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November 16, 1999

New Jersey Legislature Declares Bill of Rights Celebration

Great news for citizens of New Jersey ... and of all states!

New Jersey has joined the growing number of state and local governments to declare an annual Bill of Rights Day. In Joint Resolution No. 8 (1998), the stateís Senate and General Assembly officially recognized that the Bill of Rights "guarantees certain fundamental rights and privileges of individuals" and has served as "a worldwide standard" for safeguarding human rights.

The Resolution requires that the Bill of Rights "be a topic of instruction in the schools of New Jersey" and directs the state governor to call upon public and private entities to celebrate "Bill of Rights Day in New Jersey" each year. Other state and local governments have set December 15 as the date, but New Jersey designated November 20 as Bill of Rights Day because on that date in 1789 the state ratified the Bill of Rights.

New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was ratified for final inclusion into the Constitution on December 15, 1791.

Credit goes to the Political Union for the Reform of Government Ethics (PURGE) and the Gun Owners of New Jersey (GONJ) for moving the Bill of Rights Day resolution from idea to reality. Those organizations used JPFO materials as an inspiration and followed through to completion.

PURGE reports that it took a sustained long-term push to get the Bill of Rights Day Resolution through the legislature. Supporters were wary that opponents of the right to keep and bear arms would try to kill the bill.

The good news from New Jersey helps all American by keeping up the momentum. Use this news as a springboard to forward Bill of Rights Day in your schools, clubs, town and state.

If you live in New Jersey, please:

* Contact the following legislators to thank them for their work (over a period of at least 18 months) in sponsoring and advancing the Resolution through the legislature:

Senator Gerald Cardinale
350 Madison Ave.
Cresskill, NJ 07626
Phone: (201) 567-2324
Fax: (201) 567-8514

Assemblywoman Marion Crecco
399 Hoover Avenue
Suite 5
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: (973) 743-7334
Fax: (973) 743-6707

Assemblyman Gerald L. Luongo
901 Route 168
Suite 104
Turnersville, NJ 08012
Phone: (609) 374-7550
Fax: (609) 374-7553

* Gently remind your local schools of their obligation to make the Bill of Rights a "topic of instruction" for all of their classes.

* Order and distribute copies of JPFOís comic-style educational booklet entitled "Itís Common Sense to Use Your Bill of Rights ... or Lose Them" to members of clubs and organizations (perfect for scouts).

* Read aloud and discuss the Bill of Rights with a youngster in your family.

* Contact and thank the Political Union for the Reform of Governmental Ethics (PURGE) and GunOwners of NJ (GONJ) for spearheading the effort to introduce and win passage of the Bill of Rights Day Resolution.

Gun Owners of New Jersey
P.O. Box 552
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
E-mail: NJGunsRus@aol.com
http://www.users.nac.net/thelaw/gonj/gonj.htm - (sorry -link appears to have expired. )

Political Union for the Reform of Government Ethics (PURGE)
P.O. Box 548
Summit, NJ 07902-0548
E-mail: PoliticalUnion@aol.com

If you live outside New Jersey, please

* Inform your friends and family who live in New Jersey about their Bill of Rights Day ... Itís the law!

* Use this opportunity to headline a letter to a local government, civic group or newspaper: "New Jersey has just joined California, South Dakota, Virginia, Florida .... in officially proclaiming a Bill of Rights Day resolution. It is time that our town/state joined the group ..."

* Announce the news about New Jersey to your local band of freedom-lovers -- everybody needs an encouraging word now and again.

* Click on http://www.jpfo.org/bord.htm to learn more about Bill of Rights Day and get more ideas and materials for your own BORD.

The Liberty Crew at JPFO



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