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Fourth Community Read-Through 

When: Sun., July 3, 2-4 p.m. 2016

Beer and hotdogs are all well and good, and you may choose to celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off fireworks or watching Independence Day for the 100th time. But take some time beforehand to consider what you're celebrating. America may be the land of the free for some, but it has a long history of denying that freedom to others. Today, join Mountain Fold Books for its annual "Whose America?" Fourth Community Read-Through of "great works of American dissent," written by those who have not always had an equal voice. It does us all good to remember that racism, sexism and xenophobia are still prevalent and, in fact, continue to influence our culture. The reading will include Frederick Douglass' "Letter to my Master," the Seneca Falls Declaration, the Proclamation to the Great White Father and Gloria Anzaldúa's "The Homeland Aztlán." Mountain Fold suggests starting your holiday off right, "rhetoric before beer." 2-4 p.m., 121 E. Costilla St., free, mountainfoldbooks.org. — Alissa Smith

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