2014 Bill of Rights Day Celebration & Annual Meeting set for Sat., 12/13/14

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On Saturday, December 13th, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Crossroads Weaver Hall, the ACLU convenes its Bill of Rights Day Celebration – free, open to the public and ADA-accessible. Topics include breaking developments in civil rights, program updates, and discussion about upcoming challenges in Hawaii as the ACLU gears up for its 50th anniversary in 2015. The program briefing will be preceded by a short annual meeting.

Executive Director Vanessa Chong said, “This is an opportunity for the community to learn how the Bill of Rights protects them against abuses of power by government. Every day, familiar American values like freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to equal treatment under law help to make our lives better. Bottom line, people knowing their rights and taking action to protect their rights creates a more responsible government.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i invites the public to visit the extensive “know your rights” section of its website (www.acluhi.org), which includes locally produced resources like the 1st Amendment Toolkit and the newly published Youth Rights Guide. Free keepsake copies of the Bill of Rights can also be mailed on request.

For more information, or to request accommodation at the gathering: email office@acluhawaii.org, or call the ACLU event hotline at (808)522-5906. Neighbor islanders call toll free: 1-877-544-5906.

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”. Monday, December 15th, 2014, marks the 223rd anniversary of its ratification.

Planned agenda:

  • 12:30 p.m. – Reception opens, light snacks including vegetarian
  • 1:00 p.m. – Business meeting convenes
  • 1:30 p.m. – Program begins
  • 3:00 p.m. – Adjourn

RSVP requested to assist in our planning. RSVPs and requests for special accommodation needed by Friday, 12/5/14.

To RSVP, please call (808) 522-5906 or neighbor islands toll free 1-877-544-5906. You can also email office@acluhawaii.org