DC Rally for Refugees Organizes for late August ’16 Demonstration
What do you think of the Statue of Liberty?
What do you think of the poem inscribed in a plaque at the Statue of Liberty’s base? It reads:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
If you believe in the dream of what this country stands for as channeled by Emma Lazarus in “The New Colossus,” here’s a chance for you to stand up for that dream. On August 28, you’re invited to come to the Washington Monument in our nation’s capital at 9 AM and rally for compassion and assistance to refugees, whose numbers around the globe this year have reached a new record high. Will we meet them with help or turn away with scorn? The organizers explain their motivation to demonstrate for the former:
“DCRally4Refugees was inspired by Americans who traveled to Greece and volunteered directly with refugees fleeing war and violence in Syria and other countries. After bearing witness to the suffering of millions and hearing the voices of fear and intolerance at home, they felt compelled to do everything possible to raise awareness, stand up against the voices of intolerance, and show the world that America cares about the greatest refugee crises since World War II.
“DCRally4Refugees stands for the right of all people to live in safety, dignity, and peace. As borders have closed to those fleeing war and violence, the voices of fear and intolerance have grown louder and leaders are failing in their responsibilities to uphold international obligations, we will not let politics or fear stand in the way of our compassion. We urge the United States Government to do more to fulfill its legal and moral obligations toward refugees and further assist the countries which are carrying the heaviest burden of the ongoing crisis. We believe that every act of rejection is an affront to humanity and every act of compassion a reminder of what is best in each and every one of us.”