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Robert Kennedy’s Ripple of Hope Speech Still Resonates 52 Years Later

As the outcry over the Trump Administration’s practice of detaining immigrant children separated from their families grows, RFK’s powerful words become even more relevant and necessary.



MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke into tears during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the popular evening cable news program, The Rachel Maddow Show.  The emotional moment, unusual for the

A Ripple of Hope

MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow breaks down on-air while attempting to read the lede on a breaking news story from the Associated Press about the Department of Homeland Security’s practice of using “Tender Age” detention centers, a policy created and implemented by President Donald J. Trump.

usually-gregarious Maddow, came during the final moments of the broadcast when she


attempted to read the lede of this breaking AP story report (entitled, “At least 3 ‘tender age’ shelters set up for migrant children”).  And for good reason. The sentiments were echoed by equally frustrated and disturbed media personalities across the country, including the panelists of the Bros4America podcast.  The June 19th episode  focused exclusively on the Department of Homeland Security and it’s participation in abusive and inhuman civil rights abuses against children at the U.S. border.


This is where we’re at.

Fitting then that June marks the 52nd anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s stirring ‘Ripple of Hope’ speech, in which he spoke of the ills of futility and challenged an entire generation to affect change in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

“Now, more than ever, what we need is that ripple of hope and belief in the promise of this great country that the late Bobby Kennedy spoke of 52-years-ago.

“Resistance fatigue,” as with any movement, is inevitable.  In an exclusive interview with Bros4America earlier this month, Rep. Maxine Waters warned of this, urging young activists to surround themselves with highly motivated and energetic people. As the hot summer days begin in earnest and the 2018 mid-term elections loom as one of the most important elections of our lifetime,  the

Women carrying children in their arms stand out to protest Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, during Nielsen’s opening remarks before Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The group of women where protesting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) practice of separating families seeking protection at U.S. borders, including those who are fleeing persecution in their home countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump Administration’s insidious agenda has reached a level of cruelty and inhumanity that come as a shock to even his sharpest critics.

The final five minutes of this week’s Bros4America podcast are dedicated to Thomas McAbee, who has sacrificed more for this country than most people know, and to anyone feeling frustrated and hopeless by this nightmare. You are the heart and soul of this fight.

A Tiny Ripple of Hope

First official photo from a detention center in McAllen, Texas, where children being separated from their families are being detained.

Reports out of McAllen, Texas have begun to reveal the  United States is participating in human rights abuses against children immigrating from foreign countries by separating them from their parents and detaining them in what can only be described as mini-internment camps. The photos are enough to make any activist feel burned out and hopeless.

Especially troubling is the apologist and complacent behavior of the conservative news media, which has been continuously taking ordinarily non-partisan issue like the humane treatment of children, and making it a partisan one. Not to mention the constant repetition of propaganda and lies. For instance, FOX News personality Laura Ingraham took to her soap box on Monday night to seriously opine with no irony that the detainment camps for these young children, look like a boarding school.

Contrast that with the following audio from one of the detention centers.

The news media gives so much coverage to Trump and his gaffes and upsetting policies here at home, that I fear that human rights abuses globally go unchecked and unnoticed, like in the case of  25-year-old Ramin Hossein Panahi,

In dark times like this, it’s important to remember the great words of Bobby Kennedy.  This speech, one of the most famous speeches in history, was given approximately 52 years ago this month at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. We hope that they will provide you with some solace, some comfort, and some inspiration.

Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant Reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. “Give me a place to stand,” said Archimedes, “and I will move the world.” These men moved the world, and so can we all.

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice. He sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance.

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The Bros4America Podcast is executive produced by Alex Mohajer and features hosts Thomas McAbee, Rance Collins, Alex Mohajer, and Daniel Fusselman. It is produced using Audacity and hosted by Bluberry/Powerpress. Professional statistics services also by Blubrry. Theme music is Chris Zabriskie, “It’s Always Too Late To Start.” Special thanks to Matt Garrett and Nelson Melegrito, and to Hillary Clinton, to which this podcast is dedicated. 

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Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial up-and-coming political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in America to openly impugn the presidency of Donald Trump in a major publication. Mohajer is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and more. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: