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Monday, July 22, 2013

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act


Robert Shetterly has issued another in a long list of portraits of  Americans Who Tell The Truth.  This one is of whistleblower Edward Snowden.  

"The public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the "consent of the governed" is meaningless... The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed. "
AWTTH mission statement: "Americans Who Tell the Truth is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Through portraits and stories of exemplary American citizens, both historical and contemporary, AWTT teaches the courage to act for the common good. The original portraits and accompanying resources promote our country’s ideals, illuminate the necessary work of the present, and inspire hope in the future."

George Orwell once said, "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."  At no time in history has truth telling been such a necessity.

The world is in desperate need of nonviolent revolutionaries.  Let us hope that Snowden's courage will be contagious, spreading like a wildfire and encouraging others to find the courage to speak truth to power.

See more of Shetterly's profiles in courage at Americans Who Tell The Truth.



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