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.

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Comment by DKULT on December 31, 2013 at 4:42pm

mail art is just a hobby

Comment by DKULT on December 31, 2013 at 4:41pm

for the sake of gender equality, yes I should have included 'no mention of packages, sausages, weiners and their respective sizes may be mentioned.' Cats clearly do rule the world so Bianca's approval is all that I need anyway.  I don't even WANT to get into any cat or dog references to be included in the Bill of Rights. Maybe it should all be allowed, but questionable comments could be typed in underscore which would give the reader a clue that it might be objectionable.  My cat July just said, "bring me some live birds from the store" I'm pretty sure they think all this people nonsense is just that

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on December 31, 2013 at 4:34pm

I am sure that can be agreed and added to the Mail Art Bill of Rights, Diane. It will need a two-thirds majority of both Houses -- yours and mine. Bianca and I have already agreed to it in this House, so that's one legidslative hurdle cleared. (Trouble would probably have agreed to it too, but he is hiding under the bed because some kids are letting off end-of-the year firewworks, and he is frightened).

Erni's scanner and fighting funds are not very well endowed at the moment, though.

Comment by DKULT on December 31, 2013 at 4:28pm

Eleventh Amendment:  Utmost political sensitivity shall be presumed, therefore; no mention shall be made of breasts--robins, chickens, voluptuous or other. Every insult -- perceived, imagined, intentional or unintentional, will result in you having to put a quarter or Euro in the naughty jar (which will double as EB's legal/scanner fund)

Comment by Ruud Janssen on December 28, 2013 at 9:25am

No problem Val. Only wanted to make my point of view clear since you are also mentioning my name.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on December 28, 2013 at 9:23am

Thanks Ruud.

I'm not deciding anything, merely posting a 'spoof' Mail Art Bill of Rights.

Happy Saturday to you!


Comment by Ruud Janssen on December 28, 2013 at 8:41am

The IUOMA has only one amendment Val. You can say you are a member, or you can say you are not a member. Declared this in 1988 and this is still valid. You can't decide for others if they are a member or not.



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