Constitution Day

Join us for a state-wide celebration of

Constitution Day

Commemorating the 234th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787

Celebrated on Wednesday, September 15, 2021


The whole day is an exploration of our rights under the Constitution; rights that are guaranteed in theory and endangered in practice and therefore need for us to actively assert and defend them: the rights of immigrants, the rights of the criminally accused, and the right to vote in the face of voter suppression.

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Panel Schedule & Speakers

What Are the Constitutional and Human Rights of Unauthorized and Authorized Immigrants in the Past and Present Administrations?

  • Raúl Gutiérrez, Director of Latinx Studies, Holyoke Community College
  • Cindy Salazar, attorney for immigrant rights: pro-bono work at detention centers in Texas, especially with women
  • Jessica Chicco, from a community-based organization working for immigrants’ rights: MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant And Refugee Advocacy). 
  • Moderator: Miren Neyra Alcantara, Holyoke Community College

What are the Effects of the Massachusetts Police Reform Bill on Officers and Citizens?
  • Heidi Getchell-Bastien, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Government, Mass Bay Community College
  • Deputy Chief of Police Sean Riley, Framingham MA
  • Whitney Taylor, MA ACLU Legal Director

Lunch Break

What’s the History of Voting Rights and Voter Suppression, What’s Going on Now and What Can We Do About It?

  • Harvey Wasserman from the Election Protection Coalition
  • Janet Domenitz, Executive Director from MASSPIRG.
  • Stephen Slaner, Northern Essex Community College will moderate
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Last Modified: 9/9/21