1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:02,189 2 00:00:02,189 --> 00:00:02,910 BARBARA PROSE: Good morning. 3 00:00:02,910 --> 00:00:05,005 AUDIENCE: Good morning. 4 00:00:05,005 --> 00:00:06,230 BARBARA PROSE: Buenos dias. 5 00:00:06,230 --> 00:00:08,090 AUDIENCE: Buenos dias. 6 00:00:08,090 --> 00:00:11,040 BARBARA PROSE: So I have to tell you something before we 7 00:00:11,040 --> 00:00:14,260 light our morning chalice, our chalice this morning. 8 00:00:14,260 --> 00:00:18,070 And that is that this is my very first GA. 9 00:00:18,070 --> 00:00:20,890 [APPLAUSE] 10 00:00:20,890 --> 00:00:22,570 BARBARA PROSE: Thank you. 11 00:00:22,570 --> 00:00:25,520 So it is an especially great honor to worship 12 00:00:25,520 --> 00:00:26,549 with you this morning. 13 00:00:26,549 --> 00:00:30,840 So thank you all for coming out early at maybe a low point 14 00:00:30,840 --> 00:00:31,300 in the week. 15 00:00:31,300 --> 00:00:34,960 We're approaching midweek, so I know many of us are tired. 16 00:00:34,960 --> 00:00:38,950 So thank you for joining in worship with me this morning. 17 00:00:38,950 --> 00:00:41,420 As we light our chalice this morning, I would like to use 18 00:00:41,420 --> 00:00:43,720 the covenant spoken in the Free 19 00:00:43,720 --> 00:00:47,320 Unitarian Church of Mexico. 20 00:00:47,320 --> 00:00:52,010 It was written in 1933 by Universalist minister L. 21 00:00:52,010 --> 00:00:54,050 Griswold Williams. 22 00:00:54,050 --> 00:00:57,970 I will say it first in Spanish and then invite Reverend Marti 23 00:00:57,970 --> 00:01:01,620 Keller, my mentor during this past year, 24 00:01:01,620 --> 00:01:04,940 to say it in English. 25 00:01:04,940 --> 00:01:45,140 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 26 00:01:45,140 --> 00:01:46,570 MARTI KELLER: And in English. 27 00:01:46,570 --> 00:01:49,470 Love is the doctrine of this church. 28 00:01:49,470 --> 00:01:52,700 The quest of truth is it's sacrament, and 29 00:01:52,700 --> 00:01:55,020 service is its prayer. 30 00:01:55,020 --> 00:01:59,970 To dwell together in peace, to seek knowledge in freedom, to 31 00:01:59,970 --> 00:02:04,840 serve human need, to the end that all souls shall grow into 32 00:02:04,840 --> 00:02:09,750 harmony with the divine, thus do we covenant with each other 33 00:02:09,750 --> 00:02:17,320 and with God. 34 00:02:17,320 --> 00:02:18,455 DAVID BREDEEN: Good morning. 35 00:02:18,455 --> 00:02:19,790 AUDIENCE: Good morning. 36 00:02:19,790 --> 00:02:22,240 DAVID BREDEEN: I'm David Bredeen, a commissioner on the 37 00:02:22,240 --> 00:02:24,820 Commission for Social Witness. 38 00:02:24,820 --> 00:02:28,790 Welcome to this morning's worship service. 39 00:02:28,790 --> 00:02:32,790 At this General Assembly, we have studied and learned. 40 00:02:32,790 --> 00:02:35,540 We have discussed and debated. 41 00:02:35,540 --> 00:02:38,350 And we have worked and wept. 42 00:02:38,350 --> 00:02:43,220 By this morning, we may be a little tired of wrestling with 43 00:02:43,220 --> 00:02:46,730 the complexities of immigration law and the call 44 00:02:46,730 --> 00:02:49,270 of our consciences. 45 00:02:49,270 --> 00:02:52,360 So may our worship this morning fill us with the 46 00:02:52,360 --> 00:02:59,360 strength and the courage we need as individuals, and as a 47 00:02:59,360 --> 00:03:06,160 community, to continue this tough work of justice. 48 00:03:06,160 --> 00:03:10,760 May our worship this morning imprint "si, se puede" in our 49 00:03:10,760 --> 00:03:20,540 minds and in our hearts. 50 00:03:20,540 --> 00:03:23,130 DAVID GLASGOW: I invite you now to rise in body and spirit 51 00:03:23,130 --> 00:03:26,880 and join us in singing the words to two different songs 52 00:03:26,880 --> 00:03:30,650 set to the same tune, a tune known as "Finlandia." We will 53 00:03:30,650 --> 00:03:33,890 alternate the verses to "We Would Be One," and "This Is My 54 00:03:33,890 --> 00:03:37,750 Song," which together call us to remember the beauty of all 55 00:03:37,750 --> 00:03:40,010 lands and of all people. 56 00:03:40,010 --> 00:07:28,610 [MUSIC - "WE WOULD BE ONE/THIS IS MY SONG"] 57 00:07:28,610 --> 00:07:31,200 BILL HAMILTON HOLWAY: Good morning. 58 00:07:31,200 --> 00:07:34,810 I'm Bill Hamilton Holway, president of the Unitarian 59 00:07:34,810 --> 00:07:38,300 Universalist Minister's Association. 60 00:07:38,300 --> 00:07:41,550 The UUMA is proud to co-sponsor, with the 61 00:07:41,550 --> 00:07:44,710 Commission on Social Witness, the Social 62 00:07:44,710 --> 00:07:47,840 Witness Sermon Award. 63 00:07:47,840 --> 00:07:51,900 Each year ministers and lay preachers are invited to 64 00:07:51,900 --> 00:07:56,290 submit sermons they have preached in the last year on 65 00:07:56,290 --> 00:08:00,780 an aspect of one of the congregational study action 66 00:08:00,780 --> 00:08:08,590 issues adopted by delegates to previous General Assemblies. 67 00:08:08,590 --> 00:08:13,730 We support this contest as an incentive to Unitarian 68 00:08:13,730 --> 00:08:19,250 Universalists to reflect on and speak about social justice 69 00:08:19,250 --> 00:08:24,720 issues that shape the fabric of our culture. 70 00:08:24,720 --> 00:08:29,100 Whether our focus is on bringing peace to a world at 71 00:08:29,100 --> 00:08:35,750 war or addressing the equal access to people to water, 72 00:08:35,750 --> 00:08:42,290 food, shelter, health care, the call at the heart of our 73 00:08:42,290 --> 00:08:48,280 Unitarian Universalist identity is to notice, to 74 00:08:48,280 --> 00:08:57,080 name, to inspire, to organize, to act. 75 00:08:57,080 --> 00:09:02,080 We call it putting our faith into action. 76 00:09:02,080 --> 00:09:07,250 And we encourage one another to hone our skills and rouse 77 00:09:07,250 --> 00:09:14,040 our courage that we can make a difference. 78 00:09:14,040 --> 00:09:17,350 This year, preachers were invited to focus on the study 79 00:09:17,350 --> 00:09:20,730 action issue of immigration as a moral 80 00:09:20,730 --> 00:09:27,140 issue adopted for 2010-2014. 81 00:09:27,140 --> 00:09:30,550 I am pleased to present this year's Social Witness sermon 82 00:09:30,550 --> 00:09:38,310 award to Barbara Prose for her sermon entitled, "Define 83 00:09:38,310 --> 00:09:41,930 American." 84 00:09:41,930 --> 00:09:45,250 Barbara has just completed her first year in preliminary 85 00:09:45,250 --> 00:09:49,130 fellowship and serves as assistant minister at All 86 00:09:49,130 --> 00:09:53,020 Souls in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 87 00:09:53,020 --> 00:09:58,690 Prior to being a minister, she was a midwife, or partera. 88 00:09:58,690 --> 00:10:03,340 She is also a facilitator in our new, "Who Are Our 89 00:10:03,340 --> 00:10:06,170 Neighbors?" program. 90 00:10:06,170 --> 00:10:09,680 Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you for sharing your 91 00:10:09,680 --> 00:10:12,802 sermon with us this morning. 92 00:10:12,802 --> 00:10:27,200 [APPLAUSE] 93 00:10:27,200 --> 00:10:31,570 JACQUELINE DUHART: If you want to show your love for America, 94 00:10:31,570 --> 00:10:34,630 love Americans. 95 00:10:34,630 --> 00:10:41,000 Smile when you see one flower like his turban, rose pink. 96 00:10:41,000 --> 00:10:47,040 Rejoice at the eagle feather in grandfather's braid. 97 00:10:47,040 --> 00:10:53,340 If a sister's bus driver's hair is especially nappy, a 98 00:10:53,340 --> 00:11:00,226 miracle in itself, praise it. 99 00:11:00,226 --> 00:11:05,360 How can there be homeless in a land so crammed with houses 100 00:11:05,360 --> 00:11:09,630 and young children sold as sex snacks, causing our thoughts 101 00:11:09,630 --> 00:11:14,390 to flinch and snag? 102 00:11:14,390 --> 00:11:19,440 Love your country by loving Americans. 103 00:11:19,440 --> 00:11:22,020 Love Americans. 104 00:11:22,020 --> 00:11:28,980 Salute the soul and the body of who we spectacularly and 105 00:11:28,980 --> 00:11:32,502 sometimes pitifully are. 106 00:11:32,502 --> 00:11:34,892 Love us. 107 00:11:34,892 --> 00:11:38,461 We are the flag. 108 00:11:38,461 --> 00:11:46,320 [APPLAUSE] 109 00:11:46,320 --> 00:11:47,640 DAVID GLASGOW: That piece was entitled, 110 00:11:47,640 --> 00:11:52,770 "Patriot," by Alice Walker. 111 00:11:52,770 --> 00:14:27,740 [MUSIC PLAYING] 112 00:14:27,740 --> 00:14:34,880 BARBARA PROSE: If we drive a car, and most of us do, we've 113 00:14:34,880 --> 00:14:38,240 probably had the experience of being pulled over for 114 00:14:38,240 --> 00:14:44,290 something like speeding, having a headlight out, 115 00:14:44,290 --> 00:14:47,960 forgetting a turn signal, maybe rolling 116 00:14:47,960 --> 00:14:51,280 through a stop sign. 117 00:14:51,280 --> 00:14:53,540 When a University of California professor was 118 00:14:53,540 --> 00:14:58,100 stopped by police on his way home, he realized gradually it 119 00:14:58,100 --> 00:15:01,530 was more than a casual pull over. 120 00:15:01,530 --> 00:15:04,840 There was no talk of speeding. 121 00:15:04,840 --> 00:15:08,060 His headlights were both working. 122 00:15:08,060 --> 00:15:13,450 He had used his turn signals, and they were both working. 123 00:15:13,450 --> 00:15:16,610 But he started getting really nervous when the two officers 124 00:15:16,610 --> 00:15:21,870 asked, what race are you? 125 00:15:21,870 --> 00:15:26,670 He looked them straight in the eye and said, the human race, 126 00:15:26,670 --> 00:15:32,650 sirs, the human race. 127 00:15:32,650 --> 00:15:36,480 There's a lot of talk out there right now and in here 128 00:15:36,480 --> 00:15:40,890 too, this week, about immigration, about Obama's 129 00:15:40,890 --> 00:15:45,330 recent executive action, and about the impact of 130 00:15:45,330 --> 00:15:48,810 immigration on the future of our nation. 131 00:15:48,810 --> 00:15:54,510 Are the undocumented a threat or the very 132 00:15:54,510 --> 00:15:58,070 salvation of our nation? 133 00:15:58,070 --> 00:16:01,720 Since 2010 there's been divisive debate about whether 134 00:16:01,720 --> 00:16:05,210 SB 1070 has been a failure or a success. 135 00:16:05,210 --> 00:16:08,310 Some say that fewer people are crossing the border because 136 00:16:08,310 --> 00:16:12,000 law enforcement tactics have worked. 137 00:16:12,000 --> 00:16:13,860 Others would say-- 138 00:16:13,860 --> 00:16:17,410 well, you are those others. 139 00:16:17,410 --> 00:16:19,980 You've been saying in your words and actions this week 140 00:16:19,980 --> 00:16:25,590 and for the past few years that SB 1070 is the cause of 141 00:16:25,590 --> 00:16:29,440 repeated civil rights violations, profound human 142 00:16:29,440 --> 00:16:33,380 suffering, and persistent economic damage to the state 143 00:16:33,380 --> 00:16:36,160 of Arizona. 144 00:16:36,160 --> 00:16:40,500 We've learn together about the workers' exodus from Alabama 145 00:16:40,500 --> 00:16:43,130 and about crops rotting in the fields 146 00:16:43,130 --> 00:16:46,560 in Georgia and Arkansas. 147 00:16:46,560 --> 00:16:50,930 In Oklahoma, I've told the story of Isabella, a daughter 148 00:16:50,930 --> 00:16:55,990 of a friend in Tulsa, who came home on her ninth birthday to 149 00:16:55,990 --> 00:17:01,359 discover her dad had been deported that very day. 150 00:17:01,359 --> 00:17:04,960 I've talked about my neighbors who don't dare call the police 151 00:17:04,960 --> 00:17:08,760 for fear they'll be deported, thus putting their own and 152 00:17:08,760 --> 00:17:12,109 their children's lives at risk. 153 00:17:12,109 --> 00:17:16,680 But you know about the statistics and the sadness, 154 00:17:16,680 --> 00:17:21,990 the fear and the broken families, the racism and the 155 00:17:21,990 --> 00:17:25,015 painful realities. 156 00:17:25,015 --> 00:17:28,780 So I'm going to tell you this morning why immigration 157 00:17:28,780 --> 00:17:34,180 matters to me, because it's one thing for other people, 158 00:17:34,180 --> 00:17:37,230 even when they're leaders of your religious community and 159 00:17:37,230 --> 00:17:41,220 of your congregation, to tell you something matters and 160 00:17:41,220 --> 00:17:46,250 another thing entirely to find within yourself the place you 161 00:17:46,250 --> 00:17:51,190 stand on an issue and why. 162 00:17:51,190 --> 00:17:55,150 I'm a first generation American on my mother's side 163 00:17:55,150 --> 00:17:59,200 and barely a third generation American on my father's. 164 00:17:59,200 --> 00:18:02,530 Because the arrival of both sides of my family is so 165 00:18:02,530 --> 00:18:08,710 recent, I never forget that I came here from somewhere else. 166 00:18:08,710 --> 00:18:11,270 At the turn of the 20th century, my paternal 167 00:18:11,270 --> 00:18:14,520 great-grandparents were leaving the pogroms of Eastern 168 00:18:14,520 --> 00:18:16,780 Europe behind. 169 00:18:16,780 --> 00:18:21,620 In 1957, my mother was leaving the trauma, the long-lasting 170 00:18:21,620 --> 00:18:25,620 trauma of World War II behind. 171 00:18:25,620 --> 00:18:29,410 Then I studied and trained to be a midwife or a partera in 172 00:18:29,410 --> 00:18:33,290 El Paso, Texas, primarily serving women and families 173 00:18:33,290 --> 00:18:35,610 from Mexico. 174 00:18:35,610 --> 00:18:40,250 There is one transport I will never forget. 175 00:18:40,250 --> 00:18:44,570 A woman was bleeding heavily in labor, a dangerous sign, 176 00:18:44,570 --> 00:18:47,420 probably trouble with the placenta. 177 00:18:47,420 --> 00:18:51,040 Because it was faster to drive than to call an ambulance, we 178 00:18:51,040 --> 00:18:55,320 helped her into the backseat of my car. 179 00:18:55,320 --> 00:18:58,550 I drove from our freestanding birth center, Maternidad La 180 00:18:58,550 --> 00:19:02,870 Luz, to a large El Paso city hospital. 181 00:19:02,870 --> 00:19:06,550 I showed the docs on duty her chart, answered questions, 182 00:19:06,550 --> 00:19:09,550 urgently explained the emergency, and answered some 183 00:19:09,550 --> 00:19:11,830 more questions. 184 00:19:11,830 --> 00:19:14,710 And then they turned us away. 185 00:19:14,710 --> 00:19:18,180 They denied us care. 186 00:19:18,180 --> 00:19:21,000 So gripping the steering wheel, before cellphones or 187 00:19:21,000 --> 00:19:25,010 Google Maps, I made my way across the border into Juarez 188 00:19:25,010 --> 00:19:27,630 to find a clinic just in time for a 189 00:19:27,630 --> 00:19:30,850 life-saving Cesarean section. 190 00:19:30,850 --> 00:19:33,810 I've learned since then that the actions of that hospital 191 00:19:33,810 --> 00:19:36,270 were illegal. 192 00:19:36,270 --> 00:19:41,490 And I will never, ever forget watching helicopters on the El 193 00:19:41,490 --> 00:19:46,140 Paso side of the border herd people from the sky, chase 194 00:19:46,140 --> 00:19:49,150 them in circles, and force them into 195 00:19:49,150 --> 00:19:53,490 metal cages like animals. 196 00:19:53,490 --> 00:19:56,570 I didn't know much about immigration law when I lived 197 00:19:56,570 --> 00:19:59,210 on the border back in the '80s. 198 00:19:59,210 --> 00:20:02,260 But even without studying the intricacies of quotas, 199 00:20:02,260 --> 00:20:06,280 amnesty, and refugee status regulations, the history of 200 00:20:06,280 --> 00:20:11,050 race laws, the impact of NAFTA on the American economy and on 201 00:20:11,050 --> 00:20:15,680 the Mexican economy, or the impact of 9/11 on the American 202 00:20:15,680 --> 00:20:20,390 psyche, it was clear to me then as it is as clear to me 203 00:20:20,390 --> 00:20:26,090 now that immigrants, with or without documents, are people, 204 00:20:26,090 --> 00:20:31,630 people first, with inherent human rights and dignity, and 205 00:20:31,630 --> 00:20:34,600 then citizens. 206 00:20:34,600 --> 00:20:37,260 So here's the story of one person, 207 00:20:37,260 --> 00:20:40,560 one man, one immigrant. 208 00:20:40,560 --> 00:20:44,370 His name is Jose Antonio Vargas and some of 209 00:20:44,370 --> 00:20:50,030 you know about him. 210 00:20:50,030 --> 00:20:52,720 Born in the Philippines, his mom sent him to the United 211 00:20:52,720 --> 00:20:55,740 States when he was 12 years old so he could have that 212 00:20:55,740 --> 00:20:57,620 better life. 213 00:20:57,620 --> 00:21:01,680 He lived with his grandparents in California, learned English 214 00:21:01,680 --> 00:21:08,690 by watching "Frasier," and won the spelling bee in eighth 215 00:21:08,690 --> 00:21:13,970 grade by spelling the word indefatigable. 216 00:21:13,970 --> 00:21:16,150 He fell in love with journalism in high school, 217 00:21:16,150 --> 00:21:18,610 worked for the local paper, and then got a job with The 218 00:21:18,610 --> 00:21:22,510 Washington Post after graduation. 219 00:21:22,510 --> 00:21:25,640 During the 2008 presidential elections, he interviewed Al 220 00:21:25,640 --> 00:21:29,300 Gore, rode in Hillary Clinton's plane, and went 221 00:21:29,300 --> 00:21:33,480 pheasant hunting with Mike Huckabee. 222 00:21:33,480 --> 00:21:36,670 He's won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Virginia 223 00:21:36,670 --> 00:21:39,110 Tech massacres. 224 00:21:39,110 --> 00:21:42,210 Years before the Pulitzer though, during high school, 225 00:21:42,210 --> 00:21:44,950 when he was 16, he went to the DMV to get 226 00:21:44,950 --> 00:21:46,645 his driver's license. 227 00:21:46,645 --> 00:21:49,550 The woman at the counter took his green card, turned it 228 00:21:49,550 --> 00:21:53,500 over, gave it back to him, and said, this is a fake. 229 00:21:53,500 --> 00:21:56,610 Don't ever come back here again. 230 00:21:56,610 --> 00:22:00,475 Jose went home that day, told his grandfather, and found out 231 00:22:00,475 --> 00:22:03,160 at 16 that he was what some people would still like to 232 00:22:03,160 --> 00:22:06,640 call an illegal. 233 00:22:06,640 --> 00:22:09,390 When he told his choir director he wouldn't be able 234 00:22:09,390 --> 00:22:11,870 to go on the choir trip to Japan because his family 235 00:22:11,870 --> 00:22:14,820 couldn't afford it, the director said they'd make it 236 00:22:14,820 --> 00:22:17,630 work somehow, which is when Jose 237 00:22:17,630 --> 00:22:20,320 decided to tell the truth. 238 00:22:20,320 --> 00:22:22,850 It's not about the money, he said. 239 00:22:22,850 --> 00:22:25,320 I don't have the right passport. 240 00:22:25,320 --> 00:22:29,190 I'm not supposed to be here. 241 00:22:29,190 --> 00:22:33,985 So the choir went to Hawaii instead. 242 00:22:33,985 --> 00:22:41,300 [APPLAUSE] 243 00:22:41,300 --> 00:22:42,482 "Jose's enthusiastic. 244 00:22:42,482 --> 00:22:45,950 He comes to class and he works hard. 245 00:22:45,950 --> 00:22:49,605 My job is to help make better citizens of the world, not to 246 00:22:49,605 --> 00:22:54,820 know what papers kids have or don't," Miss Denny said. 247 00:22:54,820 --> 00:22:58,330 Jose calls Miss Denny and his high school principal and the 248 00:22:58,330 --> 00:23:02,460 school superintendent the beginning of his own personal 249 00:23:02,460 --> 00:23:05,690 underground railroad. 250 00:23:05,690 --> 00:23:08,640 He came out to the world last year-- and that's what he 251 00:23:08,640 --> 00:23:12,080 calls it, coming out-- and has started an online conversation 252 00:23:12,080 --> 00:23:16,590 about what it means to be an American. 253 00:23:16,590 --> 00:23:21,040 Jose's definition of an American is anyone who works 254 00:23:21,040 --> 00:23:23,980 hard, who is proud of his country and wants to 255 00:23:23,980 --> 00:23:29,010 contribute, who's not a burden on anyone. 256 00:23:29,010 --> 00:23:32,180 I'm an American, he says. 257 00:23:32,180 --> 00:23:35,140 And you can learn more about the Define American project by 258 00:23:35,140 --> 00:23:44,210 visiting Jose's website, www.defineamerican.com. 259 00:23:44,210 --> 00:23:47,110 Is he or isn't he an American? 260 00:23:47,110 --> 00:23:50,790 And who gets to decide? 261 00:23:50,790 --> 00:23:53,275 It helps me at this point to remember the definition of who 262 00:23:53,275 --> 00:23:56,070 is an American has never been fixed. 263 00:23:56,070 --> 00:24:00,210 Who is allowed to be a citizen has never been fixed. 264 00:24:00,210 --> 00:24:04,590 What is required to become a citizen has always been and 265 00:24:04,590 --> 00:24:06,690 continues to be fluid. 266 00:24:06,690 --> 00:24:10,990 For example, in 1790, naturalization was reserved 267 00:24:10,990 --> 00:24:16,380 for free white persons of good moral character and 268 00:24:16,380 --> 00:24:20,830 citizenship was inherited slowly through the father. 269 00:24:20,830 --> 00:24:24,565 In 1857, in the Dred Scott decision, legislators decided 270 00:24:24,565 --> 00:24:27,690 no people of African descent could ever be citizens, 271 00:24:27,690 --> 00:24:29,950 whether slave or free. 272 00:24:29,950 --> 00:24:34,360 In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited Chinese people 273 00:24:34,360 --> 00:24:38,160 from becoming citizens and that law was passed. 274 00:24:38,160 --> 00:24:44,000 And it wasn't until 1924, that the Indian Citizenship Act 275 00:24:44,000 --> 00:24:46,510 granted birthright citizenship to indigenous 276 00:24:46,510 --> 00:24:52,160 peoples born here. 277 00:24:52,160 --> 00:24:54,770 So Mr. Vargas is in a long line of people who've lived 278 00:24:54,770 --> 00:24:57,320 here, worked here, raised their families here, and have 279 00:24:57,320 --> 00:25:01,450 even been born here and were denied citizenship. 280 00:25:01,450 --> 00:25:04,820 Would most of those people have said, I'm an American? 281 00:25:04,820 --> 00:25:08,240 Absolutely. 282 00:25:08,240 --> 00:25:11,640 Each of you has a story about where you come from, where 283 00:25:11,640 --> 00:25:15,420 you've gone, and where you feel like you belong. 284 00:25:15,420 --> 00:25:18,800 Each of you has a story about what it means to live on this 285 00:25:18,800 --> 00:25:22,380 land, and to live in this country. 286 00:25:22,380 --> 00:25:26,050 And it's important that we share these stories, our own 287 00:25:26,050 --> 00:25:30,170 personal stories, as we become activists for comprehensive 288 00:25:30,170 --> 00:25:33,310 national immigration reform and defenders 289 00:25:33,310 --> 00:25:35,690 of immigrants' rights. 290 00:25:35,690 --> 00:25:38,390 You've heard pieces of my story. 291 00:25:38,390 --> 00:25:41,170 Here's a little more. 292 00:25:41,170 --> 00:25:47,950 I am bi-national and bilingual, not in Spanish. 293 00:25:47,950 --> 00:25:52,650 I have two passports, as does each of my daughters. 294 00:25:52,650 --> 00:25:57,000 We are citizens of France and of America. 295 00:25:57,000 --> 00:25:58,520 My mother is French. 296 00:25:58,520 --> 00:26:02,350 But she came to this country on the Ethiopian quota. 297 00:26:02,350 --> 00:26:06,150 To this day, my mother speaks with a very strong accent. 298 00:26:06,150 --> 00:26:10,930 I watched my mother study for and pass her citizenship test 299 00:26:10,930 --> 00:26:13,780 when I was in high school. 300 00:26:13,780 --> 00:26:18,420 Her father was tortured during the Second World War and 301 00:26:18,420 --> 00:26:22,990 escaped from prison the day before he was to be executed. 302 00:26:22,990 --> 00:26:25,320 He was Catholic. 303 00:26:25,320 --> 00:26:28,890 My other grandfather is Jewish. 304 00:26:28,890 --> 00:26:33,520 His grandmother died on Ellis Island. 305 00:26:33,520 --> 00:26:39,090 And I am an American. 306 00:26:39,090 --> 00:26:40,430 When I consider the-- 307 00:26:40,430 --> 00:26:45,910 [APPLAUSE] 308 00:26:45,910 --> 00:26:48,640 When I consider the history of citizenship in this country, 309 00:26:48,640 --> 00:26:52,750 I'm struck by how often I take my own citizenship and the 310 00:26:52,750 --> 00:26:56,250 rights granted to me completely for granted. 311 00:26:56,250 --> 00:27:00,130 It wasn't until 1952 that our laws were changed to clearly 312 00:27:00,130 --> 00:27:03,450 state that citizenship shall not be denied or abridged 313 00:27:03,450 --> 00:27:06,590 because of race or sex. 314 00:27:06,590 --> 00:27:10,970 Citizenship is not something to be taken for granted. 315 00:27:10,970 --> 00:27:14,900 Our democracy is an experiment, an experiment in 316 00:27:14,900 --> 00:27:17,580 government for and by the people. 317 00:27:17,580 --> 00:27:20,320 And the gift of citizenship that I've been given demands 318 00:27:20,320 --> 00:27:23,590 that I educate myself about the issues, that I engage with 319 00:27:23,590 --> 00:27:26,160 my friends and neighbors in conversation and debate, that 320 00:27:26,160 --> 00:27:28,780 I vote, that I encourage others to vote, that I 321 00:27:28,780 --> 00:27:30,760 volunteer and register other people to 322 00:27:30,760 --> 00:27:34,380 vote, especially now. 323 00:27:34,380 --> 00:27:36,930 Especially now when the president is feeling the 324 00:27:36,930 --> 00:27:40,690 pressure of young people like the ones gathered here, 325 00:27:40,690 --> 00:27:44,610 feeling the pressure of young activists and dreamers here 326 00:27:44,610 --> 00:27:48,370 and around the country who refuse to be afraid, who tell 327 00:27:48,370 --> 00:27:52,890 the truth, and who demand that immigration be legalized, not 328 00:27:52,890 --> 00:27:55,040 criminalized. 329 00:27:55,040 --> 00:27:58,720 One great irony is that many of the most actively engaged 330 00:27:58,720 --> 00:28:03,060 participants in our democratic process are new citizens and 331 00:28:03,060 --> 00:28:05,230 the undocumented. 332 00:28:05,230 --> 00:28:08,020 The ones I know are not demoralized, disenchanted, or 333 00:28:08,020 --> 00:28:09,890 disillusioned with our system. 334 00:28:09,890 --> 00:28:12,380 To the contrary, they're so grateful to be here and they 335 00:28:12,380 --> 00:28:16,690 are determined to make a difference, which makes me 336 00:28:16,690 --> 00:28:19,660 think of Isabel Castillo, brought to this country from 337 00:28:19,660 --> 00:28:23,220 Mexico when she was six years old. 338 00:28:23,220 --> 00:28:25,470 When all the scholarship books in the college counselor's 339 00:28:25,470 --> 00:28:30,030 office said, "requirement, US citizen or legal resident," 340 00:28:30,030 --> 00:28:32,930 she got a job as a waitress instead. 341 00:28:32,930 --> 00:28:36,190 But Isabel was determined to continue her education and 342 00:28:36,190 --> 00:28:40,370 eventually found a Mennonite university that accepted 343 00:28:40,370 --> 00:28:42,670 undocumented students. 344 00:28:42,670 --> 00:28:45,500 She graduated in 3 and 1/2 years with a degree in social 345 00:28:45,500 --> 00:28:49,800 work and found herself stuck again. 346 00:28:49,800 --> 00:28:53,990 She says, I wanted to give back to my community. 347 00:28:53,990 --> 00:28:56,840 I wanted to start life and my career in the real world. 348 00:28:56,840 --> 00:28:59,030 But I was not able to work legally. 349 00:28:59,030 --> 00:29:01,130 I had two options. 350 00:29:01,130 --> 00:29:04,220 One was to wait for laws to change. 351 00:29:04,220 --> 00:29:06,770 The other, as cliched as it might sound, was to be the 352 00:29:06,770 --> 00:29:09,270 change I wanted to see. 353 00:29:09,270 --> 00:29:12,260 Isabel went to Washington, DC, for a Dream Act conference and 354 00:29:12,260 --> 00:29:16,120 came back to Harrisonburg to start organizing. 355 00:29:16,120 --> 00:29:19,360 A first campaign was to pass a local resolution in favor of 356 00:29:19,360 --> 00:29:20,690 the Dream Act. 357 00:29:20,690 --> 00:29:23,090 She and others worked very hard and eventually over 30 358 00:29:23,090 --> 00:29:26,420 businesses and hundreds of individual signed. 359 00:29:26,420 --> 00:29:28,610 At the final town council meeting, the vote was a 360 00:29:28,610 --> 00:29:32,010 unanimous yes in support of the Dream Act. 361 00:29:32,010 --> 00:29:35,370 At that council meeting, Isabel kept her face away from 362 00:29:35,370 --> 00:29:36,830 the cameras. 363 00:29:36,830 --> 00:29:39,800 She didn't want to put her family at risk. 364 00:29:39,800 --> 00:29:42,270 But since then, she's decided that the more public she is 365 00:29:42,270 --> 00:29:46,660 about her status, the safer she is, and actually the safer 366 00:29:46,660 --> 00:29:49,810 her family is. 367 00:29:49,810 --> 00:29:52,280 "I remember a point when I was depressed. 368 00:29:52,280 --> 00:29:54,580 Our parents risked so much for us, and you wonder if 369 00:29:54,580 --> 00:29:56,080 you can give back. 370 00:29:56,080 --> 00:29:57,100 You think, I can't work. 371 00:29:57,100 --> 00:29:58,060 I can't go to school. 372 00:29:58,060 --> 00:30:00,470 I can't help my family. 373 00:30:00,470 --> 00:30:03,320 It's not a mistake what my parents did, they risked 374 00:30:03,320 --> 00:30:06,750 everything, left everything behind, their culture, home, 375 00:30:06,750 --> 00:30:08,410 and family. 376 00:30:08,410 --> 00:30:11,970 They did this for the sake of a better life for us. 377 00:30:11,970 --> 00:30:15,100 My parents are my heroes." 378 00:30:15,100 --> 00:30:20,050 She continues, "I told the governor of Virginia my story. 379 00:30:20,050 --> 00:30:21,520 At first, he acted impressed. 380 00:30:21,520 --> 00:30:22,600 He said, wow. 381 00:30:22,600 --> 00:30:25,450 A 4.0 in college, adding that more students 382 00:30:25,450 --> 00:30:27,590 like me were needed. 383 00:30:27,590 --> 00:30:31,000 Then I said, but I'm undocumented. 384 00:30:31,000 --> 00:30:33,460 The room got quiet. 385 00:30:33,460 --> 00:30:36,790 So I asked, would you support legislation like the Dream 386 00:30:36,790 --> 00:30:39,990 Act, so that students like myself can have a future in 387 00:30:39,990 --> 00:30:41,800 this country? 388 00:30:41,800 --> 00:30:43,920 And he said no. 389 00:30:43,920 --> 00:30:44,250 No. 390 00:30:44,250 --> 00:30:46,370 That's like turning a blind eye to people who 391 00:30:46,370 --> 00:30:48,590 have broken the law. 392 00:30:48,590 --> 00:30:51,060 People applauded when he said we have to round up every 393 00:30:51,060 --> 00:30:52,490 illegal immigrant and send them back 394 00:30:52,490 --> 00:30:54,870 to their home country. 395 00:30:54,870 --> 00:30:59,900 Finally, I just said, I am an American. 396 00:30:59,900 --> 00:31:05,180 Virginia is my home." 397 00:31:05,180 --> 00:31:08,960 Many people get stuck just where the governor 398 00:31:08,960 --> 00:31:11,810 of Virginia is stuck. 399 00:31:11,810 --> 00:31:15,280 But isn't that true, you might ask. 400 00:31:15,280 --> 00:31:17,560 Isn't that like turning a blind eye to people who've 401 00:31:17,560 --> 00:31:19,440 broken the law? 402 00:31:19,440 --> 00:31:21,600 I'm a law-abiding person. 403 00:31:21,600 --> 00:31:23,600 Shouldn't everyone be? 404 00:31:23,600 --> 00:31:26,790 The safety and security of our nation depends on respect for 405 00:31:26,790 --> 00:31:29,420 the rule of law. 406 00:31:29,420 --> 00:31:31,090 Yes. 407 00:31:31,090 --> 00:31:34,620 And at times, laws themselves are unjust. 408 00:31:34,620 --> 00:31:38,030 And we must have the moral clarity, courage, and resolve 409 00:31:38,030 --> 00:31:41,098 to change them. 410 00:31:41,098 --> 00:31:49,040 [APPLAUSE] 411 00:31:49,040 --> 00:31:53,150 Morality and the law are not the same thing. 412 00:31:53,150 --> 00:31:56,890 Let us not confuse them. 413 00:31:56,890 --> 00:32:00,410 So then how do we know, beyond fact-finding, beyond issue 414 00:32:00,410 --> 00:32:04,470 analysis and paralysis, when fundamental human rights are 415 00:32:04,470 --> 00:32:07,940 being denied rather than protected? 416 00:32:07,940 --> 00:32:11,080 This is where it matters most to me that I'm also a 417 00:32:11,080 --> 00:32:14,440 religious human being, where I turn not just to secular but 418 00:32:14,440 --> 00:32:18,000 to sacred history, and to my community of faith to be my 419 00:32:18,000 --> 00:32:21,770 guide, where I turn to the words and deeds of prophets 420 00:32:21,770 --> 00:32:23,750 past and present to help me find my 421 00:32:23,750 --> 00:32:27,780 own inner moral compass. 422 00:32:27,780 --> 00:32:29,470 And you know this. 423 00:32:29,470 --> 00:32:31,610 The Hebrew and Christian scriptures are full of 424 00:32:31,610 --> 00:32:35,230 explicit teachings on how to treat the foreigner, the 425 00:32:35,230 --> 00:32:39,530 stranger, the exile, and the alien, which only makes sense, 426 00:32:39,530 --> 00:32:42,630 since Exodus is a story about how the people of one nation 427 00:32:42,630 --> 00:32:46,270 seek and find freedom in a new land. 428 00:32:46,270 --> 00:32:48,300 First, the Hebrew people migrate to 429 00:32:48,300 --> 00:32:51,330 Egypt to escape famine. 430 00:32:51,330 --> 00:32:54,110 They start as refugees and become guest workers for 431 00:32:54,110 --> 00:32:57,200 several generations, until their presence creates a 432 00:32:57,200 --> 00:32:59,250 growing dilemma. 433 00:32:59,250 --> 00:33:02,000 As guest workers, they provide cheap labor. 434 00:33:02,000 --> 00:33:04,220 But as their population steadily increases, they're 435 00:33:04,220 --> 00:33:06,940 perceived as a threat to the ruling class, and so are 436 00:33:06,940 --> 00:33:09,810 enslaved by the pharaoh. 437 00:33:09,810 --> 00:33:13,100 Sound familiar? 438 00:33:13,100 --> 00:33:15,380 But it's not just the Book of Exodus. 439 00:33:15,380 --> 00:33:18,640 You could read the whole story from Genesis to Revelation as 440 00:33:18,640 --> 00:33:22,950 one continuous story of immigration, emigration, and 441 00:33:22,950 --> 00:33:26,080 just plain migration. 442 00:33:26,080 --> 00:33:28,350 You could read the whole story as a history of refugees 443 00:33:28,350 --> 00:33:32,100 seeking political asylum, exiles seeking refuge, migrant 444 00:33:32,100 --> 00:33:35,550 laborers seeking work, and one tribe of people marrying with 445 00:33:35,550 --> 00:33:40,760 another, mixing and changing ethnicity, race, and identity. 446 00:33:40,760 --> 00:33:43,640 There's Moses, whose mother puts him in a basket and sets 447 00:33:43,640 --> 00:33:46,860 him afloat to cross the river to be rescued by a woman in 448 00:33:46,860 --> 00:33:51,560 another land who raises him as her own son, Moses, who spends 449 00:33:51,560 --> 00:33:54,110 the end of his life traveling with a band of migrant 450 00:33:54,110 --> 00:33:57,630 laborers, and dies before he can cross over that river 451 00:33:57,630 --> 00:34:01,560 again into the land of promise. 452 00:34:01,560 --> 00:34:02,435 And there's Joseph. 453 00:34:02,435 --> 00:34:04,030 Remember Joseph? 454 00:34:04,030 --> 00:34:08,710 Sold into slavery in Egypt, who by his own wits becomes so 455 00:34:08,710 --> 00:34:12,120 successful he's made personal adviser and counselor to the 456 00:34:12,120 --> 00:34:16,610 pharaoh Joseph, who spends many years in detention, under 457 00:34:16,610 --> 00:34:20,350 arrest, then not only gains legal status but is able to 458 00:34:20,350 --> 00:34:25,880 bring the rest of his family with him to his new homeland. 459 00:34:25,880 --> 00:34:28,400 And if you really want to talk about someone who's a 460 00:34:28,400 --> 00:34:33,000 political refugee with a mixed cultural heritage, let's talk 461 00:34:33,000 --> 00:34:39,230 about Jesus, who was granted asylum in Egypt when Herod 462 00:34:39,230 --> 00:34:43,010 wanted to have him killed and whose family tree includes 463 00:34:43,010 --> 00:34:47,560 Ruth the Moabite, Bathsheba the Hittite, and Tamar and 464 00:34:47,560 --> 00:34:54,430 Rahab the Canaanites, foreigners all. 465 00:34:54,430 --> 00:34:57,590 "Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue 466 00:34:57,590 --> 00:35:01,310 oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and 467 00:35:01,310 --> 00:35:04,910 withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making 468 00:35:04,910 --> 00:35:09,600 widows their prey and robbing the fatherless," thus says the 469 00:35:09,600 --> 00:35:11,856 prophet Isaiah. 470 00:35:11,856 --> 00:35:18,550 [APPLAUSE] 471 00:35:18,550 --> 00:35:20,670 Sometimes I wonder how Isaiah could see so 472 00:35:20,670 --> 00:35:24,260 clearly into the future. 473 00:35:24,260 --> 00:35:30,410 Many books with one story and one moral, you shall love the 474 00:35:30,410 --> 00:35:32,930 alien as yourself, for you were aliens 475 00:35:32,930 --> 00:35:35,410 in the land of Egypt. 476 00:35:35,410 --> 00:35:38,240 There shall be one law for the native and for the alien who 477 00:35:38,240 --> 00:35:40,650 resides among you. 478 00:35:40,650 --> 00:35:44,400 Such a person is granted the same rights and accepts the 479 00:35:44,400 --> 00:35:48,800 same responsibilities as the citizen. 480 00:35:48,800 --> 00:35:52,530 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male 481 00:35:52,530 --> 00:35:56,930 nor female, documented or undocumented, he might have 482 00:35:56,930 --> 00:36:02,700 said, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 483 00:36:02,700 --> 00:36:05,290 Inherent in the governor of Virginia's position is the 484 00:36:05,290 --> 00:36:08,210 assumption that our immigration laws and policies 485 00:36:08,210 --> 00:36:13,240 are just, fair, and worth following. 486 00:36:13,240 --> 00:36:16,130 But the Indian Removal Act of 1830 resulted in 487 00:36:16,130 --> 00:36:17,680 the Trail of Tears. 488 00:36:17,680 --> 00:36:21,690 Under that law, 70,000 Native Americans were uprooted from 489 00:36:21,690 --> 00:36:24,600 their homes and their land at gunpoint. 490 00:36:24,600 --> 00:36:29,970 And about 4,000 Cherokees died on the forced march westward. 491 00:36:29,970 --> 00:36:33,500 The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made it a 492 00:36:33,500 --> 00:36:36,570 crime to help a slave. 493 00:36:36,570 --> 00:36:38,630 It was a law. 494 00:36:38,630 --> 00:36:41,180 Both acts were legal. 495 00:36:41,180 --> 00:36:45,850 Morality and the law are not the same thing. 496 00:36:45,850 --> 00:36:49,400 Let us not confuse them. 497 00:36:49,400 --> 00:37:00,680 [APPLAUSE] 498 00:37:00,680 --> 00:37:03,420 As in the civil rights movement, just as in the civil 499 00:37:03,420 --> 00:37:06,260 rights movement, sometimes our own moral compass demands that 500 00:37:06,260 --> 00:37:10,970 we disobey the law and create new ones. 501 00:37:10,970 --> 00:37:18,020 My family survived in part, and I am alive today, because 502 00:37:18,020 --> 00:37:22,210 my grandmother disobeyed the law of the land. 503 00:37:22,210 --> 00:37:26,640 She listened carefully to Hitler's rhetoric. 504 00:37:26,640 --> 00:37:30,310 She knew when to hide her identity. 505 00:37:30,310 --> 00:37:33,860 She knew when to move her family out of a small city in 506 00:37:33,860 --> 00:37:39,020 the middle of the night into the anonymity of a larger one. 507 00:37:39,020 --> 00:37:42,070 If I'm alive today, it's because my grandfather, my 508 00:37:42,070 --> 00:37:45,000 grandmother and my grandfather dared to disobey 509 00:37:45,000 --> 00:37:47,660 the law of the land. 510 00:37:47,660 --> 00:37:51,700 And my grandmother did not line up in the streets when 511 00:37:51,700 --> 00:37:56,000 the order was proclaimed that all Jews in Paris must wear a 512 00:37:56,000 --> 00:38:01,860 yellow star on their clothes. 513 00:38:01,860 --> 00:38:05,290 For years, because of my mixed cultural and religious 514 00:38:05,290 --> 00:38:10,660 heritage, I was confused about my own identity. 515 00:38:10,660 --> 00:38:14,970 Am I American enough? 516 00:38:14,970 --> 00:38:17,780 Even though I'm white enough not to provoke questions about 517 00:38:17,780 --> 00:38:19,970 my status as an American-- 518 00:38:19,970 --> 00:38:22,550 it's not likely that a police officer would stop me and ask 519 00:38:22,550 --> 00:38:24,480 for my papers-- 520 00:38:24,480 --> 00:38:28,840 when asked identity questions, questions of belonging, for a 521 00:38:28,840 --> 00:38:34,670 long, long time, well into adulthood, I would answer, I 522 00:38:34,670 --> 00:38:36,220 don't know. 523 00:38:36,220 --> 00:38:39,830 I'm first generation French Catholic on my mother's side 524 00:38:39,830 --> 00:38:42,090 and barely third generation Lithuanian Jew 525 00:38:42,090 --> 00:38:43,860 on my father's side. 526 00:38:43,860 --> 00:38:47,650 Does that make me an American? 527 00:38:47,650 --> 00:38:50,140 When I said that to my friend Kate Braestrup a few years 528 00:38:50,140 --> 00:38:55,010 ago, she paused and then asked me if I believed in the words 529 00:38:55,010 --> 00:38:57,720 of the Declaration of Independence. 530 00:38:57,720 --> 00:38:58,986 Sure, I said. 531 00:38:58,986 --> 00:39:03,610 Say them then, she came right back at me. 532 00:39:03,610 --> 00:39:07,220 And I did, as she joined with me. 533 00:39:07,220 --> 00:39:11,470 "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are 534 00:39:11,470 --> 00:39:15,310 created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with 535 00:39:15,310 --> 00:39:18,220 certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, 536 00:39:18,220 --> 00:39:22,950 liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." 537 00:39:22,950 --> 00:39:25,910 Now, the founders of this nation may never have imagined 538 00:39:25,910 --> 00:39:30,090 how hard we would fight to define and redefine those two 539 00:39:30,090 --> 00:39:34,800 words, "all men," so those unalienable rights would be 540 00:39:34,800 --> 00:39:37,650 extended to all people. 541 00:39:37,650 --> 00:39:39,630 But we are fighting. 542 00:39:39,630 --> 00:39:44,020 We do insist that "all men" means all people regardless of 543 00:39:44,020 --> 00:39:47,360 who they love, what color their skin is, what language 544 00:39:47,360 --> 00:39:51,269 they speak, what God they worship or don't. 545 00:39:51,269 --> 00:40:01,060 [APPLAUSE] 546 00:40:01,060 --> 00:40:06,660 "We hold these truths to be self-evident." Would you join 547 00:40:06,660 --> 00:40:09,800 with me in saying these words that Kate and I said together 548 00:40:09,800 --> 00:40:12,310 on that day? 549 00:40:12,310 --> 00:40:17,230 "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are 550 00:40:17,230 --> 00:40:21,780 created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with 551 00:40:21,780 --> 00:40:27,720 certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, 552 00:40:27,720 --> 00:40:34,070 liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." If you believe 553 00:40:34,070 --> 00:40:39,870 those words, then you're an American, she told me, as my 554 00:40:39,870 --> 00:40:42,910 eyes filled with tears. 555 00:40:42,910 --> 00:40:46,190 Today I know I'm an American not because of my passport, 556 00:40:46,190 --> 00:40:49,420 not because of my Social Security card, and not because 557 00:40:49,420 --> 00:40:51,290 I was born in Boston. 558 00:40:51,290 --> 00:40:54,360 I know I'm an American because of what I believe and because 559 00:40:54,360 --> 00:40:57,000 of what I give back. 560 00:40:57,000 --> 00:41:01,480 What you believe about immigration matters. 561 00:41:01,480 --> 00:41:03,440 That's why you're here. 562 00:41:03,440 --> 00:41:05,560 That's why you'll vote in November. 563 00:41:05,560 --> 00:41:08,360 That's why you'll register other people to vote. 564 00:41:08,360 --> 00:41:10,740 That's why bringing back what you learn here will make a 565 00:41:10,740 --> 00:41:14,410 difference in your church, in your community, in your state, 566 00:41:14,410 --> 00:41:17,050 and in our country. 567 00:41:17,050 --> 00:41:19,740 We have a moral obligation to act. 568 00:41:19,740 --> 00:41:24,790 We have a religious obligation to act. 569 00:41:24,790 --> 00:41:28,190 What will you do when a church choir member can't go on the 570 00:41:28,190 --> 00:41:33,290 choir trip because he doesn't have a passport? 571 00:41:33,290 --> 00:41:35,680 What will you do when a graduating senior in your 572 00:41:35,680 --> 00:41:39,940 youth group doesn't qualify for in-state tuition because 573 00:41:39,940 --> 00:41:43,620 she isn't a citizen? 574 00:41:43,620 --> 00:41:46,050 As we think about our undocumented neighbors, 575 00:41:46,050 --> 00:41:50,290 colleagues, lovers, spouses, employees, activists, and 576 00:41:50,290 --> 00:41:54,480 friends, may we remember where we came from and what great 577 00:41:54,480 --> 00:41:58,180 sacrifices were made on our behalf. 578 00:41:58,180 --> 00:42:01,510 As we remember where we came from, may we be bold enough to 579 00:42:01,510 --> 00:42:05,840 welcome those who are still on their way, opening our doors 580 00:42:05,840 --> 00:42:10,480 to the stranger in our midst, extending a hand to those who 581 00:42:10,480 --> 00:42:15,170 have been marginalized. 582 00:42:15,170 --> 00:42:17,970 As we open our doors and our hearts to those of us who 583 00:42:17,970 --> 00:42:21,970 still need to hide some part, any part of our identity in 584 00:42:21,970 --> 00:42:26,600 order to survive, may we remember that each time one of 585 00:42:26,600 --> 00:42:30,480 us dares to tell the truth about who we are, it makes it 586 00:42:30,480 --> 00:42:34,010 possible for another person to step out of the shadows and 587 00:42:34,010 --> 00:42:36,170 into the light. 588 00:42:36,170 --> 00:42:39,560 As Americans, it's our responsibility to recognize, 589 00:42:39,560 --> 00:42:42,230 honor, and celebrate the complex nature of what it 590 00:42:42,230 --> 00:42:45,280 means to be an American, and to make sure that no one who 591 00:42:45,280 --> 00:42:47,980 believes in freedom and is willing to work hard for 592 00:42:47,980 --> 00:42:52,906 justice is denied their full civil and human rights. 593 00:42:52,906 --> 00:43:01,480 [APPLAUSE] 594 00:43:01,480 --> 00:43:04,740 Ours is a faith founded upon the principles of courage, 595 00:43:04,740 --> 00:43:07,820 connection, and compassion for all. 596 00:43:07,820 --> 00:43:11,260 We the people must create more just societies which are 597 00:43:11,260 --> 00:43:14,910 sustained and motivated by the principles of liberty and 598 00:43:14,910 --> 00:43:17,080 justice for all. 599 00:43:17,080 --> 00:43:19,280 We the people decide together what it 600 00:43:19,280 --> 00:43:21,330 means to be an American. 601 00:43:21,330 --> 00:43:24,860 We the people decide together how to take 602 00:43:24,860 --> 00:43:27,890 the I out of illegal. 603 00:43:27,890 --> 00:43:31,890 We the people decide together now is the time to treat all 604 00:43:31,890 --> 00:43:36,500 members of the human race with dignity and respect. 605 00:43:36,500 --> 00:43:38,180 May it be so. 606 00:43:38,180 --> 00:43:38,530 Amen. 607 00:43:38,530 --> 00:44:04,330 [APPLAUSE] 608 00:44:04,330 --> 00:44:07,970 DAVID GLASGOW: Katherine Lee Bates wrote the words to 609 00:44:07,970 --> 00:44:13,850 "America the Beautiful" in 1893, after being inspired by 610 00:44:13,850 --> 00:44:18,060 the natural beauty of the land she saw on a train trip to 611 00:44:18,060 --> 00:44:21,020 Colorado Springs. 612 00:44:21,020 --> 00:44:26,230 May this song today remind us of the vision that this land 613 00:44:26,230 --> 00:44:31,080 must belong to all who live here. 614 00:44:31,080 --> 00:44:33,420 I invite you to join me, rise in body and 615 00:44:33,420 --> 00:44:35,110 spirit, as we sing together. 616 00:44:35,110 --> 00:47:53,730 [MUSIC - "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"] 617 00:47:53,730 --> 00:47:56,840 BARBARA PROSE: Meet the day with courage. 618 00:47:56,840 --> 00:47:59,560 You can stay standing. 619 00:47:59,560 --> 00:48:02,150 Find the strength you need. 620 00:48:02,150 --> 00:48:08,370 Know that all are worthy, love exists, and truth is real. 621 00:48:08,370 --> 00:48:12,790 Show your love for America by loving Americans. 622 00:48:12,790 --> 00:48:14,500 Do justice. 623 00:48:14,500 --> 00:48:16,230 Walk humbly. 624 00:48:16,230 --> 00:48:18,440 Love mercy. 625 00:48:18,440 --> 00:48:23,150 Salute the soul and the body of who we spectacularly and 626 00:48:23,150 --> 00:48:26,160 sometimes pitifully are. 627 00:48:26,160 --> 00:48:28,410 Love each other. 628 00:48:28,410 --> 00:48:32,180 We are the flag. 629 00:48:32,180 --> 00:48:35,380 Go and be blessed and be a blessing. 630 00:48:35,380 --> 00:48:35,680 Amen. 631 00:48:35,680 --> 00:48:35,980 AUDIENCE: Amen. 632 00:48:35,980 --> 00:48:51,580 [MUSIC PLAYING] 633 00:48:51,580 --> 00:49:22,987