Bill of Rights Day is Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hawaii ACLU Celebrates with Event, Poetry & Free Copies of Bill of Rights

Honolulu – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i celebrates Bill of Rights Day, Saturday, December 15th – marking the 221st anniversary of its ratification.

A free, public event from 1-3 p.m. on the 15th at the Blaisdell Center Maui Room features a short Annual Meeting followed by the “Activist Toolkit” – an interactive program offering practical tips individuals can use to get their voice heard by government leaders.

Online, the 2012 ACLU of Hawaii Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge runs now through 12/15/12. People are encouraged to add their Bill of Rights Day-theme haiku to the nearly 50 entries already in from around the country.

The ACLU also offers free copies of the Bill of Rights and its First Amendment Toolkit, deliverd via U.S. Mail.

To request your copies, send in a haiku or RSVP for the Activist Toolkit event, call (808)522-5906 (neighbor islands toll-free: 1-877-544-5906), email office@acluhawaii.org, or write ACLU-HI, P.O. Box 3410, Honolulu, HI 96801. On Twitter: @acluhawaii / Facebook: acluhawaii.

Executive Director Vanessa Chong said, “The Bill of Rights represents core American values. It is a check and balance against government abuse of power. Freedom of expression will be one of the rights in action. We invite the community to join the ACLU in celebrating liberty and the opportunity to know more about their fundamental rights.”

 

The Bill of Rights was added to the federal Constitution and ratified on December 15, 1791 to prevent a repeat of English tyranny. In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 15 to be “Bill of Rights Day”.

 

To learn more about your rights, visit www.acluhawaii.org or the national ACLU website at www.aclu.org .