Celebrate Constitution Day: Tuesday September 17th, 2013

Constitution Day is quickly approaching, but what exactly is it?  Constitution Day is a day commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution which occurred  on September 17, 1787.  Since 2004, Constitution Day has been recognized each September 17th as a national day of observance, one for American citizens to learn about the importance of the Constitution and know their rights.   Find out more about Constitution Day here:

Each year Columbia College Chicago observes Constitution Day, and this year we have exciting activities planned for the College community.  First, the Library will host voter sign-ups at two campus locations. Voter sign up forms, information and goodies will be available at each station, including FREE copies of the US Constitution in both English and Spanish.

Voter sign-up
Tuesday, September 17,  10am – 2pm
624 S. Michigan, Library, 1st Floor  AND 623 S. Wabash, Lobby

In October, we will continue our recognition of Constitution Day by screening the award-winning 2013 documentary, Gideon’s Army, directed by Dawn Porter.   The documentary follows three young public defenders in the South, where sentencing is exceptionally steep and the prison population swollen. The film takes its name from Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark 1963 Supreme Court decision that guarantees the right of legal representation to all criminal defendants.     

Gideon’s Army screening and panel discussion
Thursday, October 24, 6pm
Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash, 8th floor
This program is FREE and open to the public.

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