Bill of Rights Day 2006 (recap)

with details for running your own event below!

Luncheons scheduled to read the Bill of Rights aloud

If you can't make it to Phoenix,
here's how to hold one near you.
Honor the document that helps secure your freedom!

[Recap: The 2006 Phoenix event was a stunning success; the spacious Goldwater Institute auditorium was packed with freedom's minions across a wide spectrum, from the local ACLU director to the head of the state NRA chapter (and I saw them chatting amiably for a long time!). Many of their fans attended as well and everyone got along -- can't begin to name all the groups that had representatives there, plus a handful of legislators (who the Bill of Rights is supposed to protect us from!). All Americans are concerned about the safety and security of our fundamental civil and human rights, this was a chance to come together, find common ground, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Conversations in the room got so loud it got hard to hear, and then we called to order.

Dr. Lance Hurley did his typically splendid full-period-garb portrayal of Patrick Henry, and from memory, delivered the chilling "Give Me Liberty Of Give Me Death" speech. The applause was followed by a somber silence, as Richard Stevens and Tom Jenney shared the reading of the Bill of Rights. After a pause, we voted on its health -- with a surprisingly wide spread of opinion, from one "10" to many low scores, and we discussed that, rambling into side issues, fully engaged until it was time to go, which people only did reluctantly, taking a warm glow with them. ]


If you can’t make it to our event in Phoenix, arrange your own --

There's almost nothing to it besides deciding to do it.
You're an American. Step up to the plate:


Ask any local venue if you can bring over a bunch of people for lunch or dinner.
---Any tavern or restaurant, especially one with a side room, works fine.
---You can even just invite people into your own home.


Send out the word, the appeal is automatically built into "Bill of Rights Day Celebration."
---Use email, photocopied flyers, word-of-mouth, tell local activist groups, be creative.
---You can even just invite people you know, that's how we started years ago, it was fine.


Get and read a copy of the Bill of Rights out loud. How much easier could it be.
---Ask someone locally who's a somebody to offer some opening remarks.
---After you read the Bill of Rights ask, "How healthy is the bill?" and the fun begins.

-- A venue that has a happy hour makes it even easier, since they already put out a spread and the bar tab means their revenue goes up with no effort to them.

-- We have the luck of having a reenactor (Patrick Henry) who's always looking for performance spots, this is a natural, I just let him know and he's there. Similar people and opps are everywhere (try patriotic barbershop-singer quartets nationwide for example, google Barbershop Harmony Society; or google "re-enactors in [your town]" and find lots to choose from).

-- Use your gift of gab to persuade a fancy venue into hosting (send a few emails, make a few phone calls, meet to tie up the details), they're very receptive to offers to bring in a group large or small. Let them charge a modest door fee -- the appeal of your event skyrockets (the venue gets the fee and bar tab, no sweat, they provide the victuals and work the door including credit cards; we've used The Omaha Steakhouse, The Goldwater Institute, The Wrigley Mansion).

I mean, the thing virtually runs on autopilot. Great thanks to Aaron Zelman in Milwaukee ( for first floating the inspired concept. "All of the Bill of Rights for all of the people."

Everyone has a stake in preserving the Bill of Rights, even if we differ over parts. People like yourself can make this the major national event it ought to be. Go for it!

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Bill of Rights Day Luncheon 12/15

For Immediate Release -- Nov. 14, 2006
Contact: Alan Korwin at Bloomfield Press, 602-996-4020


An open invitation:


Fri., Dec. 15, 2006, at Noon in downtown Phoenix (and elsewhere).


Spend a little time enjoying what makes America great!

Celebrate your rights.

Join people all over the country who will break bread with their neighbors, and as a group read the Bill of Rights, on the day it was ratified in 1791.

We will read the original Bill of Rights out loud from a parchment copy, and then jointly discuss its health in roundtable style. Is it working? Are our rights intact? What are the threats to the precious rights we hold dear? What are the prospects for the future?

This is the fifth year in a row that Arizonans have gathered to recognize and honor one of the most important concepts ever created. Join us. You will remember this experience for a long time to come.

The Goldwater Institute is graciously providing the use of their auditorium for this special event:

Goldwater Institute, 500 East Coronado Road, Phoenix.
One block north of McDowell, west of 7th Street.

A delicious hot buffet luncheon will be provided for $15, payable at the door.

The caterer needs a mouth count,
so YOU MUST RSVP by email to attend:
Respond no later than 12/12/06!
Do NOT change the subject line of this email when you reply.


The Bill of Rights Luncheon
Friday, December 15, 2006
At the Goldwater Institute auditorium
500 E. Coronado Ave., Phoenix
1 block N. of McDowell, E. of 7th St.
High noon to 1:30 p.m.


P.S. Are you already occupied or too far away to join us? Hold your own luncheon! Gather with friends on Fri., Dec. 15, go to lunch, and read the Bill of Rights -- aloud. It's a magical moment, as the words sing out. Take time in your busy schedule to enjoy this reflective pause, and recount the tremendous values these freedoms have brought to you, your family and the world.



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