From a Canadian; One issue that could be
discussed is guns. The constitution says
" A well regulated militia, being necessary to
the security of a free state, the right of the
people to keep and bear arms, shall not be
No matter how it's been interpreted, it does say
that "as a" militia is necessary to the security
ofa free state, (I would read; "therefore" ) the
Plus a militia is no longer necessary to the
security of a free state, never mind that the
freedom they speak of does not exist anymore, and
that the U.S. has a full time militia, the armed
If a person is not a member of the militia, their
right to bear arms can be infringed.
There should also be a consideration of the fact
that "arms" meant swords and flintlock rifles and
pistols, not Tek-9s, hand guns and assault rifles.
>From 25 October - 6 November, a series of public discussions about the U.S.
>Constitution led by lawyers, academics, activists, and others will be held
>as part of the project "My Daily Constitution". Discussions take place at
>various locations (cafe, theatre, library, cultural center, lounge) in a=
>around Los Angeles. Free copies of the U.S. Constitution, printed for the
>series in a special edition, will be available at discussion locations.
>Among the issues that will be covered are the war clause, immigration,
>voting, national security, the USA Patriot Act, civil liberties, freedom of
>expression, racial profiling, the U.S. prison system, and political dissen=
>Discussion leaders during week one are NIELS FRENZEN, LAURIE L. LEVENSON,
>ALLEN IDES, SIMON LEVY, ANDREW GUMBEL, JOE DOMANICK, RICARDO GARCIA, DAVID
>ARIAN, and PETER GRAVETT. Discussion leaders during week two are SALAM
>AL-MARAYATI, PETER ELIASBERG, KATHAY FENG, JIM LAFFERTY, DEVON CARBADO,
>ARLENE INOUYE, and MARY BETH TINKER.
>* * * * * * * * * * *
>My Daily Constitution Los Angeles 25 October - 6 November 2005
>WEEK ONE - OCTOBER 2005
>Tuesday October 25th
>7 - 9 PM
>"The Rights of Immigrants, Documented and Non Documented, Under the U.S.
>Discussion led by: NIELS FRENZEN, Clinical Associate Professor of Law,
>University of Southern California School of Law; Director, USC Law School
>AT: ROCK ROSE GALLERY (Highland Park)
>4108 N. Figueroa St.,
>Los Angeles 90042
>Wednesday October 26th
>7 - 9 PM
>"The USA Patriot Act and the U.S. Constitution"
>Discussion led by: LAURIE L. LEVENSON, Professor of Law & William M. Rains
>Fellow; Director, Center for Ethical Advocacy, Loyola Law School, Los
>AT: THE NOVEL CAFE
>Santa Monica 90405
>Thursday October 27th
>Post-Play Discussion Following:
>"WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ", Directed by SIMON LEVY
>Discussion: "War and the U.S. Constitution"
>Discussion led By: ALLAN IDES, Professor of Law & William M. Rains Fellow,
>Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, & SIMON LEVY.
>AT: THE FOUNTAIN THEATRE (East Hollywood)
>5060 Fountain Ave.,
>Los Angeles 90029
>Performance time: 8 PM
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>Friday October 28th
>8 - 10 PM
>"The Right to Vote: America's Flawed Constitution and the Struggle for
>Discussion led By: ANDREW GUMBEL, U.S. Correspondent, the Independent
>(London); Author: "Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History
>of Democracy in America" (Nation Books, 2005).
>AT: THE THREE CLUBS (Hollywood)
>1123 N. Vine St.,
>Los Angeles, 90038
>Saturday October 29th
>12 - 2 PM
>"The U.S. Prison System and Constitutional Democracy"
>Discussion led By: JOE DOMANICK, Senior Fellow, Annenberg Institute for
>Justice and Journalism, University of Southern California, and
>RICARDO GARCIA, Director of Criminal Justice, ACLU of Southern California.
>AT: KAOS NETWORK (Leimert Park)
>4343 Leimert Blvd.
>Los Angeles, 90008
>Sunday October 30th
>5 - 7 PM
>"Case Study - The Port of Los Angeles at San Pedro: Balancing Constitution=
>Democracy with Homeland Security"
>Discussion led by: DAVID ARIAN, Past President, ILWU Local 13; Founder,
>Harry Bridges Institute, San Pedro, and PETER GRAVETT, President/CEO
>Sentinel Systems Inc.; Retired Watch Commander, Los Angeles Police
>Department; Retired Major General, U.S. Army.
>AT: ANGELS GATE CULTURAL CENTER
>3601 South Gaffey Street,
>San Pedro, 90731
>* * * * *
>WEEK TWO - NOVEMBER 2005
>Tuesday November 1st
>6 - 8 PM
>"Who are We the People Anyway? Our American Identity and the U.S.
>Discussion led by: SALAM AL-MARAYATI, Executive Director, Muslim Public
>Affairs Council of Los Angeles.
>AT: LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY - CENTRAL LIBRARY,
>63O W. 5th Street,
>Los Angeles, 90071
>Meeting Room A - First Floor (just inside 5th Street entrance)
>Parking: 524 S. Flower St. $1.00 Validated parking for library card holders
>Wednesday November 2nd
>8 - 10 PM
>"The First Amendment, from Private Shopping Malls to Public Plazas and
>Everything in Between"
>Discussion led by: PETER ELIASBERG, Managing Director, ACLU of Southern
>AT: THE MOUNTAIN BAR
>473 Gin Ling Way, (between Broadway and Hill St.)
>Los Angeles 90012 (Chinatown)
>Friday November 4th - Two Discussions:
>12 PM - Lunchtime Discussion
>"Our California Constitution: Redistricting and Proposition 77"
>Discussion led by: Kathay Feng, Executive Director, Common Cause.
>AT: LOS ANGELES CITY HALL
>TOM BRADLEY TOWER
>200 N. Spring Street
>Los Angeles, 90012
>Friday November 4th
>8 - 10 PM
>"The Right to Dissent and the U.S. Constitution - In Theory and in Practic=
>Discussion led By: JIM LAFFERTY, Executive Director, Los Angeles National
>AT: 33 1/3 BOOKS,
>1200 N Alvarado St,
>Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)
>Saturday November 5th
>3 - 5 PM
>"The Fourth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, Racial Profiling and
>Discussion led by: DEVON CARBADO, Professor of Law, School of
>Law, University of California Los Angeles.
>AT: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIBRARY
>6120 S. Vermont Avenue (between Slauson and Gage)
>Los Angeles, CA 90044
>Sunday November 6th
>4 - 6 PM
>"Case Study - Freedom of Expression in our Public High Schools: The
>Experience of Anti War Activists, From Vietnam to Iraq"
>Discussion led by: ARLENE INOUYE, Founder and Coordinator, Coalition again
>Militarism in Our Schools, and MARY BETH TINKER of 1965 Supreme Court Case:
>"Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District".
>AT: DUTTON'S BEVERLY HILLS BOOKS
>447 North Canon Drive
>Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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