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Bill of Rights Celebration 

When: Sat., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $120 and up
Decades of film and TV dramatizations mean we’re usually thinking about The People vs. Larry Flynt when someone mentions the First Amendment, or some cheesy Commie interrogation when someone pleads “The Fifth.” But the first 10 amendments to The Constitution were birthed well before Hustler and McCarthyism — they were the result of serious concerns about what abuses of power might occur if individual rights weren’t spelled out. The Federalists and Anti-Federalists got together in the late 1780s and did something we can’t seem to figure out in today’s Congress: They actually hashed out a list of issues and agreed upon them. Today, such amendments are the reasons Tea Partiers can assemble and dumb-asses can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Of course, it’s also why everyone gets to keep their porn and their mouths shut. Why not get together and celebrate such uniquely American permissions and restraints with the ACLU and real people who fight to preserve these rights? People like former Tennessee State Supreme Court Justice Adolpho Birch, civil liberties defender Marianne Bentley, immigrants’ rights attorney Omar C. Jadwat and Grammy-winning performer Nanci Griffith. Tickets are $120 and up.
— Tracy Moore


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