"Very slowly there evolved… certain basic facts, none of them new, but all of them seen in a new light. It was no new thing for America to refuse to let its people starve, nor was it a new idea that man should live by his own labor, but it had not been generally realized that on the ability of the common man to support himself hung the prosperity of everyone in the country." - Frances Perkins, Social and Labor Reformer, Secretary of Labor, Teacher (1880-1965) | Portrait: Robert Shefferly Perkins Public, Labor, 2009 Robert, People Care, Inspiration Items, Robert Shetter, France Perkins, Admire, Francis Perkins
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In 2010, fans lamented Elizabeth Perkins' departure from the Showtime hit series Weeds, drawing her five-season turn as the deliciously twisted, sexual and hilarious Celia Hodes to an end. Thankfully, Perkins is making a return to the big screen with Hop, starring opposite Russell Brand, James Marsden and Kaley Cuoco. The actress told People magazine that for years, she used Vaseline as an inexpensive night cream.
“There is an aspiration that binds us. It is the dream of justice for a beloved community. It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to develop his or her full potential.” - Paul Wellstone, political science professor, activist, US senator (1944-2002) | Portrait: Robert Shetterly
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass, anti-slavery orator and writer (1818-1895) | Portrait: Robert Shetterly
Dr. Frances Kathleen Oldham Kelsey. Despite enormous pressure, Dr. Kelsey refused to grant approval of Thalidomide for use in the USA while working at the FDA. Her refusal saved thousands of children from being born with deformaties. She also helped institute laws protecting patients during drug trials.
I DECIDED TO GET IN TROUBLE -- "When I heard the words of Dr. King, I knew then that I could strike a blow against segregation and racial discrimination, and I decided to get in trouble. I decided to get in the way. But it was good trouble, necessary trouble. Democracy is not a state. It is an act." - John Lewis [one of the "Big 6" leaders of the 1960's movement, Congressman, still fighting for human rights at 72] Portrait: Robert Shetterly