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  • Tamron Hall: “I’m thankful for my supportive colleagues, friends and family, and for the continued sacrifice of the men and women serving in our military.”
  • Rev. Al Sharpton: “I’m thankful that more than 200,000 people are still committed to the dream of Dr. King and willing to travel from all over the country to march on Washington again.”
  • Thomas Roberts: “I’m thankful I get to cover the social justice trend of marriage equality domestically and internationally”
  • Chris Jansing: “I’m thankful for the people who turn personal tragedy into public advocacy – Malala, the Newtown families and Elizabeth Smart, to name a few.”
  • Craig Melvin: “I’m thankful for the solution-finders and idea-generators.”
  • Martin Bashir: “I’m thankful for the resilience and courage that we see in those who daily fight chronic illness and disease–a spirit that I witnessed firsthand in my late brother Tommy and his battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy—a disease that took his life but never diminished his ability to inspire love and kindness in others.”
  • Chuck Todd: “I’m thankful for the privilege to help people navigate the complex and sometimes messy process that is Washington politics, and for the opportunity to make it easier for others to understand and digest.”
  • Ed Schultz: “After what my wife Wendy went through the past year and a half, I’m thankful for a healthy body and a healthy family.”
  • Alex Witt: “I’m thankful for those who won’t give up on a bipartisan pursuit of background checks on all commercial gun sales.”
  • Abby Huntsman: “I’m thankful SCOTUS is advancing gay rights”
  • Andrea Mitchell: “I’m thankful for the Fisher House Foundation coming to the rescue of military families who were denied the death gratuity benefit during the government shutdown.”
  • Krystal Ball: “I’m thankful that my home state of Virginia IS NOT going to have to suffer through 4 years of Ken Cuccinelli as Governor!”
  • Veronica De La Cruz: “I am thankful for the ACA & the Democrats who refuse to play politics with people’s lives by continuing to stand behind it.”
  • Chris Matthews: “I’m thankful for John Kerry’s effort to avert war with Iran.”
  • Chris Hayes: “I’m thankful for the bravery of the fast food workers who risked their livelihoods to demand a better future.”
  • Melissa Harris Perry: “I’m thankful for the women who stood up in Texas, for brave North Carolinians arrested on Moral Mondays, and everyone who stays in the struggle.“
  • Lawrence O’Donnell: “I’m thankful for donations to the K.I.N.D. fund.”
  • Ari Melber: “I’m thankful for Kerry Washington.”
  •  Steve Kornacki: “I’m thankful I finally get to host my own game show.”
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Why I'm thankful

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In a year where Congress’ approval rating has reached an all time low, an embattled President Obama faces the healthcare challenge that could define his legacy, and the timetable for US troops in Afghanistan remains murky, it is all too easy to become cynical about the public sphere. But when members of the msnbc family paused to reflect, what they recalled was a year full of triumph and spirit.

From SCOTUS taking a stand on marriage equality, to American fast-food workers taking a stand for themselves, and Wendy Davis literally standing for women, there was much to be grateful for.

Join us to commemorate the year that was, the people who made a difference, and the moments we’ll celebrate for years to come.

msnbc wants to hear from you. Please share what you are thankful for– here in the comments, or on social media using #whyimthankful. We look forward to sharing your words, photos, and reflections.