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Family, friends and dignitaries paid their final respects to Ovarie "OV" Smith on March 22nd at Trinity Baptist Church.
Smith was the greatest advocate and crusader for people who suffered from mental disabilities, and a woman who commanded the attention of elected officials for more than 50 years passed away on March 14. She was 99 years old.
Smith was responsible for founding the building that currently houses Willing Workers Inc. in 1965. The non-profit work, activity, behavioral and educational center cares for individuals who have been hospitalized for 10-15 years.
Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) reintroduced the Minority Diabetes Initiative Act (H.R. 3591) in honor of National Diabetes Month. This bill will establish an initiative to provide grants to physicians and community based organizations for diabetes prevention, care, and treatment programs in minority communities. The bill is cosponsored by 41 of the Congresswoman's congressional colleagues.
"Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and it is having an especially severe impact upon minorities," said Congresswoman Waters.
Today, on Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 2800, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program. H.R. 2800 passed the Committee without opposition on a voice vote and now awaits consideration on the House floor.
Last night, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) discussed congressional support for HIV/AIDS policies and programs during a panel entitled, "Achieving the Goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Community Perspective," at the 2012 International AIDS Conference. The Congresswoman's remarks as prepared for delivery follow:
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke at an event marking the display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall and reading the names of individuals who died of HIV/AIDS and who are remembered on the quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is currently on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the international AIDS 2012 Conference. Congresswoman Waters, a Congressional leader in the fight to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through increased awareness, testing, treatment, and funding, is scheduled to speak at the conference on Thursday, July 26th. The Congresswo
Washington – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
"American families have won a great victory today!"