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Framing the Future by Bernie Horn

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CONCLUSIONAn Action Plan for Activists

It was closing in on midnight on Sunday, March 20, 2005, when freshman congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was recognized to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives. The circumstances were extraordinary. Republicans sought to enact a law that applied to only one person—Terri Schiavo—giving her parents the right to federal judicial review of a case that had been litigated in the Florida state courts for years.

Earlier that day, the bill had passed the U.S. Senate. Not a single Democrat or Republican had voiced an objection. In the 435-member U.S. House, only 58 would vote against the legislation. President Bush had already flown in from Crawford, Texas, to sign the bill in the wee hours ...

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