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Forum Post: Upside Down Flag: It's time to display and march with an upside down flag now!

Posted 7 years ago on Dec. 17, 2011, 1:27 a.m. EST by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761)
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It's time to display and march with an upside down flag now! Others have or currently are beginning to. What clearer way to emphasize national distress in the face of the current corruption in our government and economic/banking systems than to display and march with an upside down flag?!

(Complete info. and articles available at links)

Some info. and history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distress_signal#Flags "For hundreds of years inverted national flags were commonly used as distress signals."

http://www.jeffhead.com/liberty/flagdistress.htm "THE FLAG CODETitle 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10 As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress Approved July 7, 1976 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. Most individuals who have served in the military service of our nation will (or should) recognize this signal.

Some stories:

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/11/17/photos-occupy-protest-gets-inside-wells-fargo-raises-upside-down-american-flag-outside

(PHOTOS: Occupy Protest Gets Inside Wells Fargo, Raises Upside Down American Flag Outside Posted by Sarah Mirk on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 1:12 PM) "In preparation for the anti-big bank march through downtown Portland, one bank shut itself down: Chase Bank on Pioneer Square posted a sign in their front door reading, "Due to Occupy Portland, this building will be on lockdown until further notice."

But protesters shut down a second—Wells Fargo on SW 5th. As the crowd of an estimated 500 people swarmed up to the building, protesters had already gotten inside and held up a giant banner reading, "Stop funding prisons!" The protest focused on Wells Fargo providing financial backing to US immigration detention centers. As protesters banged on the building's large glass windows, employees of Wells Fargo watched the action through the glass from behind a line of riot police. Most looked rather worried, but a couple flashed peace signs at the crowd as the protesters chanted and sang. Police arrested the people holding the banner inside the building—I'd estimate that to be four arrests."

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/people/2011-04-12/museum-director-uses-us-flag-distress-signal.html

"Vermilion County War Museum Director Harold "Sparky" Songer flew the U.S. flag upside down outside the war museum on Vermilion Street in Danville on Monday. Flying the flag upside down is intended to signify distress. Songer believes the country is in distress"

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/01/29-8 "He did it to express despair about the state of the economy and to call attention to the plight of the 56,800 Rhode Islanders without jobs. The state's unemployment rate hit 10 percent last month, the highest in 34 years. Only Michigan has a higher percentage of jobless residents.

"I'm angry. I'm frustrated. I'm pretty desperate," Jason Jarvis said yesterday. "This was a cry that we're not alone."

More reason: http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/nffzq/an_idea_fly_the_american_flag_upside_down_to/

"An idea: fly the American flag upside down to protest NDAA and SOPA (self.occupywallstreet)

submitted 11 hours ago by Awken

According to the US flag code the flag of the United States is only to be flown upside down in "instances of extreme danger to life and property". I'd say this qualifies.

Since this Monday seems to be the date chosen to protest these acts, why not add something more visible to the average citizen and get as many people as we can to fly the flag upside down to indicate the distress our nation is currently facing?"

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