[saymaListserv] FW: Wear red on Fridays to show opposition to administration policies!
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Thu May 20 20:25:27 JEST 2004
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From: Patti George [mailto:patirgeorge at yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 3:22 PM
To: lewis Beth
Subject: Wear red on Fridays to show opposition to administration policies!
Subject: Freedom Fridays
The following came from a friend of my mother. Sounds like a good idea to
me, so I thought I would share it.
My name is Nadia Jensen and I have an idea for a quiet revolution.
Please take 5 minutes to read my email and then help me if you can: Here's
some history behind this idea: When Norway was occupied by Germany in 1940,
Norwegian women began to knit RED caps for children as a way of letting
everyone know that they did not like what was happening in their country,
that they didn't like having their freedom taken away by the Nazis.
My great aunt, Karin Knudson Myrstad, was one of the women who knit red caps
for her children and others. Similarly, in Denmark, women knit
red-white-and blue caps (colors of the Allies) for the very same reason.
The result was that whenever Norwegians and Danes left their homes --to go
to the store, to work, etc, they could see that THE MAJORITY opposed what
was going on in their country. As you know, both countries organized
effective Resistance efforts and changed history -- everything that happened
began simply by wearing red!!!! (or the colors of the Allies, in Denmark).
I believe, as many of us do, that at the very heart of our democracy is our
right to oppose certain policies of our government. Increasingly, our
Government is redefining "freedom" in ways that make too many Americans
perceive that it is risky to oppose his policies -- and, in particular,
current inroads about individual freedoms and policies in the U.S. and
However, many of us DO oppose what our government is doing to individual
rights--and I have an idea that will allow all of us to recognize each other
very easily so we can see that WE ARE THE MAJORITY.
SO... I have been thinking that it's time to take action in a way that is
effective and easy for all of us to do: Just wear red every Friday between
now and election day.
Wear a little or a lot-- just be sure that when you leave your house to go
about your day -- to work, to school, to the store, to the gas station,
wherever you go in your daily routine -- that everyone who sees you will see
that you are wearing red because you believe in freedom and you don't agree
with our current administration's policies at home and abroad. I'm really
certain that we'll see that lots of us wearing red for freedom -- because WE
ARE THE MAJORITY. We just need a way to show each other who we are!!!
Between now and election day, ask everyone you know to wear red for "Freedom
I have already spread the word to friends and have had a very enthusiastic
response. This email has been forwarded around the country by many who
receive it - feel free to send in on to your friends and co-workers.
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