The following post was written by LWVNJ intern Nakea Barksdale
Today marks the 229th anniversary of the signing of the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers worked to develop a framework for the U.S. government that not only accounted for federal and state interests, but individual human rights as well. Since then, America has grown tremendously and the Constitution has been able to endure 229 years of remarkable change and growth.
What can you do to celebrate?
- Read it. What better way to celebrate Constitution Day than to increase your understanding of it? There are even quizzes online for you to test your knowledge, and if you are already familiar with the Constitution, consider learning more about the Framers or discover the ideas behind the document.
- Spread the word. There are numerous ways in which you can share what you know and learn about it with others around you. Pass out copies of pocket Constitutions. Use social media as your platform and post a blog, or even submit an article to the newspaper. You can also share what you know by participating in discussion panels or forums.
- Celebrate with your community. Your community may be hosting their own celebration for Constitution Day, such as festivals, displays, exhibits, and tours of government documents.
- Get involved. One way to get involved in politics is to attend your local city council and board of supervisor public meetings. Then, you can consider at what level of commitment you want to participate in, whether that means running for council, a board position, or even joining a political organization that represents your views and/or concerns. Consider joining a nonpartisan political organization, such as the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, where you can work with others in your community to help improve our government and public policies.
- And most importantly, REGISTER TO VOTE! Voting matters to the health of the American political system.
Happy Constitution Day!