On September 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Government Association will give out pocket Constitutions and red, white, and blue cupcakes in front of One Pace Plaza.
What does democracy mean to you? Share your thoughts with the community as the Center for Community Action and Research hangs a poster of the Constitution up on their bulletin board on the first floor of One Pace Plaza and have an open write-in forum. The CCAR office will also be tabling in One Pace Plaza and stopping by UNV 101 classes to distribute voter registration sign up. The Birnbaum Library will also have a display set up.
Residential Life will also be hosting movie nights (options include 1776, the History Channel’s The Founding Fathers, This is America, Charlie Brown, and National Treasure, but check with your RA for info on your floor’s specific selection.
Later in the month, Dyson Professor Bill Offutt will host a discussion on the Constitution entitled “The Constitution: Can the People Rule?” on September 24 from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Room and additional info TBA.
Don’t worry, PLV, there’s enough red, white, and blue cupcakes to go around. Have your cupcake and stay for a Constitution Day discussion on the struggle to keep voting rights paramount in this year’s election on September 19 in the Gottesman Room from 10:00 am –11:30 a.m. facilitated by Dyson Political Science Professor Greg Julian, PhD. Pace Law School professor and civil rights attorney Randolph McLaughlin will give a presentation on Justice and Voting Rights-2012 Elections, which ties into the University’s 2012-2013 Justice theme.
McLaughlin, who specializes in voting rights litigation, began his legal career at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a civil rights/civil liberties legal organization in New York City. For eight years he worked side by side with the renowned civil rights attorney William Kunstler fighting for the rights of activists and the communities across the country. While there, he was responsible for the management and coordination of important civil rights/civil liberties cases at the trial and appellate levels and he pioneered the development of a legal strategy to redress incidents of racially-motivated violence. In 1982, he won an award of $535,000 for five black women who had been attacked by members of the Chattanooga Ku Klux Klan.