Happy Inter-dependence Day California
July 4th is complex!
As Greens we cannot join an unexamined celebration about the birth of a nation that was created on stolen indigenous land, and built with the labor of enslaved Africans and impoverished European peasants who had been driven off their own ancestral lands.
In fact, we encourage you to read this profound and scathing speech delivered by Frederick Douglass in 1852: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
As Greens we do want to acknowledge and celebrate the rejection of monarchy as a form of government. May we resign the concept of "Divine Right of Kings" to the dustbin of history forever.
So this July 4th many of us will be celebrating a "Declaration of Interdependence" to acknowledge that we are all connected to all other people, even those with whom we disagree. Deeper still, we are all part of an interconnected web of life that includes all living things and natural elements.
And whatever we do to that web, we are ultimately doing to ourselves.
Join us in celebrating the beautiful connections that make us one big family.
Green Party of California