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Film, educational events mark Constitution Day

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In recognition of Constitution Day Sept. 17, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will present two free screenings of "American Violet," a film about a wrongfully arrested woman. The movie is based on true events in which a 24-year-old African-American, single mother was wrongfully arrested during a drug sweep in Texas. The ACLU took on her case and won.

The first screening is at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Moot Courtroom at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 530 W. New York St. The second screening is at 7 p.m. at Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis.

The Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will also celebrate Constitution Day with a signing of a replica U.S. Constitution by high school students Thursday in the Statehouse. The annual event is part of the Supreme Court's educational outreach program. The program commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S.'s Constitution in 1787. Students will also read the Preamble and First Amendment, and discuss citizen rights and responsibilities.

Attorneys also will visit 8th grade classrooms around the state on Thursday to talk about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as part of the Indiana State Bar Association's "Ask Me What's Great About America."

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  1. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

  3. I always wondered why high fence deer hunting was frowned upon? I guess you need to keep the population steady. If you don't, no one can enjoy hunting! Thanks for the post! Fence

  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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