" the easiest to serve to =
boost their success.
      We fight daily to help the most difficult to serve and heroes are =
often hard to find. U.S. Representative Julia Carson was such a hero. =
She took her position in Congress to the level many only think about. =
She was a champion, one who utilized the resources around her to promote =
change and policy that would result in ending homelessness and reducing =
the impact of poverty. Her work with veterans across this country was =
phenomenal.

      As the Sponsor for the Bringing America Home Act and the =
H.E.A.R.T.H. Act, Representative Carson pursued Congressional support =
with a vengence and often managed town hall type meetings to educate her =
peers. She and her staff worked diligently to provide leadership from =
the Hill and not because it was the popular thing to do either, but =
because it was the right thing to do. Julia Carson did things that way, =
because they were right, they were necessary, and often they weren't =
popular.

      So many who serve us congressionally stick to the middle of the =
road or cater to the extreme positions of the right without thinking or =
planning for the ramifications of their votes. They belie us the =
opportunity as Americans to plan to the future through: A living wage, =
affordable housing for all Americans, health care for all Americans, and =
civil rights for all Americans. Julia Carson embraced those ideals and =
fought hard for them through the many committes she served on and in =
partnership with the Congressional Black Caucaus.

      She did so with grace and humor. To hear her speak was =
enlightening and fun. She would take the most serious subject and make =
us see our folly with her humor. It is with great respect, love, and =
admiration that I write this. To Julia's family the National Coalition =
for the Homeless grieves your loss with you and understands the passing =
of a hero; to those whose voices Julia tried to hold up, understand we =
will continue to fight for your causes and will support and embrace =
those legislators who do as well; and to those who plan our policies we =
challenge you to try to meet the bar Julia set in trying to serve her =
country and humanity as a Congresswoman, a wife, a mother, and most of =
all a strong and committed Christian soldier.

      Sincerely,



      Barbara Anderson, Secretary
      Board of Directors
      National Coalition for the Homeless
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    <TD>As a member of the National Coalition for the Homeless's Board =
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      but they lack the human element and often reduce those we serve to =
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are often=20
      hard to find. U.S. Representative Julia Carson was such a hero. =
She took=20
      her position in Congress to the level many only think about. She =
was a=20
      champion, one who utilized the resources around her to promote =
change and=20
      policy that would result in ending homelessness and reducing the =
impact of=20
      poverty. Her work with veterans across this country was =
phenomenal.</P>
      <P>As the Sponsor for the Bringing America Home Act and the =
H.E.A.R.T.H.=20
      Act, Representative Carson pursued Congressional support with a =
vengence=20
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She and=20
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and not=20
      because it was the popular thing to do either, but because it was =
the=20
      right thing to do. Julia Carson did things that way, because they =
were=20
      right, they were necessary, and often they weren't popular.</P>
      <P>So many who serve us congressionally stick to the middle of the =
road or=20
      cater to the extreme positions of the right without thinking or =
planning=20
      for the ramifications of their votes. They belie us the =
opportunity as=20
      Americans to plan to the future through: A living wage, affordable =
housing=20
      for all Americans, health care for all Americans, and civil rights =
for all=20
      Americans. Julia Carson embraced those ideals and fought hard for =
them=20
      through the many committes she served on and in partnership with =
the=20
      Congressional Black Caucaus.</P>
      <P>She did so with grace and humor. To hear her speak was =
enlightening and=20
      fun. She would take the most serious subject and make us see our =
folly=20
      with her humor. It is with great respect, love, and admiration =
that I=20
      write this. To Julia's family the National Coalition for the =
Homeless=20
      grieves your loss with you and understands the passing of a hero; =
to those=20
      whose voices Julia tried to hold up, understand we will continue =
to fight=20
      for your causes and will support and embrace those legislators who =
do as=20
      well; and to those who plan our policies we challenge you to try =
to meet=20
      the bar Julia set in trying to serve her country and humanity as a =

      Congresswoman, a wife, a mother, and most of all a strong and =
committed=20
      Christian soldier.</P>
      <P>Sincerely,</P>
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      <P>Barbara Anderson, Secretary<BR>Board of Directors<BR>National =
Coalition=20
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