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Friday, September 22, 2023

4th of July, between celebration and anxiety

The celebration of the 4th of July, Independence Day in the United States, is being lived in a tarnished and anxious atmosphere due to violence, social polarization and the primitive behavior of the Supreme Court of this country.

Celebrating independence makes little sense when the Supreme Court, a group of white men unrepresentative of the enormous ideological and ethnic diversity that exists in the U.S., overturns the ruling Roe v. Wade and thereby takes away women's control and freedom over their bodies and childbearing.

Nor is it encouraging to learn that this same group of men dealt a blow to the urgent fight against climate change by stripping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its authority to limit the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

And, as if that were not enough, despite the series of killings that have bathed the United States in blood and shame this year, the Supreme Court struck down New York State's restrictions on carrying guns in public. This not only affects New York, but sends a retrograde national message of indolence, and even promotion, of the massive violence that is tearing apart the social fabric in many neighborhoods and cities across the country.

I don't want to be a killjoy. Celebrating is always good. Let's enjoy the concerts, parades and shows that have been carefully prepared. But let us also take advantage of this day to reflect and condemn the abuses of a stale and abusive Supreme Court that does everything but work for us.

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Manuel Ortiz
Manuel Ortiz
He is a Mexican journalist and documentary photographer based in Redwood City. He is co-founder and director of Peninsula 360 Press. He has more than 20 years documenting international migration and social justice issues in various countries, including Mexico, the United States, Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia, Brazil, Honduras, France, Japan, and Ukraine. He has a degree in Sociology and a master's degree in documentary film from UNAM.


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