Introduction from Welton

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Welton on Countdown with Keith OlbermannCan you believe we’ll be ringing in 2010 in less than a month? This year has flown by, and it’s been a busy one. As 2009 comes to a close, Interfaith Alliance is looking with anticipation to the year ahead – and reflecting with gratitude on the many things you’ve helped us accomplish this past year.

We’ve succeeded, after more than a decade of hard work, in seeing comprehensive hate crimes legislation signed into law. And we celebrate that victory as we gear up for a similar clash over employment non-discrimination legislation. We’ve taken our Weekend LEADD program to the nation’s heartland this year. And next year we’ll push further west and north, educating high school students about the diversity and freedoms that are so crucial to our nation. We’ve lost our Honorary Chairman, Walter Cronkite, whom we continue to mourn. But our celebration of his life in New York this fall was filled with such dedication to fulfilling his legacy that it gives me renewed hope for the future of our religious freedom.

In this, our last e-newsletter of 2009, you’ll find photographs and video clips of our work from this year and articles that look to what lies ahead. And you’ll see that we want your input on how we’re doing. Let us know what you think! And enjoy.