Freedom Fridays

Got this email, figured I'd pass it along. Feel *free* to join in or pass it along. (Ha ha, like my pun?)

My name is Nadia Jensen and I have an idea for a quiet revolution. Please take 5 minutes to read my email and then help me if you can:

There is some history behind this idea:
When Norway was occupied by Germany in 1940, Norwegian women began to knit RED caps for children as a way of letting everyone know that they did not like what was happening in their country, that they didn't like having their freedom taken away by the Nazis. My great aunt, Karin Knudson Myrstad, was one of the women who knit red caps for her children and others.

Similarly, in Denmark, women knit red-white-and blue caps (colors of the Allies) for the very same reason.

The result was that whenever Norwegians and Danes left their homes -- to go to the store, to work, etc, they could see that THE MAJORITY opposed what was going on in their country. As you know, both countries organized effective Resistance efforts and changed history -- everything that happened began simply by wearing red!!!! (or the colors of the Allies, in Denmark).

1. BACKGROUND: I believe, as many of us do, that at the very heart of our democracy is our right to oppose certain policies of our government. Increasingly, our Government is defining "freedom" in ways that make too many Americans perceive that it is risky to oppose the administration's policy? -- and, in particular, current inroads about individual freedoms and policies in the U.S. and abroad. However, many of us DO oppose what our government is doing to individual rights -- and I have an idea that will allow all of us to recognize each other very easily so we can see that WE ARE THE MAJORITY.

2. SO... I have been thinking that it's time to take action in a way that is effective and easy for all of us to do: Just wear red every Friday between now and election day.

Wear a little or a lot-- just be sure that when you leave your house to go about your day -- to work, to school, to the store, to the gas station, wherever you go in your daily routine -- that everyone who sees you will see that you are wearing red because you believe in freedom and you don't agree with our current administration's policies at home and abroad.

We really hope that we'll see that lots of us wearing red for freedom -- because WE ARE THE MAJORITY. We just need a way to show each other who we are!!!

Between now and election day, ask everyone you know to wear red for "Freedom Fridays".

3. I have already spread the word to friends and have had a very enthusiastic response. This email has been forwarded around the country by many who receive it - feel free to send in on to your friends and co-workers.

2 comments:

  1. Two problems:

    First, I'm guessing the city isn't that big, or even as a young criminal defense attorney (PD or Private BTW?) you'd wonder at the wisdom of wearing all red--

    Second, I get the history, but would diffidently suggest that given the current generally accepted dichotomy between red and blue (red states--republican/blue states--democrat) wearing red sends the wrong message. How about just actually taking some political action--say writing a letter, sending an e-mail (that's pretty easy) or publishing a coherent attack on the policies you abhor--dress for change just doesn't do it for me.

    I only note this because I hold you as a criminal defense lawyer to a higher standard. Blonde or otherwise.

    Best.

    David.

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  2. Good comment.

    First, this suggestion wasn't just for people in my city, but for anyone who reads this and likes the idea. While I agree that, even in a rural area, people wearing red might not have that big of an effect, I think it's a cute idea and worth a try. Actually, I do a lot of things in my daily life that aren't guaranteed to work - I work hard to get clients into drug programs instead of jail even though they often drop out before completing the program. Worth a try? Absolutely. And it's not as though wearing red takes a lot of effort. Imagine the impact if there really was a city full of people wearing red! Maybe a little idealistic, I know, but there's nothing wrong with trying.

    Second, this isn't an either/or proposition. Please send a letter or an email, attend a rally and send money to your favorite candidate. You can do all of these things while wearing red on Fridays. I'd liken wearing red to wearing a button that expresses your political views - but some people can't do that because their job prohibits it. I didn't pick the color, I just posted it here, but I do think that red would have a bigger impact than a sea of blue.

    Thanks for your comments!

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