Welcome! Thank you for coming here today to show your support for keeping Kosovo a part of Serbia. Since this is a peaceful rally, we’d like to have the Orthodox Church Fathers lead us in prayer, followed by a moment of silence at 12:44, in recognition of the breaking of UN resolution 1244.
[Fr. Bratso Krsic, Parish Priest at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, leads in prayer, followed by one minute of silence.]
Thank you for observing this moment of silence and thank you church Father(s) for your prayer.
My name is Jennifer Milanovich, and I’m an American citizen who is concerned about the recent illegal declaration of Independence by Kosovo Albanian Separatists.
Most American’s reading the paper or watching the news see happy smiling faces of people waving flags and think, “What’s wrong with happy people? What’s wrong with declaring Independence?”
As American’s, independence is synonymous with our national identity. It stands for goodness, freedom, everything that American’s believe in. Well, we’re here today to tell you the other side of the picture, behind those happy smiling faces, behind the waving Albanian flags. In order to understand this ‘other side’ of the picture, which the US media largely ignores, I would like to pose a question to you:
- Would YOU as an AMERICAN Citizen Stand for: Breaking International LAW?
- Would YOU as an AMERICAN Citizen Stand for: Terrorism?
- Would YOU as an AMERICAN Citizen Stand for: Intolerance of Minorities & Ethnic cleansing?
- Would YOU as an AMERICAN Citizen Stand for: Religious Intolerance?
I’m here today to tell you, as American citizens, we CANNOT STAND for these IMMORAL ACTS!! So THAT is why, we--as American citizen’s--CANNOT STAND for Kosovo’s INDEPENDENCE!!
And that is why we are gathered here today to tell you the truth about what is going on in Kosovo and allow you as informed citizens to take a stand. Move this country back on the right path of truth, justice, and freedom by FREEING KOSOVO from the hands of Terrorists and Bush’s foreign policy.
This is an election year where everyone is talking about CHANGE! People are waiting for change to happen in Washington, D.C., or at a prescribed date and time in November. But this CHANGE doesn’t happen outside of you. This CHANGE that everyone is waiting for begins within YOU, when we--as INDIVIDUALS--no longer ACCEPT the UNACCEPTABLE.
This entire rally was organized in five days with a core group of 13 people who have never organized a rally or worked together as a team previously; but we decided to change things NOW! We don’t have to be ELECTED to be EFFECTIVE!
So please as proud American citizens, STAND up and Do the RIGHT THING by NOT ACCEPTING the illegal and immoral happenings in KOSOVO! Thank you!
Assembled here is a distinguished panel of speakers who are going to give you the hard facts about the current plight of Kosovo. Please listen and give them your support.