Throughout American history, decrees, clarifications and amendments have been made about one group or anothers’ rights and freedoms. But history has also repeatedly shown that the struggle for freedom never really stays won, despite laws that seemingly on the surface state otherwise.
The Emancipation Proclamation failed to make it so.
The 13th Amendment, passed in 1865, was not adopted by stated like Kentucky and Mississippi until 1976 and 1995!
The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, passed in 1919 but not adopted by states like Maryland until 1958 and North Carolina until 1971.
It’s not the laws that do it, it’s the PEOPLE who insist that it happen that makes it so!
It was never just the work of larger-than-life people, though they were important.
It was the work of ordinary individuals who saw injustices, called them out, and did their part to further the goal that freedoms had by some would be had by ALL.
A job still unfinished.
A job for YOU and for me.
I began by wondering ...
Is the iconic symbol of American “freedom” really free?
Apparently, visitors can’t see the left foot of the statue of Lady Liberty. Pictures reveal what appears to be a broken chain, which symbolizes freedom from oppression.
But real-talk and in all seriousness...is it possible that she’s re-chained somewhere up under that skirt?
A TASTEFUL REBOOT WAS NEEDED.
We’re reclaiming history, to make it right!
In the 1800s there..
were badges like these in the USA. The slave badge was used to regulate labor and movement while generating profit for government.
Whoa! Free badges existed? Not commonly known. You paid the fee one time, and it was good for life as a symbol that you were either born free or had earned it! The government enabled citizens to get the badge for only 6 years before revoking the law. (Doesn’t that figure?)
No list exists to reveal who actually DID get one.
So in 2017, I decided..
to resurrect the freedom tag, and reclaim it by giving it a new icon, and to use it to help connect movements and people dedicated to eradicating racial, economic and gender oppression in the USA. (Plus, the tv series Underground inspired me :) The end result is this antiqued copper pendant, individually hand-stamped like they used to be in the early 1800s.
There's room on the edge so that EVERY person who wants one can get one. Imagine if it had been done back then!
Those with power, always want you to think in terms of The Individual: individual people, and individual groups. The fight for freedom has ALWAYS been a shared one among various groups, though they’ve sometimes been forced to fight battles alone.
”Your army is our army.”
“Your fight is our fight.”
”We have your back.”
Yes, this is from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but it’s effective! But so is Divide and Conquer.
This is a call to disrupt divisiveness between groups, so that a shared goal may be reached by more of us who are fighting a common struggle! Black power, Brown power, Immigrant Power, Red power, Woman power, Yellow power, etc: old struggles with prejudice, racism, discrimination and oppression in which the only thing that is NEW are the faces of those experiencing it.
There is strength in numbers, which is why Divide and Conquer has always been one of THE most effective strategies. Don't allow cracks/division to keep us from being stronger TOGETHER.
The Liberty Bell: adopted as a symbol for the abolitionist and the women's right to vote movements. We attached it to a leafless tree for our logo because that bell is the only thing that should have ever been hung from a tree in America!!! Every mistreatment of humans grew from the tree of atrocities that is American history: slavery times and before. You don't ignore your unpleasant history; you embrace every aspect of it so you can let it guide you into being better in spite of it.
"Freedom", in their words
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”
Fannie Lou Hamer
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