Constitution Week 2014 Activities:

Twitter #UAFSConstitutionWeek to leave your favorite Amendment!

Table in Campus Center 11:00 to 1 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 17 for Voter Registration and leaving comments!

Special event!

Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. in the Reynolds Room: watch new American Citizens become naturalized!  Open to the public!


From the national American Democracy Project:

Thank you for participating last month’s Inequality for All College Night Event. Are you ready to go beyond outrage and stand up to widening income inequality? Watch former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explain how you can make a difference in this Webcast video: http://bit.ly/1nkCaNt  (you may need to use Internet Explorer to watch this).

For those who agree with the position advocated in the video:

In response to the excellent questions we received from the audience and inspiring comments sent through email, video, and Twitter, Robert Reich created a petition on MoveOn.org to call for Washington to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. We’ve received over 20,000 signatures in just a few days, but need YOUR help to reach our goal of 25,000.

Ask your students and college campus community to take action and sign Robert Reich’s petition today: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/raise-the-minimum-wage-44/

For those who do not agree, you have the right to contact your elected representatives with your thoughts as well.

Robert Reich’s Inequality For All to be shown on UAFS campus.

The American Democracy Project and the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, will present Robert Reich’s documentary, Inequality For All, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 4 PM in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center (Reynolds Room).  This event is open and free to the public. This film is an award-winning Sundance Film Festival selection addressing the economic gap between the rich and everyone else.

The event will simultaneously take place on campuses all over the nation. Following the presentation, Robert Reich will take part in a national webcast, soliciting questions from students and other viewers.

The showing of Inequality For All is in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Reich served in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Labor. He is a noted economist, author, and educator. His film and presentation are meant to raise awareness about the economic inequality in America.  Reich hopes to “afford our students a chance to come together for dialogue and deliberation on the subject,” states Jennifer Domagal-Goldman National Manager for AASCU.

Crystal_c_mercerCrystal C. Mercer of Little Rock, daughter of legendary civil rights lawyer Christopher C. Mercer Jr., will give a dramatic performance Jan. 23 as part of “Unsung Heroes: Celebrating Freedom in the Visual and Performing Arts” at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

The 10 a.m. presentation will be held in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. The event will also include a student-led panel speaking on “Finding Your Voice in the Arts” and the presentation of the Unsung Hero Award given by the American Democracy Project at UAFS.

Mercer is a freelance performance artist and sole proprietor of Columbus Creative and The Social Soapbox. She is also the company and production manager of The Unified Artists Movement, a non-profit theatre company.

Her past credits include a number of plays and musicals in Arkansas, off-Broadway in New York and internationally in England.

Mercer will perform “One Ninth,” a play by Spirit Trickey, who is the daughter of one of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown. The story is told through the eyes of Brown as she and eight other students faced the perils of integration at Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Mercer uses theatre arts as a tool for empowerment, education and social justice. She said she honors the legacy of her father by “fusing arts and activism.”

Dr. Amy Jordan of Fort Smith, campus coordinator for the American Democracy Project, said the Jan. 23 activities honor the spirit and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Jordan said she is pleased to bring Mercer to Fort Smith and believes Mercer’s presentation, the announcement of the Unsung Hero Award and the discussion by the student panel will give thought-provoking insight to those attending the public event.

“Crystal Mercer is incredible, and she brings the spirit of Dr. King to her work,” said Jordan. “We hope many of our students and many community members will take advantage of this opportunity to hear her and to share in the other activities on Jan. 23.”

The American Democracy Project is a national initiative to foster responsible citizenship at all levels. For more information, contact Jordan at amy.jordan@uafs.edu or 479-788-7295.

Additional events honoring the late Dr. King are planned for Jan. 11-20. For more information, go to http://uafs.edu/News/news?storyid=3880.

The Unsung Heroes nominations are now open!

Here’s the form: http://uafs.edu/adp/unsung-hero-award

The UAFS American Democracy Project invites any member of the community (university, city or area) to nominate a potential Unsung Hero.  This year we honor artists and supporters of the visual or performing (including music, drama, dance, etc.) arts.

Please be specific about the details and activities of the nominee.

There is NO age limit for receiving this award, and the nominee does not have to be affiliated with UAFS.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of ADP Committee members and university staff.

Awards will be presented on January 23, Thursday, on campus.  More details later!


All the details to submit are on the form.

[updated 2013.11.6]

leagueofwomenvoters_logoMr. Larry Jones, UAFS History and American National Government professor, will be the guest presenter for the League of Women Voters of Fort Smith Monday, October 14 at Noon at the Golden Corral.  His topic will be Voter’s Rights in America.

Mr. Jones will give a brief history of who has been eligible to vote in America and how voting rights have evolved since our nation’s inception.  He will discuss what the Supreme Court recently did to the 1965 Voting Rights Act and what the new Voter Identification Law in Arkansas and across America will mean when we next go to vote.

Mr. Jones formerly taught Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors US History and Advanced Placement National Government and Politics at Northside High School for 34 years.  He coached the Academic Quiz Bowl Team achieving 17 Arkansas state championships, eight top ten national ratings, and 2 national championships.


ADP Constitution Week 2013

 “The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner’s manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world’s most unruly, passionate and energetic people safe, prosperous and free.”
 ~ P. J. O’Rourke  US humorist & political commentator (1947 – )

Monday- 16 September: Open Mike at The Fireplace from 11:30-1:00

Tell everyone: What Does Democracy Mean to You?

Also: Voter Registration Drive

Tuesday-17 September: Constitution Day from 11:30-1:00

Hot Dogs and Apple Pie at the Tower

Also: Voter Registration Drive

Wednesday-18 September:  Quiz Bowl at The Fireplace from 11:30-1:00

Open to Students, Faculty and Staff

Thursday- 19 September: Quiz Bowl at The Fireplace from 11:30-1:00

Open to Students, Faculty and Staff

Friday- 20 September: Voter Registration at The Fireplace from 11-12:00

AND: All Week: Opinion Tables throughout the campus.  Look for these and give your opinion on the topic!



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