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December 17, 2008 > League of Women Voters marks Bill of Rights Day

League of Women Voters marks Bill of Rights Day

Submitted By John R. Smith

The League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City President Syeda Yunus marked the 218th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights with a call for civic vigilance and participation in the Tri-Cities area.

"For 88 years, the League has worked to defend civil liberties and promote citizen engagement in democracy, and we continue this emphasis today. It is particularly important for Americans, especially all those who voted for the first time during this historic election season, to recognize the critical importance of protecting and honoring our most cherished constitutional rights."

"Throughout the year, League members work in our community to protect our liberties and make the most of them by encouraging voting, discussing important issues, and holding elected officials accountable for their actions ," said Ms. Yunus.

The protection of the individual liberties laid out in the Bill of Rights has been central to the League's work throughout its history. During World War II, the League worked to balance the preservation of civil liberties with the importance of national security. During the Communist "witch hunt" period of the early 1950s, the League conducted a community education program known as the Freedom Agenda, providing Americans with the opportunity to discuss and learn about the Bill of Rights. More recently, the League has advocated against warrantless domestic surveillance, promoted an independent judiciary, and sponsored numerous education projects aimed at informing citizens of their rights.

"The Bill of Rights is not only an important part of our nation's history, but also a living document that will guide us into the future." Ms. Yunus concluded. Join us in making democracy work! Visit the League of Women Voters of Fremont Newark and Union City at www.lwvfnuc.org.

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