By Grant Remington of Portland, Oregon. Grant is the President Emeritus of Veterans For Peace Chapter 72.
On September 17, 1787, the US Constitution was ratified. From Wikipedia:
Constitution Day is an American federal holiday that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day".
As part of our "Support and Defend the Constitution" actions, Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 has been giving away copies of the pocket edition of the Constitution at all of our events. We started this back in February when the National office initiated the campaign, with some purchased copies.
Last month I talked to one of Senator Wyden's staff and asked if we could get a bundle of them. It didn't hurt that she is a neighbor! She brought me 50 copies which we soon ran out of. I then went to Representative Blumenauer's office during our weekly impeachment stand outside his office and said "Senator Wyden gave us 50 copies of the Pocket Edition, can you beat that?" They gave us 75! I left a message for my neighbor at Wyden's office that we need more copies, she dropped off another 75 that night.
Today (September 17th) I had to go downtown to fix a computer glitch and since I was there I thought I'd visit Senator Smith's office and challenge them for 100, then to Rep. Wu's office for even more.
Wu's office gave me half their stash (about 45), they had just given away over a hundred to the The Northwest Constitutional Rights Center, which has an office in the same building. They take them into schools.
Senator Smith's office, after making me wait in the building lobby, (have to have an appointment don't ya know) gave me ten!
On a side note, in the elevator on the way up to correct the computer glitch, I asked the gentleman who was in the car, "Do you know what day it is?" He replied, "Constitution day." He now has his own pocket edition.
Happy birthday to our "citizen's handbook."
To quote Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles,"Excuse me while I whip this out."