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THE BILL OF RIGHTS
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
2. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
3. No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
4. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
5. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
6. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
7. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
8. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
9. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
10. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Human Rights Forum Sponsored by the U.S. Committee for Labor and Human Rights in the Philippines, this program includes the signing of a "demand statement" to be sent to the Philippine president and a tribute to victims of assassination at the hands of the country's military regime. The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave. S., RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 14.
Bill of Rights Day University of Puget Sound professor emeritus LeRoy Annis joins folk group Rebel Voices and performance artist Luke Smiraldo for a celebration of our constitutional freedoms, including a recitation of the Bill of Rights, which was drafted by then-U.S. Rep. James Madison and became law on this date in 1791. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-272-9747. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.
Clay Jenkinson A rock star among humanities scholars, he'll portray Teddy Roosevelt at Town Hall. Sponsored by Seattle Public Library. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.
Social Justice Forum Daybreak Star Cultural Center hosts a discussion about the discrimination faced by Native Americans in and around Seattle; Craig Bill, head of the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, is scheduled. 3801 W. Government Way, 206-285-4425. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.
Timothy Egan Expect the author of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (reviewed in this issue) to field audience questions about the similarities between that disaster and Hurricane Katrina. Elliott Bay Books, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.
Disability Forum The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center hosts a discussion of "The Politics, Tricks, and Skills of Disability," open to the public. 1625 19th Ave., 206-322-4856 ext. 102. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16.
Lila Rajiva The correspondent for the online magazine Dissident Voice examines how media have covered torture in The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media. Elliott Bay Books, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. Free. 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16.
Film ScreeningOutfoxed director Robert Greenwald's documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price assesses the retail giant's economic and cultural impact. The screening is a benefit for Socialist Alternative; a discussion is likely to follow. UW Savery Hall (Room 239), 206-293-8389. $5-$10 (suggested; no one turned away). 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16.
Lockheed Blackbird The Museum of Flight comes to the rescue of stir-crazy families who need a field trip between holidays with "tip-to-tail" tours of the legendary spyplane, which to this day is the fastest piloted jet in the world. Boeing Field, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720, www.museumofflight.org. $7.50-$14 (children 4 and under free). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mon., Dec. 26-Sat., Dec. 31.