This week I had the honor and privilege of attending the “We have a Dream” Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution as a guest of Access NY, the new generation program of the American Jewish Committee.
From the opening session, which included heart-wrenching testimonials from dissidents from Iran, Syria, China, Sudan and Libya it was clear, that resistance to oppression in its many forms rest squarely on the backs of brave individuals who dare to speak truth to power.
Testimony from those who have endured torture, rape, imprisonment, discrimination and other violent acts is the most profound and impactful way to remind us all of our humanity.
I salute these individuals who refuse to be silent in the face of great peril. These noble souls will find their ultimate solace in the knowledge that they were somehow chosen to be voices for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ultimately, they have become a voice for us all. Their legacy is the consistent truth that never has their been a form of oppression that has eradicated dissent.