Our Pledge of Allegiance speaks of liberty and justice for all, but are our leaders living up to that? Social Justice Advocate Sandra Fluke doesnâ??t seem to think so.
As you may recall, Fluke created a media firestorm last year after testifying about contraceptives before Congress. But, that was not her focus tonight.
Pro-equality was the center of Sandra Fluke's discussion at Northern Michigan University--something she says still needs more work. And residents in attendance seem to agree.
"I think there's always room for improvement," says NMU senior Devon Tocco. "I think that in general we are lacking in some areas."
Another NMU student, Carrie Grishaber, believes our leaders are "misrepresenting" our nation.
"They don't truly understand our situation," adds Grishaber.
Sandra Fluke says "when speaking to an audience," she aims to "inform" and make sure people understand "issues that we are facing in our society."
"Try to get people energized so that they are involvedâ?|making their voices heard on those issues," explains Fluke.
She touched on several topics including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for LGBT citizens, Civil Right Voting struggles and the Paycheck Fairness Act for women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would eliminate pay gaps for women in employment, but some in the audience seemed skeptical of Fluke's approach on the issue.
"The problem is there is more men who are engaged in the workforce than women," argues NMU student Justin Bis. "I don't think laws of a Legislature could really deeply change society."
Despite personal positions, Fluke hopes her discussion will get residents to do more about where they stand.