At Philadelphia International Airport, they sang “This Land is Your Land.”
At Minneapolis-St. Paul, “America the Beautiful”
In Portland, it was “Imagine” — itself written by an immigrant (but one of the “good ones” in the eyes of this new law).
Song has always been central to protest — and we have never needed both so much.
The President’s Executive Order barring Muslims from certain countries flies in the face of what it means to be American.
It is a moral and humanitarian disaster — tearing apart families, breaching our most basic covenant as a beacon for the world’s huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.
It is a security catastrophe — undoing years spent earning the trust of allies in the fight against violent extremists, breaking faith with people who risked their lives to work with our military overseas.
And it’s an abuse of power and a rejection of that most cherished, American, aspiration — the idea that from the newest arrival to the most deeply rooted Native American family, we’re all brothers and sisters bound together in love and respect. A nation defined not by religion, race, geography, or tribe — but by values and ideas and the mutual commitments of citizenship. “Out of Many, One”
At c3 we honor the protestors who refuse to accept this attack on our nation’s fabric.
We cherish the journalists fighting to tell the stories of those under assault.
We stand with the artists and musicians speaking up.
We are proud and uplifted to see America finding its voice.