‘America Lost a Powerful Leader – and a Genuine Hero – Yesterday;’ MomsRising Mourns Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings
“The child of sharecroppers, Elijah Cummings rose to become one of the most effective and respected members of the United States Congress – a leader who commanded respect because of his passion, dignity, and unerring sense of right and wrong. He was an eloquent and tireless champion of all those who struggle against discrimination, poverty, violence, and a system that often perpetuates injustice.
“Rep. Cummings was a gifted orator who was passionate in defending those whose voices often go unheard or ignored – whether they be children from asylum-seeking families held in deplorable conditions in cages at our border or members of his Baltimore community being maligned by a President who knows and cares nothing about their struggles. Rep. Cummings stood up to bullies, no matter how powerful, and demanded justice for all.
“Fierce and fair, Cummings devoted his life to making opportunity equal, rooting out discrimination, and stopping violations of civil and human rights. At MomsRising, we were privileged to work with him to advance several vitally important bills, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, the Healthy Families Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the FAMILY (Family And Medical Insurance Leave) Act. According to reports, his last act related to holding those who endangered asylum-seekers accountable.
“America lost a powerful leader and a genuine hero yesterday. We will miss him terribly. We dedicate ourselves to continuing Elijah Cummings’ fight for inclusion, civil rights, and justice for every person in every corner of our nation.”