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What Happened to the Bill of Rights in Kalamazoo?

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In front of the Federal Building in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo,
this pedestal had the Bill of Rights posted onto it.  Now they are missing.

How emblematic of where this country is going, given our government's recent wrangle over the debt ceiling (something most Americans never heard of), the undeclared wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, right-wing attacks on unions, immigrants, public schools--not to mention the protection of the richest one percent of Americans at the sacrifice of the other 99 percent..

In 2003 during the beginning of the war with Iraq, a local civil liberties lawyer stood at this monument and pointed out each Amendments that had been dismissed by the Bush administration.  Now, as we prepare to recognize the tenth anniversary of September 11, we seem to have lost all of them. 
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Olga Bonfiglio is a Huffington Post contributor and author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq. She has written for several magazines and newspapers on the subjects of food, social justice and religion. She (more...)
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