Fourth of July is a Time to Reflect on Meaning of the Flag

On the Fourth of July, patriotic Americans everywhere celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, cookouts, and time with their families. This year, some celebrations will be interrupted by reminders that the United States does not give freedom to everyone. One activity was nearly made illegal this summer: burning the American flag. An amendment backed by the Bush administration to give Congress the power to "ban desecration of the American flag" received one vote less than was needed for passage. Fourth of July protests in the Bay Area will remind people that US imperialism in the Middle East is causing detention, torture, and death for many.


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