|From Gabby's Place|
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
--from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, August 28, 1963
STATEMENT FROM U.S. REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS’ CHIEF OF STAFF ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
TUCSON – Pia Carusone, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, released the following statement on the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:.
Today’s national holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is an appropriate time to focus once again on the need to work peaceably to improve this nation that we all share and love.
As Dr. King wrote nearly 48 years ago in his powerful “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
As Congresswoman Giffords continues to recover from her injuries and the other families affected by this attack begin to heal, it is important that all Americans honor the Rev. King’s memory by following his example of service to their fellow human beings.
This can be an essential part of the healing process that Tucson, Arizona, and our nation must undertake as we continue to struggle to recover from the tragedy of nine days ago.
We will recover and emerge a stronger community unified in its commitment to Dr. King’s message of nonviolent change.