Emma Lazarus’ iconic poem, “The New Colossus,” is engraved on a plaque in the base of the Statue of Liberty. Her poem poignantly describes who we are as Americans and what this great nation is made of and stands for: We are a welcoming country  – a refuge, a sanctuary, a beacon of hope for those seeking solace, safety, and the American Dream. Now, more than ever, we need to RISE! and rebuke Trump & Co. for their shameful rhetoric and actions toward immigrants – especially toward refugees- those who are most vulnerable, most alone, most desperate.

We used to be that America.

We must be that America once more.

Be seen.

Be heard.

Be counted.

The New Colossus

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!”