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‘The Struggle of a Lifetime’ (Continued)

“Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.” —U.S. Representative John Lewis (1940–2020)[1]

The words of the late Honorable John Lewis ring powerfully true today. In the U.S., as we welcome a new President-elect and Vice President-elect, we must also defend democracy to ensure a complete, peaceful transition of power. We engage in the struggles generations before us have advanced, despite myriad challenges and emerging new threats such as COVID-19. Just as John Lewis and fellow protestors crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the 1965 voting rights march, in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement filled the Brooklyn Bridge to demand racial justice and an end to police violence.

This struggle for racial justice, as well as other movements—such as for the rights of Indigenous people, laborers, women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, the incarcerated, and people who use drugs—are intimately related to TAG’s mission to end HIV, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis.

This issue of TAGline explores the intergenerational struggle for everything we’ve already won and have yet to win—and how government institutions and initiatives can only work with full ownership of the People. In this issue you’ll find:


[1] Lewis J. Across that bridge: life lessons and a vision for change. New York: Hyperion; 2012.

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