Utility Box Art in Pasadena – Worth a Thousand Words

Angels theatre, Old Pasadena

Socrates: Have you noticed on our journey how often the citizens of this new land remind each other it is a free country?
Plato: I have, and think it odd they do this.
Socrates: How so, Plato?
Plato: It is like reminding a baker he is a baker, or a sculptor he is a  sculptor.
Socrates: You mean to say if someone is convinced of their trade, they have no need to be reminded.
Plato: That is correct.
Socrates: I agree. If these citizens were convinced of their freedom, they would not need reminders.”
    -E.A. Bucchuaneri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

In Old Pasadena, utility boxes remind passersby of the importance of free speech.

Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom. Justice Benjamin Cardozo
We must understand that the highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure if discipline. Cesar Chavez
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech. Benjamin Franklin
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We do not move forward by curtailing people's liberty because we are afraid of what they may do or say. Eleanor Roosevelt
Picture of a 1960s free speech rally.

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