4th of July and Weekend Resources

In honor of the 4th of July, I’ve included miss Lady Liberty above. Officially titled “Liberty Enlightening the World,” she is based on the Roman goddess Libertas. And like classical renderings of the goddess, her feet trample broken chains.

Inside the exhibit on the second floor, you can find the beautiful sonnet “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus:

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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This weekend, thousands of men and women will become US citizens, while many more still search for home. May we be “mothers of exiles” for them in times of need.

Further resources:

This weekend, check out Time Magazine’s feature article on migration, called Living in Limbo: the Asylum Problem.

Also, if you are a person of faith, take a look at Not for Sale’s Abolitionist Faith Community on Facebook. It’s an easy way to stay up-to-date with some of the abolitionist work being done by churches, synagogues, etc.

And lastly, have a wonderful 4th of July!

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