Attorney Megan named 2014 Civil Rights leader
On May 17, 2014 Coachella Valley democrats honored Megan Beaman by giving her the 2014 Civil Rights Award. The award ceremony also served as a fundraiser for the Democratic Women of the Desert. Megan's award was presented by the Democratic Women of the Desert Board, as well as prominent Democratic elected officials Congressmember Raul Ruiz, Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez, Senator Benjamin Hueso, Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia, and Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez.
Megan's comments upon presentation of the award are copied below, at the request of several supporters who were present. Colleague Silvia Paz accepted the award and gave Megan's comments on her behalf, since she was unable to attend due to her advanced pregnancy.
It is not lost on me -- nor should be lost on any of you -- that I am receiving an award rooted in the violations of others' rights.
I am a white, US-born, English-speaking, educated professional who has benefited tremendously from the systems of privilege in this country. I am also a woman. I also grew up poor. I also am giving birth soon to a multi-racial baby girl who will join a family of mixed immigration statuses.
And so, like me, all of you have different privileges and challenges in your own lives, and different relationships to privilege and oppression, based precisely on who you are in our shared world.
Civil rights stand for the basic principle that -- despite the differences between us -- all of us have inherently equal value as human beings. The workers who cultivated and prepared our food today are as equally valuable as those of us who eat it, as well as the officials we help to elect. The workers in this country club and on this golf course are as equally valuable as the homeowners and golfers who benefit from their labor.
Civil rights are not given or earned. They are constant. They are inalienable. And no matter where any of us fall in the spectrum, it is ALL of our responsibility to ensure that no one tries to deny those rights.
It is my privilege to receive an award for work that I have done to fulfill this responsibility, on behalf of others--many of whom continue suffering in their own ways.
I truly appreciate the support and the camaraderie of the Democratic Women, and our other allies and friends, and look forward to more collaboration and more victories on June 3 and beyond.
And.....YES ON MEASURE D for more accountable Coachella Valley Water District representation and less dilution of Latino voting blocks!