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World Freedom Day
Cultural
Let Freedom Ring!

When: November 9th

Where: Worldwide

Traditional Celebration Ideas

The possibilities to celebrate this day are endless, that is of course your not reading this from inside your prison cell lol.  First of all if you have freedom and are grateful for it.. take a moment to think about why you have it and maybe honor those in the armed forces that help ensure you keep it.  Go to a church of your choosing and worship how you would like. Basically today is a day when you can go outside enjoy the sunshine, look up at the sky and do whatever you want..that is freedom and today we celebrate.

Numbers

According to prisonpolicy.org The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails

Description

As I remember the scene in Braveheart when Mel Gibson is strapped to a slab of stone and enduring excruciating torture, once mercy has been granted and he did not give in to the will of his captors he cried out the word FREEDOM in his last dying breath.  That scene was powerful and one I will always remember, many of you reading this are probably like me and live in comfortable environment where your freedom to do as you please will not come into question today or tomorrow, we are fortunate.  As they say, freedom isn't free however and often citizens and governments from other countries can't agree on certain things that ultimately lead to war, colonization, and captivity.  When nations go to war and one nation is victorious over the other, the inhabitants now are subjected to new government rules and possibly a cruel dictatorship where citizens freedoms are reduced.  The American War of Independence or the Revolutionary War, was started over people objecting to the rule of Britain, taxation policies and lack of colonial representation.  So over and over in history we see instances of groups of people seeking freedom or independence to live and be governed in a manner of their own choosing, so please don't take for granted the cozy situation of freedom you might be finding yourself in today.

Interesting Facts

  1. The Greek philosopher Socrates, was persecuted for promoting free speech.
  2. In Schenck v. United States, the Supreme Court created the "clear and present danger" test to decide if a state could constitutionally limit someones free speech rights under the First Amendment.
  3. Over 70% of Americans agree people should have the right to free speech, even if their words are offensive.
  4. The First Amendment protects five freedoms: speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government.
  5. New Zealand is considered my many in 2020 as the most free country in the world.

Information

Observed:
  • November 9th
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