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The Fight Night for the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2011 – Washington, D.C.

And the First Annual

Live National Read-Along of the Bill of Rights







The National Education Project, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Project has two major goals:


Goal 1: The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

The National Education Project is working to create a renewed and vibrant awareness of The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights in the lives of millions of Americans all across the country.

In support of this effort, the National Education Project has three major initiatives underway for 2011:

1. The Fight Night for the Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights – some of the most powerful and majestic words ever written by a free people – celebrates its 220th birthday on December 15, 2011, and, to help mark this great event, The National Education Project, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, is sponsoring a spectacular night of amateur and professional boxing.

In addition, once financial terms have been met, baseball star Jose Canseco has agreed to participate that night in a four-round, two-minutes-per-round charity boxing exhibition with Norman Manasa, Founder and Director of the National Education Project, and former aide to the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the United States:

Jose Canseco: Height: 6’ 4”   Weight: 250lbs   Age (at time of fight): 47

Norman Manasa: Height: 5’ 9”   Weight: 200lbs   Age (at time of fight): 65

Evening Highlight: At 8:30 p.m. EST, December 15, 2011, between the amateur and pro fights, we will have the “First Annual, Live National Read-Along of the Bill of Rights,” broadcast over the Internet to the entire world!

Eight 5th and 6th graders will be in the ring in Washington, D.C., each reading one of the first eight Amendments of the Bill of Rights.

Wondering about the Ninth and Tenth Amendments? Our plan is that these Amendments will be read by astronauts now orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station.

Yes, that’s right, men from space reading the Bill of Rights to the entire world on December 15, 2011!

At the same time, every child in America will be invited to download a FREE copy of the "Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights" (please see below) and read this great document along with our children in the ring in Washington, a magnificent patriotic event that has never happened before in the history of the United States!

We would be most grateful for a donation to help us in this great effort.





2. The Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights

The Founding Fathers knew that if you did not have the Bill of Rights in writing in your hands you could not possibly know your liberties as an American. It has never before been possible, however, to disseminate printed copies of the Bill of Rights to tens of millions of Americans in all 50 states.

The Internet has changed all that, however, and the National Education Project now proudly offers to you, to your family and friends, and to classroom teachers all across America, unlimited free copies of the "Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights."

                                8½" x 11" (2 pages)



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Children sign this document (just as the Founding Fathers did over 200 years ago!), add their school photo, and then post the "Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights" on the family's refrigerator door (hence, the name), where it will stay for many years and help to teach an entire new generation of children their liberties as Americans.

Our goal is both simple and profound: The Bill of Rights on millions of refrigerator doors throughout America, signed by millions of children throughout America.

No one has ever attempted anything like this in the history of the United States, but we are off to a very promising start. Since April 2009, the "Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights" has been downloaded in all 50 States, and also in 58 countries around the world, including:

Antigua and Barbados, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Honduras, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam.

Kindly note that The National Education Project, Inc. is a non-political, non-partisan organization, and that we do not recommend or encourage any particular interpretation of The Constitution of the United States or the Bill of Rights.

We simply offer to one and all free copies of The Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights so that all Americans may have in their homes in full view for all to see one of the most majestic and powerful documents ever created by a free people.

It is in this way that an entire new generation of children will learn their liberties as Americans. And they will also learn that the Bill of Rights, which they, themselves, have now signed, belongs to them.

Which is exactly what the Founding Fathers had intended all along.



3. The 6th annual "National Constitution Day Celebration on the Mall" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, September 11, 2011:

The Constitution of the United States celebrates its 224th birthday in September 2011, and, to help mark this great event, The National Education Project, Inc. is sponsoring the 6th annual "National Constitution Day Celebration on the Mall" in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, September 11, 2011.*

Modeled after the Fourth of July program on the Mall each year, this annual Constitution Day celebration is a non-partisan, non-political patriotic event, which is free and open to all, and devoted solely to a grand public celebration of The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

Please plan to join us at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, to hear a word-for-word, public reading of the entire Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, some of the most powerful and majestic words ever written by a free people.

We are gathering at the foot of the United States Capitol Building on the west side, next to the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Please see the red box on the map below.

You and your family and friends would be most welcome.



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Our Constitution Day program in past years included all of the following activities, and we are planning to have the same basic program for the Constitution Day celebration in Washington D.C., on Sunday, September 11, 2011:

    Fife & drum corps musical prelude; a military Color Guard; the Pledge of Allegiance; The Star Spangled Banner.

  • An elegant and moving swearing-in ceremony for new U.S. citizens sponsored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.


  • A fife and drum corps leading the children on a "Fun Walk" around the Mall.


  • A word-for-word public reading from the main stage of the entire United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


  • Face painting, a juggling clown, a magician, and storytelling for the kids.


  • Plus, free American flags, pocket-size copies of The United States Constitution, commemorative wristbands, and copies of the National Education Project's "Three Constitutions" poster.


  • A concert to end the 2011 Constitution Day celebration, with everyone singing God Bless America, America the Beautiful, and Auld Lang Syne.

For a sample copy of the "Program of Events" for the "National Constitution Day Celebration on the Mall" in Washington D.C., please Click Here.





Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers, reads the Bill of Rights.


To see the video, please Click Here.



 
To see photographs from previous Constitution Day Celebrations
in Washington, D.C., please Click Here.

Preparations for the September 11, 2011, Constitution Day celebration on the Mall are well underway.  In addition to the general public, including Washington-area schoolchildren, we will be inviting most of official Washington to this event, including:

  • Representatives of the executive and judicial branches of the federal government


  • All members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives


  • Service personnel from all branches of the U.S. military


  • All members of the Washington diplomatic community


  • Local government and school officials, as well as their families and staff


  • National and local media will also be invited to attend.

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Invitation To You & Your Family & Friends:

  • We happily extend to you, and your family and friends, a cordial invitation to attend the National Education Project's 6th annual "National Constitution Day Celebration on the Mall" in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, September 11, 2011. You would be most welcome.


  • Until then, we will be revising this page with program updates for the September 11 Constitution Day celebration, so please check back here periodically during 2011.

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Further Information:


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* Kindly note: Constitution Day actually falls on September 17, the day
The Constitution of the United States was signed in 1787.

However, to make it convenient for the largest number of people,
especially children, to attend our celebration on the Mall
each year, the National Education Project will always
hold the event on the Sunday immediately
before September 17.



Goal 2: The National Education Project's National Literacy Program

Regarding the vast problem of illiteracy facing this country, the National Education Project proposes to:

  • Raise reading and math scores across entire cities by providing reliable and effective tutors on a massive scale to elementary school children who must have this help if they are to master the basic literacy skills required for employment in a technological economy;*

  • Establish these tutoring programs on a city-wide scale in city after city all across the country; and

  • Provide tutors on such a massive scale as to create a rebirth of learning throughout America that will rival the Golden Age of Pericles.

    * It goes without saying that Americans who can't read,   can't read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Are the tutors from this Project effective? All of our tutors work under the direct supervision of elementary school classroom teachers, who provide written evaluations of the effectiveness of the tutors at the end of each semester.

Here, for example, is what a 2nd grade public school classroom teacher in Chicago had to say after just one semester of tutoring:

"Bill [the tutor] was a very positive force in both Gregory's and Bernard's school year. He motivated the boys with stories, guided activities, and games. The boys felt very special because they had Bill as their tutor.

"Gregory gained 1 year and 8 months in reading. Bernard gained 1 year and 1 month in math."

Click Here to find out how the National Education Project can produce similar results in elementary schools throughout your city.


 

 

 
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