MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano
Earlier this week, MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano shared a
discussion on My Bar Access with all sections called "Veterans Day
Post-Election Reflection." Below is the full text of that
Dear Fellow MBA Leaders:
Recently, I had the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance
in Veterans' Court in Boston. They do this before every session
with the veterans holding their hands over their hearts. I hadn't
done that in forever, maybe since I was a kid. Throughout this
presidential election, I have had the chance to really contemplate
these words more deeply:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
It is remarkable that every citizen of this country has taken and
memorized this Pledge. It is an elegantly simple statement of
principles to which we are all committed. We are pledging
allegiance to one indivisible Republic and all that it stands for.
A country born to protect the "unalienable rights" of liberty and
justice for everyone. A country that stands for racial and
religious tolerance and treating one another with respect. A
country that loudly invites the world to give us "your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," because we
will take care of them.
These are the fundamental principles that men and women soldiers
have fought and died to defend. I fully realized this a few years
ago when I cried at the American Cemetery in Normandy like so many
others before me.
So now I write this to myself as much as to anyone. The occasion
is upon each of us to rise up and reinvigorate these values. Not
through fighting with each other, but through listening to,
collaborating with, and inspiring others. Recommit to those
principles that truly make this a country worthy of looking up to.
A country that should not be admired for how strongly we protect
the powerful, but for how relentlessly we defend the disadvantaged.
We do not have the luxury of standing idly by and just assuming
that our country as a whole accepts that. The MBA understands that.
We are taking a lead in making a difference. We drafted civility
guidelines because it is never acceptable to treat each other with
disrespect. We created a powerful Civil Rights and Social Justice
Section Council made up of leaders from every aspect of the civil
rights arena because we need an impenetrable defense of our
freedoms. We have taken on the responsibility of creating future
leaders who will inspire others with compassion and integrity
through our new Leadership Academy.
So if you feel the need to take action, rise up and get others to
join all of us in leadership. We have a lot of work to do.
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