The 2017 Freedom Post

by The Tuesday Justice Community

In honor of both the 4th of July and Canada150, we asked our readers and friends and family to tell us about FREEDOM: What is it? What does it mean to you? When you hear the word, what comes to mind?

The answers ranged from the humorous….
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– Garrett

“Apple pie” – Erich

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– Jason

“Babysitter” – Hart

 

…to the personal….
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“An open field!!!! Being in nature with no agenda feels like freedom to me!” – Alice

“Freedom to me personally would be to live without anxiety. I’ve been dealing with it since I was young but did not understand until a few years ago that I struggled with this. There are some days when I wake up and do not have it – that is the most free I have ever felt. I just never know when those days will surface.” – Jessica

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“Freedom means that I am able to safely live authentically and be able to marry my wife.” – Corie

 

…some based their answers on imagery…-

FREEDOM by Rach Pace

“It’s a dancer and represents how we are pulled down by the events, surroundings, failures, pain, or even the people in our lives, but the light is just above us and attainable. We simply have to take a leap to experience freedom, and allow those experiences to boost us up, not drag us down.” – Rachael

 

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“I am so thankful to the women that have paved the way for my daughter to have freedom to choose her own paths and fulfill her ambitions. We still have a long way to go, but for me equality, justice and freedom are interlinked. This photo was taken on my first mother’s day this year. 3 generations.” – Leah

 

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“Freedom – the reality/concept/belief/right that I can fully express my individuality and personality without fear of ridicule or judgment. The right any human has because of their humanity. Freedom protects the dignity of human life. Freedom allows my worth as a person to be celebrated and encouraged. I am free to live, to love, to study, to work, to praise, to mourn, to teach, to grieve, to socialize, to travel, to save, to spend. Freedom expressed is freedom celebrated. My inherent worth shines when I am free. Because I work with adolescents, this picture, which hangs in my office, is a great reminder of freedom. She is free to be a kid, to learn and play as she sees fit…regardless of gender, color, belief, or class. I want this for all my adolescents. I want to see each one experience freedom. Freedom for all.” – Kayla

 

…and others used song…

(I particularly appreciated these because I’m always looking for good songs to listen to while I write posts for Tuesday Justice!)Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 11.31.47 PM.png

(Channon and I had some song ideas too. See the full collection here in The Tuesday Justice Freedom EP.)

…but my favorite responses were those that really got to the heart of what Tuesday Justice is all about:

working for the full FREEDOM of all people.

“I’ve often learned about freedom as being an absence of something. Freedom is not being caged. Freedom is when you aren’t hindered from doing or saying what you want. Freedom is the abolition of slavery. I think that definition is on the right track, but I would argue that there’s a little more to it. To me, freedom is being able to thrive. Freedom is being empowered and self-sufficient. A person is free when she has agency to draw her own conclusions about the world and make decisions accordingly. Freedom isn’t just the absence of enslavement; it’s the presence of autonomy.” – Anna Grace

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“’I will tell you what freedom is to me: No fear.’ – Nina Simone” – Katherine

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“What is freedom? It’s getting up every morning for a fight. Because freedom isn’t ‘won.’ It’s not a marker that we can reach or ever will reach. It’s always going to be a fight… Freedom for black and brown bodies…. Freedom for LGBTQ folks…. Freedom for those with pre-existing conditions…. Freedom for the poor and the disenfranchised… It’s always a fight against the powers that be… The principles and powers in high places.” – Terry

 

 

What I love about these answers is that they point to the reality that, while we can celebrate how far we’ve come, we’ve still got a long way to go. I hope you’ll keep going with us, fighting the good fight for freedom.

 


The Tuesday Justice Freedom EP

(for y’all without Apple Music)

 

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