Today, I join you in solidarity in this, the 40th anniversary of the founding of the NCRI. Let’s give a solid round of applause for 40 years of survival, thriving, and for the leadership of President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.
I am here not just in gratitude for sharing this occasion. I am here in humility.
• The humility that comes from observing your remarkable courage and leadership.
• Humility in watching you stand up to religious tyranny.
• Humility for your firm resoluteness in seeking a secular state.
• Humility for your advancement of human rights.
• Humility in measuring your passion for freedom
• Humility for your forthright defense of the rights of women and girls.
• Humility for your persistence in seeking a nuclear-free Iran and a nuclear-free world.
Indeed, you are an example for the world including the United States to emulate.
I want to quote to you from an address John Lewis made at the U.S. Capitol Building to Iranian activists in 2010:”I come here to say to you, never-ever to give up, never-ever to give in, and never-ever to lose faith.
“As long as the people of Iran are denied their basic rights as human beings people all over the world are denied their rights.”
Let me also share the sentiments of the late Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Senator McCain addressed the NCRI in Albania. He said, in part,
“You have stood up and fought and sacrificed for freedom, for the right to live free, for the right to determine your own future.
“I thank you for being an example, an example to the whole world, that those people who are willing to fight and sacrifice for freedom will achieve it, and you are an example to everyone in the world that is struggling for freedom.”
You should never forget that when you are on the side of universal equality, that you are on the side of truth. As Dr. Martin Luther King taught us — the arc of the moral universe maybe long but it bends toward justice.
I am with you that millions of my fellow Americans are with you that we will draw inspiration from your courage and your persistence and will stand with you and we will be with you that day we can gather in that square.”