How you can make the song your own
From Peter Gould: “I wrote the song, but, you could say it was already written. The words were mostly there, and the tune came through me, as if the Statue herself were singing, to remind us all why she stands there.”
Now you’ve heard our version. We hope you’ll keep the song going. Sing it at a rally; teach it at your school. Make a video and send it to us. Invite us to come and perform with you. The lyrics and chords are easy; here they are:
Here’s a handy document you can download to learn more about IRAP.
“I heard about the volunteers racing to airports to try to save people from being sent back to the war zones. The goodness of these volunteers overwhelmed me! I felt I just had to do something. That’s when I wrote this song.”
We’re doing a fundraising campaign for the International Refugee Assistance Project. They are a non-profit who send attorneys and advocates to airports — when exhausted new arrivals to the U.S. are stranded or arrested or threatened with deportation to homes they no longer have, IRAP’s workers are there to defend them. Please join us in helping these passionate people with their work. Join us in keeping Ms. Liberty’s message alive.
Click here to donate. (When you donate, mention “Mother of Exiles.”)
Who We Are As A People
In 2017 in the United States, a battle for the human rights and dignity of refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, undocumented workers, students, guests and visitors is going on.
We’ve started a campaign. This new song is the anthem of our campaign. You can sing the song at rallies large and small. And we ask you to donate to the dedicated people among us — lawyers, advocates, doctors, nurses, shelter hosts — who are hard at work in every part of the country, helping the “tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
These are the words that the poet Emma Lazarus gave to the Statue of Liberty in 1883. Sing them out, and think about the welcome she has extended for 134 years.
Please join hundreds of others in donating funds for refugee and immigrant assistance. With your generosity, you join us in saying clearly, “THIS IS WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.”