Hi Friends,

I wanted to wish you a happy holiday and share some of my favorite ways to celebrate.

“What to the slave is the 4th of July?”–Introduced by Howard Zinn, read by James Earl Jones, written by Frederick Douglas and, sadly, more relevant than ever. “What we need is fire.”

“Letter From Birmingham Jail”–This is one of my favorite pieces of writing of all time and should be read at least once a year. Although it’s lengthy it is well worth a listen. I like this version because it begins with a reading of the Call to Unity to which Dr. King was responding to in his letter.

“Change Gonna Come”–The rebels can keep their yell and the Republic can keeps its Battle Hymn. This is the song we need. Bless Sam Cooke.

Of course, the most patriotic thing you can do today, or any day, is exercise your right to engage in participatory government. My personal favorite ways to do this are to use

Five Calls and ResistBot. They are simple and easy to use, even for people with phone anxiety, like me.

If you’d like to call your representative but don’t know their number you can find it here. If you’d like to call your senator you can find their number here.

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