The League of Women Voters of Larimer County announced that Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day, marking the 218th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. “We want to celebrate the Bill of Rights, a living reminder of our fundamental civil and human rights such as the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and religion; protections against unreasonable searches; and the right to counsel and a jury trial,” announced Mary G. Wilson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States.
The protection of the individual liberties laid out in the Bill of Rights has been central to the League’s work throughout its history. During World War II, the League worked to balance the preservation of civil liberties with the importance of national security. During the Communist “witch hunt” period of the early 1950s, the League conducted a community education program known as the Freedom Agenda, providing Americans with the opportunity to discuss and learn about the Bill of Rights. More recently, the League urged lawmakers to protect civil liberties, promoted an independent judiciary, and sponsored numerous education projects aimed at informing citizens of their rights.
The Bill of Rights is not only an important part of our nation’s history, but also a living document that will guide us into the future. The League invites interested citizens to join us in our grassroots efforts to make democracy work. For information visit www.lwv-larimercounty.org or call (970) 416-5873.