We Have A Dream
Thirty million years ago, the Almighty Force of the Universe, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, engineered the creation of "Life" as We know it. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Human and Non-Human creatures first emerging from the primordial "slime." It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of darkness in the Void. But, thirty million years later, we face the tragic fact that the first beings on earth, the Non-Human Animal Species, have been enslaved.
Thirty million years later, the life of the "Animal" is sadly crippled by the manacles of systematic daily torture and the chains of isolation and death like never before in the history of "Life" on this planet. Thirty million years later, the Non-Human Animal lives on a lonely island of destitute poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Thirty million years later, the "Animal" is languishing in the corners of Global Society Markets and finds himself a prisoner in his own land.
So, we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense, we have come to our fellow Human Beings to cash a check. When the Architect of our Universe wrote the magnificent words of the Bible and said "ye shall have dominion over all of the animals, it declared us as Stewards of all living things, "Guardians" to a promissory note to which every Human Being was to fall heir. This note was a promise that ALL BEINGS would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as decreed by their Maker who presented them upon this earth as Whole an self- sustaining.
It is obvious today that Human Beings have defaulted on this Covenant?s promissory note to be "Guardians" insofar as her "Animal" citizens are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, Human Beings have given "Animals" a bad check, which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we, the Animal Liberationists, refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of "Humanity" and the chance for survival on this Planet. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of Freedom and the security of Justice and peaceful coexistence.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind the Human Race of the fierce urgency of "NOW." This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. After 30 million years, NOW is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of speciesist oppression to the sunlit path of Equal Rights and Coexistence. NOW is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's Children, not just the Human ones. Now is the time to lift our consciousness from the quicksands of Speciesism to the solid rock of Trans-Species Brotherhood.
It would be fatal for the Human Race to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of both the ecosystem and the Animal Liberationists. This sweltering summer of the Animal Liberationists? legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of Freedom, Equality, and Good Will toward ALL of God?s Children. 2006 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Animal Liberationists? needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if this torturous, greedy Human Species returns to "business as usual." There will be neither rest nor tranquility on this Planet until "Animals" are granted their god-given citizenship rights ? and returned their birthright to a HOME on this planet.
The Whirlwinds of Revolt will continue to shake the foundations of every nation until the bright day of Ethics and Justice emerges. But there is something that we must clarify to our own Race who stand on the warm threshold that leads into the palace of Justice. In the process of gaining a rightful place for "Animals," we will not be guilty of "wrongful deeds." We will not seek to satisfy our thirst for "Animal" freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. With clarity of mind and love in our hearts, we will honor our fellow "Animal" brethren and fight to the death for their safety, for their well-being, for their place in the sun. And, because we are moral, civilized, responsible, ethically loving beings, honoring our ultimate Covenant with the Universe, we will suffer no guilt in the "War" to end Speciesism that was begun by our greedy, profiteering opponents. And, we will WIN? by any means necessary? with the Almighty Creator on our side. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline, unlike the murderers of the Innocents who sink to new depths of depravity daily in their quest for monetary gain. We will not allow our creative protest to degenerate to their levels of depravity? but we will use any and all "necessary force" to fight the evil of these speciesist oppressors and butchers, whether they be fur farmers, hunters, factory farmers, heinous researchers and experimenters wrapped in the Flag of"Science," or saddistic circus owners. Again and again, we will rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force and All Force necessary to overcome this Planet?s heinous and inhumane enemies.
The Marvelous New Militancy which has engulfed the Global Liberation Community will lead us to Victory, and the oppressors will come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom and the freedom we will secure for Non- Human Animals.
We cannot walk alone. And, as we walk, we do make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot, and will not, turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of Animal Rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as Black Bears and Wolves, fatigued from aerial gunning, cannot gain lodging in the forests of the mountains and the rivers of the valleys. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Primate?s basic mobility is from a lesser prison to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as the circus Elephant does tricks by chains and bullhooks and the research monkey is born behind bars only to suffer and die the loneliest of deaths. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until Justice rolls down like waters, and Righteousness like a mighty stream.
We are not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from witnessing narrow cells and torture chambers. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of judicial persecution and staggered by the winds of governmental brutality and imprisonment. You, who have risked your lives for a Higher Cause, have been the veterans of creative suffering. Your bodies may be imprisoned? but your Spirits are not forgotten. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Brittain to spy on HLS and its barbaric "research" atrocities; go back to destroy fur farms, where Animals are skinned alive, and "research" labs that gain billions on the suffering and brutal deaths of the innocents; go back to paint KFC and put them out of business by any means necessary; go back to Germany, to India, to Australia and to Canada? go back to the slums and ghettos of our circuses and zoos? go back to the "Auschwitzes" of university "scientific research" facilities? go back to fight the Baby Seal butchers in Canada, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. We will not wallow in the valley of despair. We say to you today, dearest friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, we still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream, in the Biblical dream, in the Universal Dream.
We have a dream that one day all nations will rise up and live out the true meaning of the Universe?s Creed as so aptly inscribed by the authors of the U.S. Constitution: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that ALL BEINGS are created equal."
We have a dream that, one day, on the bountiful hills of America the sons of former slaves will roam free, without the tethers that scar their legs and the bullhooks that gouge their flesh.
We have a dream that one day the rhesus monkey will not be viewed as a commodity on which to test scorching, bludgeoning, poisoning or sensory deprivation but on whom we can peacefully gaze as he swings in the freedom of his natural habitat.
We have a dream that one day even the Republic of China, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of brutality and oppression, will be transformed Into an oasis of Freedom and Justice for ALL Animals, both Human and Non-Human.
We have a dream that our animals will, one day, live in a nation where they will not be judged by the softness of their fur or the ease by which they can be skinned or annally electrocuted but by the worthiness of their innate character and inherent value. We have a dream today.
We have a dream that, one day, Senator Lewis? perspective, which is presently dripping with ignorance, interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where the idea of gross Speciesism will be recognized and "Animals" will be regarded as our rightful sisters and brothers. WE HAVE A DREAM TODAY.
We have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Universe shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together in harmony and brotherly love. This is our hope. This is the faith with which we return to our commitment and our Battle.
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 CREATE FREEDOM one day.
This will be the day when all of God's Children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let Freedom ring?"? for ALL Animals, both Human and Non-Human! And if America is to be a great nation, and the Human Species is to evolve to its full spiritual potential, THIS MUST BECOME TRUE.
So, LET FREEDOM RING from the prodigious universities of New Hampshire!
Let Freedom Ring from the mighty circuses of New York!
Let Freedom Ring from the factory farms of the Midwest!
Let Freedom Ring from the renowned hospitals of California!
Let Freedom Ring from the heightening plains of Kenya!
Let Freedom Ring from the "psychology" labs of Russia!
Let Freedom Ring from the "research" facilities of all coutries!
But not only that; let Freedom ring from HSL labs of Brittain!
Let Freedom ring from butchering fur farms of China!
Let Freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of this, our Mother Earth?
From Every Mountainside, LET FREEDOM RING.
When we Let Freedom Ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, from every nation great and small, we will be able to speed up that day when ALL OF GOD?S CHILDREN, Rhinos and Elephants, Gorillas and Chimps, Cougars, Jaguars, Rabbits, Rats and Minks, Chickens and Calves, Rabbits and Pigs? and every species on this beautiful planet, will be able to join hands with ALF and with all humane Beings and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, WE?RE ALL FREE AT LAST!