By Guy Page
On the final day of Chanukah, Friday Dec. 18, supporters of the U.S. Constitution will gather at the Vermont State House lawn for the first in a series of rallies to support the Constitution and Bill of Rights, starting with the First Amendment:
- free exercise of religion
- freedom of speech
- freedom of the press
- right of peaceable assembly
- right to petition the government with grievances
“We can no longer take our constitutional freedoms for granted, we must stand up now to protect these sacred rights. Come out and show your support for our great state and the Constitution that makes our free society possible,” co-organizer John Klar of Brookfield said.
The first event in the series is scheduled at the ending of Chanukah (a festival honoring the free exercise of religion), the gathering welcomes those of every faith, supporters of free speech and the freedom of the press, freedom of peaceable assembly and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The event will include speaker topics focused on various First Amendment constitutional issues, a whole-crowd rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and more. Attendees (families and children welcome) are encouraged to bring bells, flags (VT, U.S., but please no political flags), and signs supporting constitutional rights.
Additional events are being planned for January and February, details forthcoming.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.