The work of our lives

So I spoke at a rally at OU yesterday, supporting diversity in the face of Trump’s nonsensical and terribly executed immigration ban. This ban is not about stopping undocumented immigration (this is a ban on documented foreign nationals and refugees). This ban is not about stopping unvetted immigrants or refugees (everyone stopped had been through appropriate vetting). While the official order does not mention Islam, representatives of the administration have made it clear in interviews that it was focused on Muslims.

It was implemented in a chaotic fashion that hurts real people, undermines our reputation and institutions, and endangers our diplomatic standing worldwide.

These were not the points I made yesterday, however.

In order to change anything, we must connect with one another in order to better prepare ourselves to connect with whom we disagree.

In order to change anything, we need to see what our own talents bring instead of getting discouraged because our contributions don’t look like someone else’s.

In order to change anything, we need to accept that this is going to be our lives’ work, because making the world we live in *is* always the work of our lives.

Let’s do it with intention and heart.

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