I originally wrote this a couple of years ago.
It seems very relevant today -- especially given the terrible situtaTion in which Erni has been placed -- and I have no heisttaion in bringing it to your attention again.
Please add your name to this Blog if you support your, Erni's, mine, and all Mail Artists' freedoms.
Val (aka Mail Art Bill)
First Amendment: IUOMA shall make no law respecting an establishment of Mail Art, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of Mail Art, or of the Mail Art press; or the right of Mail Artists peaceably to assemble, and to petition IOUMA for a redress of grievances.
Second Amendment : A well regulated Mail Art community, being necessary to the security of the artistic world, the right of IOUMA members to keep and bear the tools of Mail Art, shall not be infringed
Third Amendment: No Mail Artist’s work shall, in time of peace be exhibited in any gallery, museum, or similar establishment without the consent of the artist, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by IUOMA.
Fourth Amendment: The right of Mail Artists to be secure in their persons, houses, studio and galleries against unreasonable searches and seizures of their works, tools, papers, effects, etc shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by oath, affirmation or authorization from Ruud, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the artists or works to be exhibited.
Fifth Amendment : No Mail Artist shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous piece of Mail Art, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand IUOMA Jury, or Group, except in cases arising from cultural and/or artistic danger; nor shall any Mail Artist be subject for the piece of Mail Art that is twice exhibited be put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any exhibition or blog to be a witness against himself or herself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or Mail Art, without due process of IOUMA; nor shall private Mail Art be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Sixth Amendment: In all criminal and artistic prosecutions, the Mail Artist shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of IUOMA and in the district wherein the Mail Art crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by IUOMA, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him or her; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Mail Art Counsel for his or her defence.
Seventh Amendment: In suits at common law over Mail Art, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty US cents, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of IUOMA, than according to the its rules.
Eighth Amendment: Excessive Mail Art exhibition fees shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted on Mail Artists. Ever.
Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in IUOMA, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by Mail Artists.
Tenth Amendment: The powers not delegated to IUOMA are reserved to Mail Artists. For ever. And ever. Amen.