VOTE EARLY! On Election Day, Before November 4, 2008.
The Freedom Museum encouraged all teachers to cast an early vote for their favorite U.S. presidential candidate, John McCain or Barack Obama, at the 3rd Annual Teacher Resource Fair, sponsored by the McCormick Tribune Foundation—last Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Teachers celebrated constitutional rights guaranteeing the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and the press, freedom of religion, as well as rights of assembly and petition featured in the Bill of Rights, since September 25, 1789. The Freedom Museum is located next to the Tribune Tower, across the Wrigley Building, along the Magnificent Mile at 445 North Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, Telephone 312/222-3026.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation established the Freedom Museum to promote constitutional issues addressed by the media and the community in a public forum, to be discussed in a place, time, and date.

The 2008 Teacher Resource Fair provided educators with American History, lesson plan units, readings, textbooks, interactive events, supplies, and activities, to teach students about inherent freedom and rights presented in the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and the Amendments ratified over the years, since the first amendments were proposed on September 25, 1789 and ratified on December 15, 1791.

During the Presidential Election Campaign year, the Freedom Museum invited CLTV and Carlos Hernandez Gomez, Chicagoland TV Political Reporter, to discuss current political candidates, John McCain with Sarah Palin for the Republicans, and Barack Obama with Joe Biden for the Democrats, including all global and local issues involved in the 2008 Presidential race. CLTV coverage for the keynote speaker introduced and closed the sessions to encourage political interest involving the teachers and the students at the schools.

Political analyst Shawn Healy, resident scholar at the Freedom Museum, continued “Analyzing Press Coverage for the Candidates” while covering the 2008 Presidential Campaign Trail with photos, visuals, and statistical analysis featuring the Sarah Palin Phenomenon Driving Campaign Media Coverage during September 1-7, 2008. Polling became the focus of discussion based on the internet website http://www.pollster.com data results for John McCain versus Barack Obama poll positions for national aggregate polls and swing state votes for the Electoral College in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, and Virginia. Exit polls position provided demographics information. The media effect in the 1960 Election with John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon is recurrent in the 21st century, during the 2008 Presidential campaign between John McCain and Barack Obama, followed by VP candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

This year, the McCormick Freedom Museum invites you to participate in the StudentVote2008, a Classroom/School-Wide Project for teachers and middle/high school students in the simulated general election. StudentVote2008 at the Freedom Museum encourages underage voting online via the internet at http://www.freedommuseum.us/StudentVote2008. This classroom/school-wide project for StudentVote2008 allows middle and high school students freedom to Voice their Choice for the presidential election. On November 4, 2008, student participants can vote simultaneously in classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias, nationwide.

At the 2008 Teacher Resource Fair, all teachers and guests received a voting chip to cast their choice for presidential candidate, on the first floor. The Freedom Museum is displaying a Special Exhibit—VOTE4ME: Inside a Presidential Election through November 9, 2008.

All participants received complimentary booklet copies of the U.S. Constitution published by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, under the title of Blueprint for Freedom. What Will You Build? The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It. Supplemented with text by Terry L. Jordan. Copyright©2006 by Oak Hill Publishing Company. McCormick Tribune Museum edition. First Printing.

Exhibitors representing freedom and the rights in the First Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution participated in the 3rd Annual Teacher Resource Fair. Among the guest exhibits on the first floor, included the following: the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois; the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Affairs; Beyondmedia Education; the Chicago History Museum; the Chicago Tribune News in Education; the Cook County Clerk’s Office; Facing History and Ourselves; the McCormick Freedom Museum; the Mikva Challenge; Open Youth Networks; Pritzker Military Library; Street Level Youth Media; WTTW11/Independent Lens Television Service. Additional exhibitors were invited to the second level, featuring the American Bar Association Division of Public Education, who also provided complimentary booklet copies of the U.S. Constitution; the Chicago Metro History Education Center; the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago; DuSable Museum of African American History; Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; Illinois Holocaust Museum; Illinois Resource Center; U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute; We the People Civic Education; Young Chicago Authors; the Illinois Humanities Council Capitol Forum; and Wheaton North High School League of Voters.

Independent Lens for Public Television (ITVS), http://www.itvs.org, WTTW11, http://www.pbs.org are promoting to VOTE DEMOCRACY! In 2008 for the Presidential Election, in a public effort to involve everyone, including young Americans and new registered voters in the democratic voting process. ITVS is leading to reach out during the 2008 election campaign and teach the community how to become active in the presidential election process through seminars, voter registration events, online discussions and public film screenings of Independent Lens movies. For additional information on how to VOTE DEMOCRACY!, visit http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/votedemocracy
You can also Vote Early! On October 13-20, 2008, before November 4, 2008 on Election Day. Register to vote by October 7, 2008. Visit the website, http://www.voterinfonet.com. Also, read and become informed as a voter about political issues supported by presidential candidates when you visit http://www.myelectiondecision.org and rate your core issues in 2008.
The Freedom Museum invites you to participate actively in the exercise of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the press, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and the right to petition. Self-guided visitors can explore visuals, multimedia, mobile sculptures, wander through interactive exhibits, and debate constitutional issues through historic and contemporary displays. You can also write a brochure on “My Bill of Rights” with “equal justice under the law”, created at the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum. Computer on-line activities discussing the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights, allow a visitor to select freedoms guaranteed by law and print or email a personalized Bill of Rights. A parchment print of Gardenia C. Hung’s My Bill of Rights created at the Freedom Museum reads:
1. To be compensated for private property taken for public use.
2. To receive equal protection of the laws.
3. To not be subjected to excessive fines or bail.
4. To have a speedy and public trial.
5. To assemble peacefully in public.
6. To have access to a free press.
7. To be free to own property.
8. To be notified of court proceedings as a victim of crime.
9. To not be discriminated against because of race or sex in employment or property transactions.
10. To not be subjected to arbitrary detention or exile.

Visit the McCormick Freedom Museum, located at 445 North Michigan Avenue, next to the Tribune Tower, across the Wrigley Building, along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Call for Group Reservations, Telephone 312/222-3026.

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.'s VisualCV

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