By Rebecca Martin
Our first community educational forum “On Constitutional Law” was a huge success. At capacity, citizens took in a three-hour discussion on Constitutional Law as it pertains to the Trump Administration’s initiatives for his (their) first 100 days in office.
You can view the video HERE, or by clicking on the image above. We have done general markings to make it easier for the public to follow along (see below).
Because of the storm the day before our event, the Rondout in Kingston had lost its power for most of the afternoon making it impossible to stream. We will be streaming however next month, and for all the remaining educational panels throughout the 2017 season.
Please VIEW our schedule.
We hope that this series inspires citizens in our region to place more energy in connecting to neighbors and their communities. To become more knowledgeable and less afraid. To emphasize due process and to come to know how to access (and interpret) the laws that are in place to protect us.
Special thanks to Dr. Lynn Eckert for her generosity in sharing her knowledge as our guest panelist; Peter and Julie at Church des Artists for their space, kindness, and for making this video; and, to all of our KingstonCitizens.org volunteers for their assistance.
00:00 – 5:48
Introductions – Rebecca Martin, KingstonCitizens.org
05:49 – END
Dr. Lynn Eckert: On Constitutional Law: Looking at Articles 1, 2 and 3. Also, 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments.
Starts at 45:33
“Article 1, section 9. How do we handle a president who has hotels, businesses, financial influence?”
Starts at 50:03
“Is there anything in the constitution that prevents a president from making money by being president?”
Starts at 51:36
“What is the difference between the Constitution and a law?”
Starts at 52:16
“What is the Federal conflict of interest law?”
Starts at 53:00
Why Trump is going after the press.
Starts at 56:56
“What would be the optimal way to go to speak to Faso?”
Starts at 58:07
“Does Congress have an obligation to meet with constituents, and if they don’t, can they via the law?”
Starts at 1:03:00
How can we bring this all back to us in New York State?
KC.org Trump Document – Follow Along!
Starts at 1:20:28
“Do judges need to be lawyers?
Starts at 1:25:50
“What’s to stop Trump from appointing Bannon, or some random person with extreme views as a federal judge?”
Starts at 1:26;18
“Explain the “alternative” understanding?”
Starts at 1:28:46
“How can constituents be involved in the redistricting process?”
Starts at 1:37:38
“Can you speak to Ballot initiatives?”
Starts at 1:43:26
“Resistance strategies of impeachment and changing electoral college?”
Starts at 1:44:02
“What about Conflicts-of-Interest?”
Starts at 1:48:40
“If Trump is impeached, what happens to Bannon?”
Starts at 1:51:12
“Is there a class action citizen suit that can be brought against Trump for ‘harassment’?”
Starts at 2;01:35
Corporations as people.
Starts at 2:15:56
“Can we begin to have ‘moral’ conversations with our elected officials?”
Starts at 20:20:30
“When is it appropriate for civil disobedience?”
Starts at 2:23:50
“Discussion on International issues? How do we approach this?”
Starts at 2:31:34
“Further ways to regulate/muzzle corporate behavior?”