Building a new future with diversity in our party
The Republican party - the foundation of inclusion
Welcome! This is where all of our stories begin, with people whose families all came from somewhere else. And as a nation, there is a historic bond with the Republican party that exists for all of us, a common bond that we all share. We have certainly overcome very different sets of struggles. But that has led to this amazing time, with exceptional citizens today that set the bar for how they help advance liberty and freedom.
In 1854 the Republican party came into existence for the purpose of abolishing slavery in America. This was to counter the Democrat Party's push to keep and aggressively expand slavery west and north of the Mississippi River. However, there were members of the Republican Party that wanted to go even further, because they believed that all men should have the same rights to citizenship - to own property and vote. These members within the Republican Party were called Radicals. They were thought to be radical for what they demanded on behalf of all men, including slaves. Consequently, they became known as the Radical Republicans.
Leading up to the Civil War, prominent members of the 1860's Radical Republicans were Thaddeus Stevens (leader of the Radicals in the U.S. House of Representatives), Charles Sumner (leader of the Radicals in the U.S. Senate), African-American abolitionist and Conservative Republican Elihu Washburne, James S. Wilson, Henry Winter Davis, Joseph Medill, James Garfield, Owen Lovejoy, Joshua Giddings, and Benjamin Wade. These men pressed President Lincoln (R) into taking the necessary action to see that African-Americans were freed. These patriots never backed down in the course of championing this cause.
During the Civil War, Romulado Pacheco (R), then Governor of California, removed 2 units stationed in Los Angeles because they opposed abolishing slavery. He was later elected as the first Hispanic to the House of Representatives where he continued to fight and win passage of the 13th, 14th & 15th amendments. This did in fact abolish slavery, and awarded African-American men citizenship & the right to vote - 50 years before women.
After the Civil War, it was President Ulysses S. Grant (R) who put a stop to the KKK in the public realm. There was a brief period where lesser presidents, from both parties, promoted policies that indirectly allowed a small resurgence of the KKK. Unfortunately, President Woodrow Wilson (D) fired African-American workers in government, and segregated the U.S. Navy. It was President Eisenhower (R) who, in fact, rejected segregation and reintegrated the military.
After Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D), signed the tragic Executive Order 9066 which placed American Citizens of Japanese descent into internment camps. It was Colorado Governor Ralph Carr (R) that opposed internment and said "An American citizen of Japanese descent has the same rights as any other citizen... if you harm them, you must first harm me."
And so our American story goes... we all come from somewhere else. Whether it is Africa, Latin America, Asia or through Ellis Island, we have all overcome struggles that have been the mountains we have had to climb to become a country of citizens that are all equal. A country of citizens that now have a shared purpose, and lives that all impact each other for the good. We ask you to join us!!!!!!!!!