The Fourth of July is not only a celebration of American history and our shared values, but also marks 2014’s halfway point. And this most recent Independence Day was a great reminder that there is nothing more American than regular citizens working to hold the government accountable.
Our Declaration of Independence states that governments “deriv[e] their just powers from the consent of the governed,” a revolutionary idea echoed in the very first words of the Constitution: “We the People…” The right to “a speedy and public trial” is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, meanwhile, while Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address declares a “government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people.”
That’s why Court Watch NOLA is taking this opportunity to thank our citizen volunteers for their work. Halfway through 2014, over 60 CWN volunteers have observed 492 mornings of court in 2014 alone, for an average of approximately 47 volunteer hours worked every week. Over two hundred years since our nation’s birth, Americans of every stripe are still working to keep their government accountable.
As you can see, it’s been a great first half of the year for CWN, and with your help the rest of the year can be even better. So please consider making a secure, tax-deductible contribution using the PayPal tool on the right. Also be sure to follow Court Watch NOLA on Facebook for regular court updates. And thank you as always for your friendship and support!
Read the entire Court Watch NOLA Summer Newsletter.