This Pride Month, 2018, let us speak of liberation
I am a proud warrior for social justice.
I’ve been at it for most of my life.
I am not nostalgic for the gay and feminist movements
of the late 20th Century.
I see these movements as unfinished business.
The Civil Rights Movement is not over.
To paraphrase Hillary Clinton:
The civil rights of people of color are Human Rights
The civil rights of women are Human Rights
The civil rights of LGBTQ people are Human Rights.
The Civil Rights of Immigrants are Human Rights.
The right of equal access to schools, housing and medical care
are Human Rights.
We seek the liberation of all human beings from all forms
This Pride Month, 2018, let us speak of liberation.
Let us unite with people of good will regardless of race, creed, gender,
gender identity, sexuality, religion, and political affiliation; let us unite to
liberate ourselves from the stifling oppression of a corrupt and toxic patriarchy.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2018
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
American Democracy is a living political system, it evolves.
In 1776 ‘all men are created equal’ meant all wealthy white men who
owned land; by 1863, it included most white men regardless of class and
the debate over the ‘humanity’ of slaves from Africa resulted in a war with
the South to abolish slavery.
American Democracy continues to struggle and evolve.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”
Below is a slideshow made of photos taken at four of the major national and international marches against fascism in the past six months.
I included San Francisco’s Pride Day because it was really a huge anti-
I’ve set the photos to a reading of Lincoln’s Address at Gettysburg, found at the Internet Archives.
The reading is by Britton Rea.
We are the future those honored dead fought to preserve.
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
All other images (c) Rob Goldstein 2017