Independence Day and the Continuing Fight for Justice

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The Statue of Liberty stands for freedom.

Independence Day, celebrated on July 4th, is a day that many families and friends get together to celebrate life and the many freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States.

The reason we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th is because it was on July 4th, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence explained the injustices that led to the colonists fighting with Great Britain and declared the independence of the 13 colonies from the British empire. 

As you celebrate Independence Day this year, take a moment to appreciate and be grateful for the great sacrifices that were made fighting against injustice so that you can have the freedoms you have today.

Remember that the injustices of today still require brave, ordinary people to face powerful forces in order to change our communities, and the world, for the better.

Finally, many historical figures have said a lot about the subjects of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and their words still ring true today.

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”

Woodrow Wilson

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” 

Nelson Mandela.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Samuel Adams

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson

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