I'm delighted to receive this message today - my 49th birthday. This is a bit of American History that is not widely known, but should be. I knew it well.
Bully! Good Job! Keep spreading those pesky facts!
By the way, on the topic of non-consensual bondage, I was recently falsely imprisoned by the Federal Govt. without any process of law, was lightly physically tortured and repeatedly threatened with broken bones, forcibly sedated daily, and much more - my previous attachment to the Submarine Service and vocal atheism sometimes cause me problems. I was released after a long hunger strike - when arrangements were made with my active-duty military son to pick me up, they attempted to secretly release me
days prior to his arrival on the streets of Oklahoma City, hundreds of miles from home, without funds, transportation, communications - or a shirt.
I'm fine, but there were other guys in there gettin' worse than I was - and probably still are. They have quite an exceptional fatality rate at this facility, I understand.
I'm pursuing it now, and I hope to see it in the news.
Todd Charles Crooks
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From: Jason Frye <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, June 19,[masked]:06:27 PM
Subject: [humanism-184] JUNETEENTHHAPPY JUNETEENTH EVERYONE
in commemoration of when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas June 19, 1865 and Freed the last remaining 250,000 Slaves in bondage. As Humanists we abhor non-consensual bondage of any kind, be it spirital, mental, emotional, or physical.
The Humanist Association supports all peoples struggles for freedom, including ethnic, political, national, sexual orientation etc etc etc; and today marks a momentous day in American History where one of the last strangleholds of oppression was shattered in the anti-slavery battle.
Here is the Emancipation Proclamation.
Freedom is awesome
The Emancipation Proclamation
January 1, 1863
By the president of the United States of America:
Whereas on the 22d day of September, A.D. 1862, a proclamation was issued by the president of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
"That on the 1st day of January, A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do not act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom."
"That the executive will on the 1st day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State or the people thereof shall on that day be in good faith represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such States shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State and the people thereof are not then in rebellion against the United States."
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this 1st day of January, A.D. 1863, and in accordance with my purpose so to do, publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days from the first day above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof, respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States the following, to wit:
Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana (except the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James, Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkeley, Accomac, Northhampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Anne, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which excepted parts are for the present left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be, free; and that the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
The Humanist Association of San Diego
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San Diego, CA 92163www.sdhumanist.org
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