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© Regenia Brabham
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Here are a few American's practicing their constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Thank you for the spotlight Thad!!

90 responses

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    Great shot for this theme, Regenia!!!! Powerful statements, and no one gets beheaded for making their own statements! Thanks for posting my friend!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most powerfully).

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    Excellent shot, Regenia...Well done!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    awesome entry for this theme, congrats my friend ! :)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    The passion of the protesters comes through loud and clear in your photo.

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    ~super for the freedom to speak our minds and super for the theme!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    Perfect entry for the theme! I love the emotion displayed in their faces; well captured!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    very cool them shot! nice work.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    super shot !!!!!! perfect for the theme....

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    great photo

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    Fantastic capture and perfect for the theme.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    perfect theme entry!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    powerful image!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    Great shot, love the looks of determination on their faces.. perfect entry!!

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    perfect! well captured Regenia!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (18 Feb 2011):

    Thank you eveyone! I am so glad to be born an American!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    excellent!!!! great job R!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (18 Feb 2011):

    Perfect, and ditto all the above comments.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (18 Feb 2011):

    Isn't it wonderful how all over the world people are at last getting out from under with this powerful weapon.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    Excellent theme entry

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    Excellent Entry!!!!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    Awesome photo and entry Regenia!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (20 Feb 2011):

    Great entry !

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (20 Feb 2011):

    A great theme entry..

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    This is perfect, Regenia, the image speaks volumes in terms of frustration

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    So right for this theme.

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    The first comment mentions "beheading"? No,they wont be beheaded in the US,but they might be shot in the head or murdered for their political beliefs, as in Tucson. Every country in the world has their issues...Matt

  • nancy m

    nancy m said (22 Feb 2011):

    @Patty Gross regarding your statement: "Powerful statements, and no one gets beheaded for making their own statements!"
    I have to say that in light of recent events in the Middle East, I find this to be a little bit offensive and a HUGE generalization. The innuendo behind the comment is far from subtle, and that kind of attitude is entirely uncalled for. In fact, to me, it belittles the bravery of people all over the Middle East right now from Tunisia to Bahrain who are fighting for their freedom. THOSE are the people who have earned my respect.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) said (22 Feb 2011):

    What I said is the truth....I am exercising my freedom of speech. People are beheaded for many, many reasons in the Middle East and Afghanistan. I am still sickened by the beheading of Danny Pearl who went there to try to make peace. I watched the video of the shooting of a young Muslim woman who was led into a soccer stadium in Kabul and forced to kneel while the Taliban shot her in the back of the head. There was the Englishman who was working for a contractor who was beheaded. NO! I will not back down ever again with my freedom of speech. I studied Islam and the Holy Qu'ran for 8 years. I know perfectly well what the terrorists believe, and what every Muslim believes. I know what is written in the Qu'ran. Have you studied Islam at all? I have a cousin who graduated from West Point and is a Major in the US Army. He is a "direct fire commander in Afghanistan. Of course I love our military. My comment was not meant to be "subtle." I hope you will study, really study Islam and have a dialogue for several years with many Muslims living in the ME. I did, and it opened my eyes. I find your assault on my comment extremely offensive. So perhaps we're even.....but study the truth about Islam....study Sharia Law for example AND the Qu'ran, watch the videos of the beheadings of innocent people, then come back and tell me how "improper" my statement was.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (22 Feb 2011):

    There is nothing like politics and religion to start debates. I am glad to see you all practicing your freedom of speech. This is the reason we have it. So we can speak for or against the leaders.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) said (22 Feb 2011):

    Amen!

  • nancy m

    nancy m said (23 Feb 2011):

    Regenia - I apologise for continuing this but I do feel that I need to respond.

    Patty - it's not a competition about who has studied Islam longer or how many relatives you have in Afghanistan. I am not Muslim and so my comment comes from a very unbiased place. In fact, I'm a Christian Egyptian who has lived in the midst of Muslims for over 10 years and my perspective has nothing to do with rhetoric and text books. It has to do with someone who lives in the Middle East and lives amongst Muslims. My closest friends are Muslims and they are more liberal and openminded than you could ever hope to be. I live in a country where the majority of the people are Muslim and would you believe that beheadings are not a form of punishment used in this country?

    For you to say you know Muslims and you know Terrorists without attempting to differentiate between the two, for you to talk about beheadings as though it's normal practice for all Muslims, all of these generalisations prove that you are not interested in freedom of speech - unless of course everyone who is speaking with you has the same opinion. That is not freedom of speech. And the fact that you are "offended" by me exercising MY freedom of speech on a comment that you left in an OPEN forum just proves my point - so thanks for that. You can "Amen!" all you want to Regenia's response about freedom of speech but that just makes you a hypocrite.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    nice photo !!! I am serching a shot for this theme!!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) said (23 Feb 2011):

    One comment, sorry Regenia, I did not learn about Islam from texbooks, but from conversations with many, many Muslims over a period of 30 years. For 8 years I studied Islam through Islamic websites and the Qu'ran. There is a difference between the general Muslim population and the terrorist Muslim population.....we do know the terrorists are all Muslim. They're certainly not Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, etc. ALL Muslims do believe the hadiths, suras, etc,, as written in the Qu'ran, terrorist and non-terrorist alike. And their holy book specifically tells them to behead the infidel (non-believer), and any Muslim who converts to another religion. Remember Salman Rushkie, who wrote "The Satanic Verses?" They have tried forever to find and execute him. No separation of church and state in Islam.....Sharia Law only! No freedom of speech. I pray for the Muslim people, and my heart aches especially for the women and children of Islam. For anyone who wants to learn the truth, get the Qu'ran (Koran) from you library and study this religion. I will not respond to further posts out of respect for Regenia.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    A wonderful entry, Regenia! What a great privilege this is! I hope we never lose it.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (24 Feb 2011):

    You've captured the fervor Regenia.....great photo/entry ~ !!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (24 Feb 2011):

    People are quick to respond and argue..... even without thorough understanding of the other's point of view.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (25 Feb 2011):

    Thanks so much everyone!!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Signs of Democracy.... super entry!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Excellent shot and entry!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    YEAH - Congratulations this made the feature photos!!!!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    Regina, it is even a more powerful photo that I initially thought, and the comments above show it. I will toss my 2 cents into the ongoing 'debate'. Having lived in Cairo for 8 years, I have learned first hand how the standards for Christians and Muslims are different. Who makes their living by residing in the garbage pits, gleaning food and whatever they can manage to salvage for sale to stay alive, and yet, who protected the Muslims while they prayed during the recent turmoil, and who had their churches attacked? But the issue is not religion here, it is the RIGHT we have to say what we will. EXCEPT where the GOVERNMENT HAS PROHIBITED IT by make (their definition) 'hate speech' a crime. The boundaries of 'hate speech' are constantly being expanded, and you can be prosecuted for speaking your thoughts on a growing number of subjects. Therefore this shot (I use that word now, so far it hasn't been banned) is especially wonderful, and the sidebar debate on religions takes nothing away from it, just enhances the photos meaning.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    Just a bit of balance re: O.C.'s mention of Egypt's Christian community helping their Muslim brothers and sisters -- that went in both directions (see http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/3365.aspx), and in fact Egypt's Muslim community has stood by the Christian community in previous years after incidents of intolerance by Muslim extremists. The vast majority of Muslims are people of good will and good intentions, and stereotypes claiming otherwise help no one.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    a wonderful find regenia! voted! great entry.

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    great capture & entry- voted

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    A very well composed theme entry....with perfect capture of emotion.......voted!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (16 Jun 2011):

    BTV

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Back to Vote!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   said (16 Jun 2011):

    BTV

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Absolutely - voted ~ !

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    back to vote.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    oh, yeah!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (17 Jun 2011):

    I am with them in this matter, love it, a huge vote!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    I am with you always!!! You have nice sence of photography always!!! Back to Vote!!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Rad and excellent!

  • Sergey Vikanov

    Sergey Vikanov gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Also rated!! Your photos always right on theme

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Excellent theme photo!!!! Voted Yeah : )

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    Oh yeah this is way RAD !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    Back to Vote -- RAD!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    A good addition to the theme Regenia, I voted.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    My voted ... great capture

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    An absolutely outstanding entry for this theme! Voted!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Excellent entry Regenia!! voted

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    They are the words "freedon of Speech"!. Great capture and entry, Regenia.

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Somehow I just don't think Washington's listening. Great catch. "Yeah!" R

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    BTV:)

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    Excellent for the theme..voted!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    Got my vote.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    Back to vote!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (29 Jun 2011):

    Perfect for the Theme, Regenia. Yay! Freedom of Speech!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Yeah my vote!

  • Merwyn Kanjes

    Merwyn Kanjes said (2 Jul 2011):

    Excellent photo for the theme!. Vote. "Yeah"

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    V O T E D ! ! !

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (18 Jul 2011):

    Great shot... and very true. GMV

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (24 Jul 2011):

    got my vote!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (25 Jul 2011):

    BTV!!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (3 Aug 2011):

    Wew need this in everty state, every city, every town and every street....then we need to vote....put up some folks who have no ties to big business, who are NOT millionaires or lawyers..who have the PEOPLES interests at heart...Powerful...VOTED...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (3 Aug 2011):

    Oregon says it VERY well, freedom of speech????...hmmmmmm Oregon has a valid point...

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    This shot says it all!!! Voted!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Voted. Just wish I knew my words would be heard, but if I don't speak them they will NOT be heard for sure.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Back to vote. Powerful photo and interesting comments on the string. We, as Americans, are fortunate that we do have freedom of speech, assembly, religion -- I cherish the First Amendment and all that it means. I have had the honor of swearing an oath to protect it from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Hopefully this nation will honor what it means through intelligent discourse and speaking our minds. I may disagree with what you say, but I defend your right to say it (and, I did defend that right).

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (16 Aug 2011):

    Thank you so much for your votes, comments, props and faves everyone. A special thank you to you Thad for your service. It is men like you that make me proud to be an American. I get very upset when people misuse the rights you fought so hard for.

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (17 Aug 2011):

    Great shot - my vote!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (2 Sep 2011):

    Resolute in their unity.

  • Rongina Driggers

    Rongina Driggers said (22 Sep 2011):

    Wow! Love it!

  • Alwyn Scott Turner

    Alwyn Scott Turner said (11 Dec 2011):

    Outstanding documentary series on historical events...the worldwide revolution by ordinary peaceful people who represent the 99% Majority that are now determined to stand up and speak out for Freedom & Justice...for the natural Rights Of Life that belong to all mankind - the Right to live honestly in a democracy without lies and deceit, secure from puppet tyrants and stooges that usurp society by conspiracy and subversion, and engage in devious black flag operations to assassinate and incite people to war against each other: The 1% minority - these are the true Terrorists that use brutal force against their own people and mercenary armies to terrorize society and destroy citizens of other cultures.
    Who are the hidden and anonymous conspirators of the 1% minority that secretly controls world events behind the scenes? To what nation do they conceal their loyalties? Who are they that dictates to an embedded Media to prevent the Freedom of Speech? And who are they that arranged to appoint the same criminals that carried out the plan to meltdown Wall Street and ruin the financial institutions of America...and who operates the conspiracy at the highest levels of government - that appointed the same Wall Street criminals to high positions in the current adminstration - instead of exposing and prosecuting them as criminals - and who then conspired and ordered the corrupted Police Chiefs across America to brutally raid and suppress the Occupy! Take Back America Movement?
    It takes courage to speak the truth...and these documentary photographs are the eyes of the people...through these honest views of reality people can see that they are not alone, and that together they cannot be defeated....a truthful view of reality is the greatest weapon.
    The most inspiring element of these historical images - is that it takes a young woman like Nancy to sense the gravity of this historical moment in the reality of our lives....that's you, Nancy - what you feel is the mass consciousness from the 99% that admire and support your courage to challenge those that would use misdirection to divert from the real issues. Truth is the best solution to dissolve the vast conspiracy of the 1% minority hidden regime.
    Thank you for your outspoken courage and for being there at the right time, Nancy.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (12 Dec 2011):

    Well thank you but my name is Regenia

  • Alwyn Scott Turner

    Alwyn Scott Turner said (15 Jan 2012):

    Reginia...yes, I know...I thought Nancy had the right attitude toward the truth.
    You might be interested in this event:
    CIVIL RIGHTS DAY MASS RALLY - Washington, DC.
    Martin Luther King Monument - Monday, January 16, 2012
    RIGHTS OF LIFE - OCCUPY! Take Back America! CivilRightsCoalition in national support of CIVIL RIGHTS DAY being concurrent with Dr.King's Birthday - a Mass Rally for Peace, Justice, Freedom of Speech, the Right Of Privacy - and demonstrate opposition to the Denial Of Access (DOA) Conspiracy by the 1% minority to deny the Rights Of Life to the 99% Majority of The American People.
    AL
    (I was prevented from sending you this message at Jpgmag - evidently, the DOA censors do not want people to know about the event - especially documentary photographers.

    CIVIL RIGHTS DAY MASS RALLY - Washington, DC.
    Martin Luther King Monument - Monday, January 16, 2012
    RIGHTS OF LIFE - OCCUPY! Take Back America! CivilRightsCoalition in national support of CIVIL RIGHTS DAY being concurrent with Dr.King's Birthday - a Mass Rally for Peace, Justice, Freedom of Speech, the Right Of Privacy - and demonstrate opposition to the Denial Of Access (DOA) Conspiracy by the 1% minority to deny the Rights Of Life to the 99% Majority of The American People.
    AL
    (I was prevented from sending you this message at Jpgmag - evidently, the DOA censors do not want people to know about the event - especially documentary photographers.

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