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In 1988, as Founding Chairman of People For the American Way, Norman Lear was among the cosigners of the Williamsburg Charter, “written and published expressly to address the dilemmas, challenges, and opportunities posed by religious liberty in American public life.”
Lear and others, including Presidents Carter and Ford and Chief Justices Rehnquist and Burger, agreed that “a right for one is a right for another and a responsibility for all.”
That is the spirit in which faith leaders and religious liberty advocates, including PFAW Foundation and the African American Ministers Leadership Council, led by the First Amendment Center and Interfaith Alliance, have come together in 2012 to answer the question, “What is the truth about American Muslims?”
YP4 founder and director Iara Peng spoke movingly Wednesday morning at the Take Back America conference about her personal connection to social justice work and how Norman Lear roots his work in a genuine love for people.
"At a time in his life when most people would be content resting on their laurels, Norman isn't. He is here with us at Take Back America to remind us that we have the responsibility to build an America that lives up to our promise. That we need to do what we can to make sure that our children and our grandchildren grow and live in a society shaped by the American promise. That we hold steadfast to the values of justice, of fairness, of equality and opportunity."
The 2007 Summit is off to an amazing start. I have enjoyed meeting with future leaders who are busting with powerful ideas and energy. The 2007 YP4 Fellows have impressed me with their optimism for a better world, their appreciation and respect for our planet, and their understanding of the crucial need for a broad, inclusive social justice movement.