The following are remarks from Council Member Brad Lander at the Brooklyn Vigil for Paris, November 15, 2015:
Article 1. Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.
Article 4. Liberty consists in the power to do anything that does not injure others.
Article 9. Every man being presumed innocent until he has been pronounced guilty.
Article 10. No one should be disturbed on account of his opinions, even religious, provided their manifestation does not upset the public order established by law.
Article 11. The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man.
Article 12. The guarantee of the rights of man and citizen requires a public force; this force then is instituted for the advantage of all and not for the personal benefit of those to whom it is entrusted.
We defeat terrorism by re-asserting our values. As we mourn the victims of Paris, Beirut, and Kenya, and remember those of Lower Manhattan, there’s no place better to start tonight than the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, written in Paris in 1789. Read more »