Equality For All

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”
―     Joss Whedon

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
―     Abraham Lincoln

“When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
―    Leonard P. Matlovich

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”
―     Harvey Milk

“Yeah, I love being famous.  It’s almost like being white, y’know?”
―     Chris Rock

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
―     Leonardo da Vinci

“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.”
―     Mahatma Gandhi

This past November was the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. My daughters and I are embarking on an adventure to videotape ourselves reciting the address from memory in honor of President Lincoln’s passion for equality. PBS and Ken Burns are challenging all people to videotape their recitation of the Gettysburg Address, upload it to YouTube and link it to the PBS website. Follow this link to learn the address with us: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-address/home/. Please send me a link to your YouTube video so I can share it with my daughters. We are giving ourselves the deadline of January 31st, 2014.

Let’s all stand together and decide that equality is a necessity, not a concept. Let’s speak those words with President Lincoln and each other, and picture what equality for all will look like.

Please forward this entry to anyone you think might join us on our mission for equality.

Peace to all of you.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.”

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 come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow, this ground – The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, 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.

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2 Comments on “Equality For All

  1. I Remember Having To Memorize This. I Have To Admit, That At That Time In My Life….I Gave The Words Little Thought. I Am Ashamed Of Myself For Being So Shallow.

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