July 9, 2014

This poem, written by Emma Lazarus and engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty, represents the United States as the land of the immigrant; the land of the free. Today, some people have lost sight of the fact that this great nation was built upon the foundation of freedom and acceptance; on the principle that we are strongest when we work together. Instead, they spout hatred. From the core of their being flow the prejudice and discrimination that generations have fought so hard to escape. They have even gone so far as condemning the children, toddlers even, that have come to our border. Children fleeing certain death and destruction in their home countries, to find freedom and a better life.

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In this episode of Coco Soodek Live, Coco tells the story of her great—great—great—grandfather, Jacob Seasongood, and his journey from oppression in 19th century Germany to freedom in America.

Also, listen in as Coco offers advice to several callers seeking help in their entrepreneurial endeavors, from handling different working styles to selling a profitable business and business marriage counseling.

And, don’t forget to check out the playlist here:

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