Haiku entries for 2012!
Submissions are grouped by Amendment, where specified or obvious. In the spirit of the 1st Amendment, haiku are published verbatim, may not reflect the views of the ACLU of Hawaii, and may not be suitable for all readers.
1st Amendment: Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly; right to petitionSpeak, yell or babble Without censorship or fear ACLU’s here! – Example haiku Military might
Replacing our civil rights
Yo! It’s time to fight!! – Laulani Teale (via Facebook) Priest, shaman or witch Free to disagree, free to Embrace, happily – Goat Anonymous Worship God or goats Up to you: Believe freely – Goat Anonymous Abridging speech rights Leads not to Democracy American’s joy! – Andrey Zelenskiy (Ukraine) Don’t touch religion or problems will have you like winter’s first snow. – Andrey Zelenskiy (Ukraine) Faces recognized Everyday objects observe Chilled democracy – Goat Anonymous [see recent FTC report on facial recognition — scary!] – N.B.: http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-free-speech-national-security/ftc-weighs-face-recognition-technology [ED] $12,000?????
Under U.S. rule, it seems
Freedom isn’t free. – Laulani Teale (via Facebook) Churches, public schools That’s just un-American New Hope, give it up! – Concerned mom Splintered paddle vs. First Amendment on camping What law of OUR land? – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie Trump insinuates Demands access to disprove Obama’s birthplace – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie Courage reigns for those Who risk disobedience For justice for all – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie Landlord asked to see license. I showed passport…what? No driving required – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie I am free to speak,
Will I be free tomorrow,
Yes, proficiently! – Cory John Brummel (via Facebook) Freedom seems to be
A rather abstract concept
On occupied land. – Laulani Teale Free speech ain’t so free Citizens United will Out spend You and Me – Myron Berney Free speech ain’t so free Politicians are for sale By the People lost gone – Myron Berney This land was made for you and me, not you and you Wake up and dance! – Fl0w3rPunx They do what they want
I am free to disagree,
Just not too loudly – schutte (via Facebook) Say what’s on your mind strong linchpin of all the rest free speech, number one! – anonymous
2nd Amendment: Sovereign state, the right to keep and bear armsAnne get your gun second amendment is fun Anne get your gun – Myron Berney Ordered militias Necessary to free states I liked it that way – Steve This gun is awesome And I’m going to need it bad When the zombies come. – rule1=cardio 3rd Amendment: Protection from quartering of troops Hewa kaua! Military off my land Not your ‘aina, bro. – N.B.
4th Amendment: Protection from unreasonable search and seizureSleeping on the streets
Without government abuse
Is quite hard enough. – Laulani Teale (via Facebook) Smart grid signatures Electronic eyes search, seize All homes have secrets – Goat Anonymous [smart homes will know what appliances you use and whatever else you do — no one has “nothing to hide”] Online tracking sucks The ugliest troll ever Scumbag marketers – Internet Privacy Now! Insane Clown Posse: “Government kicked us in nuts” FBI lawsuit! – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/insane-clown-posse-sues-fbi_n_1917685.html Want help? Pee in cup Drug tests for some assistance Unfair and costly – Mike Brickner right of the people
secure in person and home
expect privacy – Matthew Cohen (via Facebook) Fingerprinted kids
In the cafeteria
Lining up for rice
-schutte (via Facebook) Government hit-drones robo-spying on our own the founders would snap! – Ms. Boo Secure in my house papers and effects. I love the Fourth Amendment! – @liberalviewer (via Twitter) 5th Amendment: Due process, double jeopardy, self incrimination, eminent domain. People are dragged through
bureaucratic hell for months
…and that’s “Due Process?” – Laulani Teale (via Facebook) Due Process of Law
No Self Incrimination
Just Compensation – Michelle Walker-Cook (via Facebook) 6th Amendment: Trial by jury & rights of the accused; Confrontation Clause, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel Government too poor To provide me a lawyer? Indigent Defense – John Chasnoff Mom says I’m perfect! “…a fool for a client?” Oh. Guess a lawyer’s cool. – Super Mario (via email)
7th Amendment: Civil trial by juryHow many people
Lose their “rights” because they can’t
Afford a lawyer? – Laulani Teale (via Facebook) Dude, you banged my car! Judge Judyʻs gonna get you Courtʻs not just for crimes – You Must Acquit 8th Amendment: Prohibition of excessive bail and cruel & unusual punishment Kanaka fill cells Sentenced, oppression simmers Justice still not just. – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie Overseas prisons Absent food, culture, and kin Bring our people home. – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie Hitting Kids In School Still OK in Many States Ban this Outrage Now! – Deborah J. Vagins Prisons for profit Privatization not free Goodbye liberty – Mike Brickner Alone and frightened Children behind prison bars Stop Solitary – Mike Brickner Solitary men In cruel isolation: Solidarity! – John Chasnoff No Excessive Punishment
Not Cruel or Unusual
Death Penalty Irrational – Michelle Walker-Cook (via Facebook) Sad prisoner sits
He contemplates bad outcomes
Worries for future – J.K. 9th Amendment: Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution Life, love, happiness.
This is all we want and need.
Why is this so hard? – Gregory A. Smith Scalia says no But the Constitution lives! Founders not that dumb – Butter Day 10th Amendment: Powers of States and people 13th Amendment: Abolishing slavery What kind of sickness Claims ownership of a man Capitalism – Comrade 2.0 14th Amendment: Due process, equal protection, birthright citizenship There are some paddles
This illegal government
Needs a good crack with! – Laulani Teale (via Facebook) Goats bleat; donkeys bray Expressions abound freely Straight or gay: OK! – Goat Anonymous Equal protection Not just for people like “us” Shielded from the crowd – Goat Anonymous [we must protect minority causes from oppression from the majority] Do you earn the same as men who do the same job? Pass Paycheck Fairness! – Deborah J. Vagins Due process for all
Born here are citizens
Equal protection are givens. – Michelle Walker-Cook (via Facebook) Fourteen protects me guarantees equality life and liberty – Myron Berney 15th Amendment: The equal right to vote regardless of race Voter Suppression Bull Connor’s Ghost Still Haunts, But VRA Still Lives! – Deborah J. Vagins My toes in warm sand! Living Aloha always! Cold drink in my hand! – @PaulKlink Paul Leo Klink
19th Amendment: No sex discrimination in the voting boothWomen’s Right to Vote Gender equity led to Title IX success – Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie
24th Amendment: Prohibition of poll taxesRight to vote inviolate
Free citizens mandate. – Michelle Walker-Cook (via Facebook)
General Bill of Rights Topic/Tributes & Non-HaikusNo more blood for oil no more blood for religion no more NDAA in the name of terrorism no more drug war lets make love not war. – Robert Clemens (via Facebook) No lessening of gun laws in paradise no more rolling of the dice no lessening of keiki prioritize’ and no more victims will lie dead. – Michelle Walker-Cook (via Facebook) Laulani, a warrior on the front lines……
standing up for i and i’s rights……
still waiting for more, waiting for representation….
how long she gotta wait?
no haiku, just my truth – Brady Townsend Life is grand for me. ACLU—why the fuss? Now I know … too late. – Diane Balogh, St. Louis Rights in paradise.
For preserving them. – Susan Herman 800 pound ape! Government’s so powerful Oh, my aching back! – Elmer Gantry The Constitution was meant to be a guiding light Evil lawyers turned it upside down into a painful plight Civil Rights and Liberties False Fears have stolen away The Government Terrorizing it’s Citizens, that’s not OK – Myron Berney Bill of Rights haiku Brevity, the soul of wit Government, behave! – Ms. Boo