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VIDEO: Trump has shown presidential leadership on immigration. Senate Democrats should take my fellow Tennessean – Howard Baker’s – advice that “the other fellow might be right,” and the other fellow in this case might be named President Trump: https://t.co/pybjUisuxS
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I’m glad the Senate confirmed David Jolley to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of TN. He will serve East Tennesseans with integrity.
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This resolution seeks to recognize their sacrifice & contributions to the civil rights movement.
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Four days later, on April 8, 1968, 42,000 people marched in Memphis, and on April 16, the strike was resolved. The 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis took a stand for freedom, and they displayed a great deal of courage in pursuit of equality.
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His speech included the lines “I've been to the mountain top,” and “I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” The next day, Dr. King was assassinated on the Lorraine Motel balcony.
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On April 3, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a rally of 10,000 African-American workers and residents, members of the clergy, and union members at Mason Temple, the Memphis headquarters of the Church of God in Christ.
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Their deaths galvanized the 1,300 African-American sanitation workers who decided to begin their strike to protest working conditions on February 12, 1968. The workers demanded recognition of their union, increased pay, and safer working conditions.
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In Jan. 1968, workers began negotiating with Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb and the Memphis City Council to improve pay and working conditions. On Feb. 1, 1968, two sanitation workers sought shelter from the rain & were crushed to death in their garbage truck when it malfunctioned.
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HAPPENING NOW. Watch here: https://t.co/1odwQvZlMV https://t.co/jvEtdFBSlj
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TUNE IN at around 4:45 pm EST: I'll be speaking on the Senate floor about a resolution I introduced w/ @SenBobCorker , @DougJones , & @SenatorCardin to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike. You can watch it live here: https://t.co/1odwQvZlMV
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My statement on the Senate immigration debate: https://t.co/EDuEKiaVdi
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My prayers are with the victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their families.
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I enjoyed meeting with the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police. I appreciate all of the good work you do for communities in Tennessee. https://t.co/CuWHZnwkgS
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TN has been home to smart entrepreneurs. Organizations like @LaunchTN & Rise to the Rest are helping more Tennesseans start & grow businesses. I’m glad the rest of the nation is hearing that Chattanooga and Memphis are two of the best cities in the nation to launch a business. https://t.co/FNgi67sqA9
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I believe the president is entitled to a vote on his proposal, and I intend to vote for it. He has shown presidential leadership by proposing a result on DACA recipients and border security.
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