|Creator||League of Women Voters of Dane County (Wis.)|
|Title||League of Women Voters of Dane County Mock Convention materials|
|Dates of Creation||1976.|
|Physical Description||1 folder|
|Language of Material||English|
|Scope & Content||
The League of Women Voters of Dane County, Wisconsin Mock Convention Materials were created to promote and document the mock convention titled "A Bill of Rights for Our Time," which asked participants to evaluate and amend constitutionally-granted rights in light of changing societal beliefs and customs. The League of Women Voters of Dane County sponsored the convention in cooperation with the Dane County Bicentennial Commission, which was funded through the Wisconsin Humanities Committee. The collection materials include a project description, an informational project brochure, a list of convention delegates, a convention schedule, caucus action sheets, posters, and the final project report. The collection also contains related materials on local Bicentennial activities, and several brochures on topical political and social issues during the time, including abortion.
"A Bill of Rights for Our Time" was a mock convention held on October 26, 1976 at the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, as part of Wisconsin's year-long celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial. It was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dane County, and the Dane County Bicentennial Committee. The convention sought to raise awreness of the continued importance of the Bill of Rights in present-day society. The organizers wanted participants to ask themselves what the Bill of Rights means to them, and whether today's world requires a reexamination of the rights guaranteed by this document. The final product of the convention was a "Living Bill of Rights", which incorporated the delegates' collective feelings on the issue.
Delegates to the convention were selected from prominent civic officials and from 23 community organizations. Those who were selected were organized into 5 caucus groups that examined rights related to their own area of concern, and later attended pre-convention workshops in order to prepare more fully. The delegates were asked to submit a 1-2 page paper with the proposed wording of their "right," along with supporting arguments for it. The paper was to serve as the basis of their presentation to the caucus session to the convention.
The caucauses convened the morning of the convention, and delegates debated their proposals. They then prepared final caucus reports for the convention. Each right was presented later in the day where all delegates were allowed to debate. As each right was approved by the majority, the wording was lettered on a scroll, which was later presented to Governon Martin Schreiber at the end of the day. One hour of the convention was broadcast on WHA-TV.
|Archival History||Presented by the League of Women Voters of Dane County, 1976. 1976.016|
|Places2||Dane County (Wis.)|
|Institutions1||League of Women Voters of Dane County (Wis.)|
|Institutions2||Dane County Bicentennial Committee (Wis.)|
|Call Number||ARM 76-11|
|Catalog ID Number||1976.016.0001|