“who speaks of our triumphs, of how we
altered the course of a raging river of oppression
how we turned our love for each other into a
garrison of righteous rebellion”

      —Kenneth Carroll

As we approach July 4 and our nation’s annual commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, we do so in the context of historic calls for justice and acknowledgement of the truth about how our country was founded and built through the colonization of indigenous lands, the enslavement and genocide of millions, and the continuous oppression of the people. This is a time to reflect on the word “freedom.” Below you can find poems and activities that witness, speak to, and might enable that work.