As we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr., we look to the leaders who continue his work — fighting for justice and equality — today.

People like Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym, who passed a resolution condemning the imprisonment and prolonged detention of asylum-seeking children and families as inhumane and counter to international law.

People like Arizona State House Representative Raquel Terán, who just sponsored a pair of bills that would enact same-day voter registration at polling places on Election Day and automatic voter registration upon applying for a driver’s license or a non-operating identification license. With voter suppression being front and center during the 2018 midterm elections, this issue has a renewed urgency.

And people like Stephanie Chang, the first Asian American to serve in the Michigan state legislature, who recently introduced a bill to track the socioeconomic measures of officer involved shootings and use of force complaints.

At New American Leaders, we work to prepare leaders like Helen, Raquel, and Stephanie. They, and many others who are part of the NAL community, know this:

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

In 2019, we will continue to fight with you for a fair democracy that’s representative of all people.