|We come here today to chart a new course for our communities and for America.
To fight against bigotry, we stand together as one and we must.
To fight against injustice, we stand together as one and we must.
To fight against poverty, we stand together as one and we must.
To fight against the destruction of our environment, we stand together as one and we must.
To wage peace instead of war, we stand together as one and we must.
Because, through our efforts, I believe we can once again, make America a force for good in the world.
We, as the world's most powerful nation have a responsibility to act in defense of the weak and to protect them from harm.
We failed in Rwanda.
We failed in Srebrenica.
We failed in East Timor.
And now, as we speak, we fail in Jenin.
Let us dedicate ourselves here today, to join together as one.
When one person stands up and speaks out for the suffering of the weak, a tiny ripple of hope is created.
When numerous people stand and demand justice for the multitude who have been forgotten, a strong current of possibilities is created.
When an entire community stands up and demands change a mighty wave of freedom and justice is created.
We gather here today and we speak with one voice . . .
And let us remember, that one person can make a ripple.
One ripple can make a movement.
One movement can make a voice.
And one voice can make mighty change.
Cynthia McKinney represents Georgia's Fourth Congressional District. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We Come For Peace
By Rep. Cynthia McKinney
Remarks to April 20, Peace Rally in Washington, DC
Posted on the Independent Newswire on 27 April 2002
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