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A Declaration from Generation 9/11

"This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century – solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others."

– Elie Wiesel

We, America's young people, will soon inherit the planet's sole superpower – and with it, enormous responsibility. We are faced with the question of how, in the post-September 11 era, we will use American might and influence in our relationship with the wider world. Three simple principles guide our response.

  1. We give thanks for the many opportunities that we enjoy as Americans, and want to extend those opportunities to others.
  2. We celebrate a strong America while celebrating also a global community of diverse societies. Our common humanity is the best defense against the dangers the world faces.
  3. We pledge to confront the challenges of a globalizing world – including poverty, ideological extremism, political and spiritual repression, disease, ethnic and religious conflict, and environmental neglect – with reason, hope, compassion, and humility.

In attaching our names to this declaration, we begin a lifelong effort to put American power in service to our own country and in service to the world.

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