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Story Of The Week: Whose Independence Day?


July 4th In Philadelphia

STORY OF THE WEEK: Today Is A Day For The Celebration Of Freedom - A July 4th demonstration is underway in the city in which the U.S. Constitution originated, Philadelphia. See... Indymedia Images: 4th Of July In Philadelphia

JULY 4th COMMENTARY:

- Fredrick Douglass - Opinion: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
- Buzzflash - A Declaration Of Independence For 2003
- Thom Hartmann - Dear Clarence Thomas: It Happened on July 4, 1776
- John Chuckman - Chuckman: Lessons From The American Revolution
- The Indypendent - Civil Liberties Lost
- Rogerart.com - Re-Written Declaration Of Independence


July 4th In Auckland

JULY 4th IN NEW ZEALAND:

- PAW - Whose Independence? Crashing Swindell's Party! and Scoop Images: Ambassador Swindell's July 4th Party
- AIM - The Independence Rag - Song By Don Franks
- PAW - Images: Fending Off Capitalism With Food NOT Bombs

ACTION NOTICES:

- GPJA - Independence - From USA - Day - Protest Friday
- Peace Movement Aotearoa - Days of Action 3,4,5 July
- Peace Action Network - Fourth of July media release

George W’s 4th Of July

- "On July 4, 1776, our Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence, creating a great Nation and establishing a hopeful vision of liberty and equality that endures today." See... President's July 4th Message , President Bush Honors Military in 4th of July Spch and Press Gaggle with Ari Fleischer July 4, 2003

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