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“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” by Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, born into slavery, was an abolitionist, human rights and women's rights activist, orator, author, journalist, newspaper publisher and social reformer. Below is an excerpt from a speech he gave in Rochester, NY on July 5, 1852.

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July 4, 1776

The Declaration of Independence:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women) 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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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Sexuality, Sexual Identity and Immigration

Immigration reform legislation passed the Senate. But Right-wing culture warriors exacted a cost: the exclusion of family rights for same-sex couples, much to the anger of national and local Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Intersex/Questioning[1] (LGBTIQ) rights groups. Now, following the Supreme Court's striking down the Defense of Marriage ACT (DOMA), that exclusion appears to be less problematic.

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Marriage Equality Essential But Insufficient

Democratic Socialists of America celebrates the two Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality as a major step in the unending struggle for equal rights for the LGBTQ community.  A reactionary Supreme Court has had to recognize that most Americans now accept marriage equality. The Court’s decision will enable married same-sex couples to access federal benefits and strikes down Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage in California. 

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Defend and Expand Democracy

Marriage Equality and Beyond

Today the US Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to marriage equality, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, and Windsor v. United States, the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Help Keep Democratic Left Strong

I hope you are enjoying our Democratic Left blog. The new blog is a continuation of our print magazine, which for a decade longer than DSA’s existence has been a magazine of the Left, deeply rooted in both the principles of democratic socialism and immediate struggles for reform and empowerment.

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Digital Disconnect- How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Robert W. McChesney is one of the nations’ leading analysts of media and monopoly, and his Digital Disconnect- How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, is an excellent analysis of the problems that arise when a medium with the capacity to empower people is itself becoming a tool of social control.

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