- "Stand up together. Because that's when we're strongest—as one."
- ―Ezra Bridger
Ezra's broadcast was a message of rebellion delivered shortly after the raid on the communications tower in the year 4 BBY. Inspired by his parents, Mira and Ephraim, Ezra Bridger's broadcast encouraged bravery against the Galactic Empire, calling for the galaxy to resist its oppressive rule. Bridger's message of rebellion was transmitted from the hacked Imperial Communications Center on the planet Lothal, and it was sent across the galaxy until the Communications Center was destroyed by the order of Imperial Governor Wilhuff Tarkin.
The broadcast[edit | edit source]
|Source: "Call to Action"||Attribution: Ezra Bridger|
We have been called criminals, but we are not. We are rebels, fighting for the people, fighting for you. I'm not that old, but I remember a time when things were better on Lothal. Maybe not great, but never like this. See what the Empire has done to your lives, your families, and your freedom? It's only gonna get worse…unless we stand up and fight back. It won't be easy. There will be loss and sacrifice. But we can't back down just because we're afraid. That's when we need to stand the tallest. That's what my parents taught me. That's what my new family helped me remember. Stand up together. Because that's when we're strongest—as one.
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Legacy[edit | edit source]
Despite the attempts of the Empire to quash the message, it was heard by thousands on Lothal and in the surrounding star systems before spreading across the galaxy, reaching every corner and giving thousands of people hope in their darkest moments. As a result of this message,[source?] resistance against the Empire grew from a collection of cells to a full-blown rebellion, the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Bridger's message also managed to reach the very people who had inspired him to make it, his parents Mira and Ephraim Bridger, who had been arrested and imprisoned for treason. Hearing their son's message, and recognizing his voice, the Bridgers were inspired to break themselves and dozens of other prisoners out. Whilst they managed to help everyone else escape, the Bridgers themselves perished.
In 4 ABY, shortly before the Battle of Endor, C-3PO told the Ewoks on Endor about the broadcast Ezra send to the galaxy, telling them how a boy was able to spark the rebellion with a message broadcast across the worlds.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
- Star Wars Rebels – "Call to Action" (First appearance)
- Battle to the End (First identified as Ezra's broadcast)
- Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide
- "Rebel Bluff"—Star Wars Insider 158 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal" (Mentioned only)
- Guardians of the Whills (Indirect mention only)
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (Indirect mention only)