Mike Ghouse, speaking at Immigration rally in Dallas on May 1, 2010. "If you cannot stand up for the rights of others, why should any one stand up for you?"
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Good Afternoon, I am standing here today because a lady by the name Rosa Parks stood up for her rights and her right to be treated with dignity.
I am standing here today as an immigrant because some one gave up his life to bring civil rights to America and it was this singular act that caused all of us immigrants to be here in America to enrich our nation.
If you cannot stand up for the rights of others, why should any one stand up for you? It was an honor to be among 10 civil rights leaders of Dallas to lead the March.
We need – comprehensive Immigration Reforms
We need – strong border controls.
We have a moral responsibility to stand up for Justice and civil rights of others.
We are a nation of justice,
We are born to be just,
We are conditioned to be just,
We have to guard ourselves to be just, and
We cannot not stray away from justice.
We have to bring a balance in our own life by giving our time to defend the rights of others, who need to be defended, and who cannot speak for themselves.
Dr. King lifted us from the burden of guilt that would have eaten and rotted the psyche of our nation. And as Americans, we need to protect future generation from such guilt complexes.
As Americans we have taken bold steps to protect the human rights of people around the world and have sacrificed millions of our men and women, and poured billions of dollars to protect the rights of othersIt is time we do protect the rights of our own fellow residents.
Make no mistake about it, we must have strong border control and border enforcement, but must act and work on the Comprehensive Immigration reform.
- Dear God, we are gathered here to seek your guidance; help us do the right thing. Say AMEN
- Help us open our hearts and minds to fellow beings; Say AMEN
- Give us the humility to respect your creation Say AMEN,
- Help us embrace each one of the 7 billion of us without any distinction; Say AMEN
- We need stand up for the rights of others, to build an America, to build one nation with liberty and justice for all. Say AMEN
Mike Ghouse is a frequent guest at the media offering pluralistic solutions to issues of the day. He is a thinker, writer, speaker, optimist and an activist of Pluralism, Interfaith, Co-existence, Peace, Islam, India and Civil Societies. His work is reflected at 3 websites & 22 Blogs listed at http://www.mikeghouse.net/
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