Photo of the Week: In Krakow, Celebrating the Community of Democracies

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 8, 2010
Secretary Clinton and Participants of Community of Democracies Conference at Slowacki Theater

More photos:U.S. Department of State's Flickr photostream | State@Work

Today's "Photo of the Week" honors the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Community of Democracies, an organization initiated by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her Polish counterpart Bronislaw Geremek in 2000. The photo comes to us courtesy of the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, Poland, which was one of the stops on Secretary Clinton's July 1-5 trip to Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.

Speaking before the Communities of Democracy participants, Secretary Clinton said:

"[I]t was only through debate, discussion, and civic activism that the United States of America came into being. We were a people before we were a nation...Civil society has played an essential role in identifying and eradicating the injustices that have, throughout our history, separated our nation from the principles on which it was founded. It was civil society, after all, that gave us the abolitionists who fought the evils of slavery, the suffragettes who campaigned for women's rights, the freedom marchers who demanded racial equality, the unions that championed the rights of labor, the conservationists who worked to protect our planet and climate...Every Fourth of July Americans affirm their belief that all human beings are created equal, that we are endowed by our creator with unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, as a community of democracies, let us make it our mission to secure those rights. We owe it to our forebears, and we owe it to future generations to continue the fight for these ideals."

You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.

Previous coverage of the Secretary's trip:

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Holds Town Hall With Georgian Women LeadersTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Georgian President SaakashviliTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With President Sargsian of ArmeniaTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Azerbaijani Civil Society and Youth LeadersTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With President Aliyev of AzerbaijanTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Announces U.S. Contribution to Auschwitz-Birkenau FoundationTravel Diary: U.S., Poland Sign Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement AmendmentTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Honors Community of Democracies 10th AnniversaryTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at Kyiv Polytechnic InstituteTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Ukrainian Foreign Minister GryshchenkoTravel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Ukrainian President YanukovychA Preview of Secretary Clinton's Upcoming Travel to Central Europe and the Caucasus



Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
July 8, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Things are what we make of them. I like the unity that this shows. I know, we all have to work on our friendships, But it's time to kiss
some booty and make up hehe :).

Keep up the good work,and kiss..:)


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