Sr. Simone Speaks at the Women’s March
January 21, 2017
I am Sr. Simone Campbell. I am one of the Nuns on the Bus and honored to be here today.
We have traveled this nation, met many of you, but I must say I have never seen a sight like this— all of us together in one place.
That is very scriptural, if you will remember, those who know the Christian Scriptures. They say that we were gathered in one place: frightened, afraid to go out, and then a mighty wind came, a mighty wind that stirred the hearts and lifted the courage and let people know we are not alone, we are together.
We are together regardless of our faiths, regardless of the color of our skin, regardless of who we define as neighbor.
We are all neighbors to each other, and that is the deep truth that our nation was founded upon. We are our sisters’ keepers; we are our brothers’ keepers. It is that truth that will help us to mend the gaps in our society. It is that truth that will get us to heal the economic divide where those at the top keep taking more than those who are working hard to generate their wealth.
We the people can bridge this gap. We can bridge the gap of race and division. Where African-Americans and whites and Hispanics and Sikhs and Muslims and Arabs and all of us share the one story that underneath whatever skin we have, it’s all red sinew and blood and passion and engagement and bridging the divide that is sucking the life out of us.
So my friends, can we commit in this moment to exercise joy, to claim our passion, to have curiosity about our neighbors, and then share it around. Because if we each do our part, we the people — we the people — will triumph. We the people are what our nation needs. And we the people will make the difference. Let’s do it together. We the people!