With the Fourth of July over for another year, your inclination might be to pack up your fifes and your drums and to go home.
(Both photos in this post copyright Neil Aquino 2011.)
However, just as the forces of evil never rest, it is up to you to be engaged in the work of freedom each day.
Below is a giant Declaration of Independence leaning up against a tree. I took this picture in Houston on the Fourth.
I know with this being Texas, you might think this giant Declaration leaned up against a tree was being readied for a lynching by a states rights mob angry at all the founding documents of our great federal union.
This was not the case. Not yet at least.
Today–July 6–and every other day of the year, is the right day to know your history and to work hard to win the future.
While doing some cleaning last week I came across the bumper sticker from my 1997 campaign for the Cincinnati Board of Education.
Though I did not prevail upon the people of Cincinnati to elect me to the school board, I’m glad to report that I was endorsed by the local AFL-CIO, UAW, SEIU, and Stonewall Cincinnati.
I did once win a race for precinct executive in Cincinnati. I think it helped me that I was the only person on the ballot for that high office in my precinct.
Every person has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, engage in civil disobedience, volunteer for candidates and causes, and even to run for public office.
The work of freedom is up to each of us.