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Old Time American Flag Burn (7/1)

Old Time American Flag Burn.
A respectful ritual ceremony and orgiastic celebration of free speech.
FRIDAY, JULY 1st 7 - 10 PM
SEABRIGHT BEACH (right side)
Santa Cruz, CA
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In response to a congressional amendment outlawing flag "desecration" that has just cleared the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate, concerned citizens would like to invite you to a respectful ritual ceremony that honors this powerful symbol of freedom of speech. Since a 1989 Supreme Court decision protected flag burning as free speech, flag burning has been legal.

Now, a much more conservative congress is taking advantage of a more politically fearful climate and is seeking to outlaw this freedom of speech. We feel this weakens the symbol of the flag instead of protecting and honoring it. Since it is Independence Day weekend and flags are a hot topic, we'd like to focus attention to the true meaning of the flag. It represents freedoms so vast that it includes the burning of the flag itself.

We invite the community to BYOF (bring your own flag) and participate in this powerful event of American Flag honoring.


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"The Flag Desecration Rag"
---David Rovics

They tried to pass an amendment in the U.S. Congress
Seems these thugs have some grievance to redress
They said we all must pledge allegiance, 'cause that is what they need
We may not desecrate their symbol of hypocrisy and greed

But the flag is just a rag (2x)
Just a worn-out, tired, dirty, blood-soaked rag

Pledge allegiance to the symbol, well how about the deed
Allegiance to democracy or blind authority
It's a flag of war from L.A. to Vietnam
It desecrates itself each time the Air Force drops a bomb

But the flag is just a rag (2x)
Just a worn-out, tired, dirty, blood-soaked rag

Like they say in Mexico*, "Yankee Go Home"
Uncle Sam and his club thinks the world's there to roam
And to make the point well they do the traditional thing
Light a match and let freedom ring

But the flag is just a rag (2x)
Just a worn-out, tired, dirty, blood-soaked rag

So burn it, stomp it, tear it up or at least hang it upside-down
Tie it to your foot and drag it on the ground
Let everybody know how many lives are gone
'Cause of idiots who said, "My country right or wrong"

But the flag is just a rag (2x)
Just a worn-out, tired, dirty, blood-soaked rag

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Re: Old Time American Flag Burn (7/1)

right at the main beach for visitors? well, at least that's a safe place for a fire

Re: Old Time American Flag Burn (7/1)

if someones says, "main beach for visitors," then most people will think this statement refers to "Main Beach" where the Boardwalk is. Just to clarify, this flag burning will take place at Seabright Beach, at the end of Seabright St. on the East Side of Santa Cruz. But, people are also encouraged to burn flags at Main Beach ;-)

will not be prosecuted

An interesting clip of comedian and humanist Bill Hicks talking about flag burning.
bill_hicks_flag.mp3 (1123 k)
Warning: coarse language!
When I heard about the flag burning on it reminded me of this clip by Bill Hicks.

I found this gem

PoP dEFECT RADIO: Fourth of July 2005

PoP dEFECT RADIO: Fourth of July 2005 Tribute to Amerikkka featuring Ward Churchill, Dead Kennedys, Aztlan Underground, Night Ride, Jello Biafra, Sepultura..and a lot more BURN BABY BURN!!!

audio: MP3 at 26.2 mebibytes

(download torrent)

Re: Old Time American Flag Burn (7/1)

Flag Amendment and the Assault on Political Dissent
by Gregory "Joey" Johnson
Revolution #009, July 24, 2005, posted at
I am Gregory "Joey" Johnson. I was the defendant in the 1989 Supreme Court flag-burning case, Texas v. Johnson. I am still unrepentant about the burning of the American flag at the 1984 Republican National Convention as Ronald Reagan was being nominated for a second term as president. And I still see the American flag as a symbol of empire, oppression, international plunder and murder.

Today, powerful forces in the U.S. ruling elite--Republicans and Democrats--are again pushing for a constitutional amendment that would make burning the American flag in protest a crime. The proposed amendment-- "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States"--has passed the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the amendment is being sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and is given a better chance of passing than ever before. If it passes Congress, it will require approval in the legislatures of three-quarters of the states.

Why is the amendment coming to the fore again right now? The U.S. government is engaged in a global war for empire with wild ambitions of restructuring international relations so that the world is more completely under U.S. domination. Even as they get into deeper trouble in Iraq, they discuss what countries should be next on their hit list. Bush justifies all this as a "war on terror" and points to September 11. But, increasingly, the justifications have turned out to be lies. People see the daily horrors in Iraq and ask, "What is it all for?'

The flag amendment is an attempt, by broad sections of the ruling class, to unite the nation behind a jingoistic and belligerent "my country right or wrong" patriotism. They need the flag as a symbol of national unity. "This amendment is necessary.[to] maintaining the traditions and symbols that have helped to bind us together in all our diversity for over 200 years," Orrin Hatch said as he introduced the amendment in the Senate in April.

For those who would speak out and act against the system and its crimes, the amendment would create an atmosphere of intimidation backed up by police, courts, and jail. A wide range of political protest and even artistic expression would face prosecution and punishment.

The U.S government has a long and shameful history of political repression. But this amendment would change the fundamental law around political speech and dissent, giving the government new legal tools to take this repression to another level. Just how far is it from saying people can't criticize or express contempt for the symbol of the government to saying people can't criticize the government at all? Look around you, already journalists are being harassed and jailed; university professors investigated and purged, and even a U.S. senator who merely questioned torture was quickly denounced for "weakening the war effort." These are all ominous developments that concern tens of millions of people, far beyond those who might ever burn a flag.

I'm not just a flag-burner. I am a proletarian internationalist and a revolutionary communist. I dare to dream of-- and fight to bring into being--a world of freely cooperating and freely associating human beings, without borders, without exploitation and oppression--a society that people would want to live in. We should talk and debate about what is the way forward for humanity.

I'm calling on people who see the dangers in what the rulers are trying to enforce through this amendment to be part of a massive movement to DRIVE THE BUSH REGIME FROM POWER! I support the call for a day of massive resistance on November 2, the anniversary of Bush's re-election. As the Call for Action on November 2 states, "We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history."

Joey Johnson can be contacted via email: joeyjohnson4688 (at)

Re: Old Time American Flag Burn (7/1)

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