On Liberty

My  25th great-grandfather, Baron Saire de Quincy, stood on the field at Runnymede in 1215, with 24 other barons, to demand of King John the rights spelled out in the Magna Carta.

My ninth great-grandfather, Joseph Peaslee, immigrated to this New World in 1635, just like millions of immigrants from all over the world who came after him, seeking a better life for himself and his family.

My tenth great-grandmother, Mary Dyer, fought and died for our religious freedom.

And my sixth great-grandfather, Lt. Col. William Edward Stacy, fought heroically in the Revolutionary War so we could be free from tyranny.

It’s part of my DNA, and my sacred obligation to my ancestors, to speak out on liberty and justice for all.