Campaign for Lady Liberty


To promote the America celebrated by The New Colossus–a land where the beacon of kindness shines to all who wish to seek refuge. A land where we, its inhabitants, actively seek to welcome, nurture, understand and find common ground with neighbors, friends, family, strangers and even past enemies.

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

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

We are All Immigrants

Connecting as We Lift our Lamp

Connecting as We Lift our Lamp

Last week my neighbor’s daughter sent out a thoughtful email. It was to all of the households on our street and detailed how she was helping with an organization collecting monetary donations to help provide healthy food to those in need. The plan was very hands on, which I liked. The teens would collect the monetary donations and then go shopping to buy ingredients for […]

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Immigrating one by one

Immigrating one by one

Sarah Choules Gilbert is my great great great grandmother. The story of her family’s immigration to America is similar to many other immigration stories. Sarah and her family came to the United States one by one, bit by bit. Sarah’s desire to come to America began one day on a walk home from working as a laundress in Wiltshire, England. She convinced her friend to […]

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Comfort in Trying Times

Comfort in Trying Times

As the USS Comfort pulled into New York Harbor a few weeks ago, this photograph reminded me that Lady Liberty and her beacon of hope can symbolize so much more about America. It can symbolize Americans pulling together to look out for one another. It can symbolize mobilization in turbulent times to take care of one another–to save one another no matter the cost. As […]

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