SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2012: LET FREEDOM REIGN
150 years after Lincoln “freed the slaves”, we are issuing a new Emancipation Proclamation. This is a working document which will be updated over time. We welcome your contributions.
Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of two thousand and twelve, a proclamation was issued by a nation of united people for the end of modern day slavery, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
That on this day, in honor of the proclamation that came one hundred and fifty years before, all persons being forced and held today in modern day slavery, thenceforward be FOREVER FREE. We offer the following reflections regarding freedom.
My movements, destination, thoughts and choices are all my own. I am not caged or left voiceless… that is my freedom. –Jessica Kristie
Freedom to listen, speak, observe, and participate in any function of life without restraints that hinder the ability to do any of the before mentioned.
-Twilla Robison Booker
Freedom is to have the possibility for my words and actions to reflect my inner-self, to be the master of my choices, and to be who I am, unconditionally. - Jeap Yang
The choice of Freedom of expression for all parties, to voice and have their own opinions, make their own choices in life, to not be chained down by other’s.
- Lenny Conner
Having the capability to create and define your own future, a reality that’s simply a dream for many. - Jessica Henry
Freedom is not an easy concept. Most of us truly aren’t free so it’s hard to express and define. To me, freedom is, quite simply, having ubiquitous choice. Choose a career. Choose a lifestyle. Choose a government. Choose a way of thinking. Choice. Protecting the power of choice is paramount to protecting freedom.
- Chantal Sheehan
Freedom is a goal, maybe THE most important one. To be free means to be present without mental, spiritual or ridiculous national pride restraints. Freedom is also a choice. Most of us choose to take the bait. - Eusebio Hernandez
I believe in the fundamentals of freedom of Kant. Maybe because I think they represent or should represent the modern world. Although for Kant Freedom is not a choice but a moral duty. Nobody chooses to be a prostitute or to be poor. Circumstances are all we are.
- Maria Elias
Freedom is something many of us take for granted who live in a generally free society. At it’s most basic, real freedom for me is freedom of movement, speech, assembly, and thought as long as no harm is done to others. - Jeff Nield
Freedom, plain and simply is choice, your choice to be what every you chose to be, to love, to marry who ever you chose, its a simple concept that we as human being have been fighting for since the beginning of time. - Jack Fernandez
Freedom is a basic human right, which means that it’s something humans are entitled to JUST FOR BEING HUMANS. Freedom is having space and time to think, to move, to act, to breathe. Freedom means having a wealth of opportunities before you from which to choose. Freedom is feeling a sense of control over your own life, which includes having control over your own body, mind, heart, and spirit.
- Krystal Wu
Freedom means a right to live, sleep, communicate, prosper, and to live as you would want without persecution or ridicule from others, in any way we so choose. To have a right to explore our nation and its people to the fullest, to give the U.S. map a meaning to shine the red, white, and blue colors other than independence.
- Clarissa Jackson
Freedom is life without imposed restrictions. - Morven Lennox
We are all connected in this consciousness. What I think will affect the Universe and my next door neighbor. Look further beyond what governments dictate. You are born here in this 3D/time space to experience change which is all evolution based. Collectively mean sky is the limit
- Kathleen Woods
I feel that freedom is the choice to have a voice and give a voice to those who don’t. I am a woman who fought for women’s rights way back when, and I will continue to.
- Suzanne Caley
Freedom is being able to say yes or no, and to be believed and respected for that.
- Martin McKevatt
Freedom is having a choice. The ability to say yes, no, when, where, or why without restraint. All good & precious peoples should live with the essential liberty of free will.
- Megan Ferguson
The moment we are born we are inherently entitled to the rights of personal power. We are born as beings who belong to none other than the Creator and ourselves…first. To cut, steal, hinder, suppress, manipulate, or deny an individual of their personal power, even in the name of LOVE, is criminal. The cultivation and access to ones personal power is essential to the development of personal happiness as well as to the building of a cooperative, compassionate community. Let us not forget that with our freedom comes great responsibility for not only ourselves but for our fellow man as well. With the guidance of our greatest selves, our intellect and the Creator, we can honor those responsibilities, completely. Freedom shall reign.
- Jada Pinkett Smith