Key Moments of the Liberty Bill Project, 2001

JANUARY 3, 2001

Patrick Henry Senior Danny Junod presents the Liberty Bill at the Kiwanis Club dinner.

January 29, 2001

Seven seventh and eight grade Liberty Middle School students present a short version of the Liberty Bill presentation in front of the Virginia House of Delegates Rules Committee in support of House Joint Resolution 679.  The resolution's patrons are Delegate Jay Katzen and Delegate Frank Hargrove.  The resolution memorializes the Congress in support of the Liberty Dollar Bill Act.  Following the presentation, the Rules Committee, chaired by House Speaker Vance Wilkins, unanimously votes in favor of the resolution.

January 31, 2001

Taylor Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico joins the Liberty Bill.

January, 2001

Montpelier, James Madison University Magazine advertises the James Madison 250th Birthday celebration including the Liberty Bill presentation.

January, 2001

Virginia Middle School Association's The Crucial Link includes the entire Liberty Bill presentation in its winter edition, which is mailed to all Virginia middle school teachers.

January/February, 2001

North of the James Magazine has a feature article about the Liberty Bill and the December Presentation made to Congressman Cantor.

February 6, 2001

James Madison University's Student Government Association unanimously votes to support the Liberty Bill and work on its behalf.

March 12, 2001

House Speaker Dennis Hastert appoints Congressman Eric Cantor to serve on the James Madison Commemorative Commission.

March 13, 2001

The Christian Science Monitor features an article about the Liberty Bill.

March 14, 2001

Congressman Eric Cantor introduces the "Liberty Bill Act," H.R.1021, in the 107th Congress.  All eleven members of the House of Representatives from Virginia are cosponsors.  In total, there are 15 cosponsors.

March 14, 2001

The Patrick Henry High School students along with the Liberty Middle School students deliver a Liberty Bill presentation at James Madison University in celebration of James Madison's 250th birthday. (Go to JMU's wesite)

March 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2001

The Liberty Middle School students have a five minute presentation on the Liberty Bill as part of the Ashland Variety Show for four nights, reaching an audience of over 2,000 people.

March 20, 2001

Congressman Cantor's website features the Liberty Bill Act and the Students of LMS.

March 20, 2001

Students from Rhodes Middle School make a Liberty Bill presentation in the Illinois State Capitol Building to members of its House and Senate.

April 10, 2001

Six Patrick Henry students pass out Liberty Bill flyers on the campus of the University of Richmond.

April 11 and 12, 2001

Twenty-four JMU students travel to Washington D.C. for appointments with Congress to speak on behalf of the Liberty Bill.

April, 2001

The design of the Liberty Bill is updated by Brian Lux.

Spring 2001

A friend of Mr. Wright's offers to help place public service ads in major magazines, and Brian Lux and a friend design the first ad.  The first ads appear in a number of different magazines through Virginia, Washington, D.C., and other markets throughout the summer and fall.

May, 2001

Randy Wright is appointed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, on the nomination by Congressman Eric Cantor, to the James Madison Commemoration Commission Advisory Committee.  James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution.

May 31, 2001

Liberty Middle School Students made a presentation before the Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the East Wing of the White House.

Liberty Middle School students made a presentation before the National Press Club.

 Liberty Middle School students made a presentation before staff members of the House Financial Services Committee.

Patrick Henry Senior Danny Junod appeared briefly on the Today Show with Al Roker and spoke about the Liberty Bill.

Early July, 2001

Eleven Students are invited to testify before the House Domestic Monetary Policy, technology, and Economic Growth Subcommittee on behalf of the Liberty Bill.

July 20, 2001

Molly Peterson of the Osgood File interviews the students at one of their practives, as they get ready for the Liberty Bill hearing.

July 24, 2001

Eleven students from Patrick Henry High School and Liberty Middle School, supported by fifteen additional students - four from Festus High School in Missouri, deliver the Liberty Bill presentation as testimony for the bill before the House Domestic Monetary Policy, Technology, and Economic growth Subcommittee on behalf of the Liberty Bill.  They receive applause for their flawless presentation.  The hearing is standing room only and is attended by ABC and CBS news.  Senator George Allen and Congressman Eric Cantor introduce the students.  Senator George Allen announces that he has introduced the Liberty Bill, S. 1225, in the Senate that morning.

That morning at 7:40, the students stand in front of the United States Capitol and are interviewed live via satellite by Bryant Gumbel of the CBS Early Show.

August, 2001

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania links from their website to the Liberty Bill website.

Fall, 2001

Throughout the fall of 2001, students meet each morning before school to address envelopes to each member of Congress, to more than 500 Op/Ed editors of newspapers and to more than 500 disc jockeys of radio statins throughout all fifty states to encourage them to cosponsor, write and talk (respectively) about the Liberty Bill.

October, 2001

Contact is made with a number of NCAA and professional sports teams to have the Liberty Bill students recite the abridged Constitution before a game or at halftime.

October 16, 2001

Josefina Carbonell, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mentioned the Liberty Bill in her speech to the Governor's Conference on Aging.

Mr. Wright, Ms. Moore, and students, Amy Stinnett and Lindsey Buracker speak to the Matoaca Middle School PTA to gain the work and support of Matoaca Middle School.

November 5, 2001

Jim Cox writes an article about the Liberty Bill that is published in newspapers across the country.

November, 2001

New York City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz proposes a resolution of support for the Liberty Bill to the Lame duck New York City council which decides to leave the resolution for the incoming council.

November 19, 2001

George F. Smith writes an article about the Liberty Bill that shows up on a number of internet sites, including The Etherzone.

November 29, 2001

Liberty Middle School students recite the abridged Constitution at halftime of the University of Richmond women's basketball game.  They received a standing ovation.

December 14, 2001

The St. Petersburg Times, Florida's largest newspaper, carries an article about the Liberty Bill to celebrate Bill of Rights Day, December 15th.

 

 

RESULTS OF THE 107TH CONGRESS AS of March 20, 2001

HOUSE (435 members) SENATE (100 members)
Cantor, Sponsor

23 Cosponsors

5% of Total

Allen, Sponsor

1 cosponsor

1% of total

 

RESULTS OF THE 106TH CONGRESS AS of February 15, 2000

HOUSE (435 members) SENATE (100 members)
Bliley, Sponsor

107 Cosponsors

24% of Total

Warner, Sponsor

1 Cosponsor

2% of Total

 

RESULTS OF THE 105TH CONGRESS

HOUSE (435 members) SENATE (100 members)
Bliley Sponsor

59 Cosponsors

12.9% of Total

Warner Sponsor

1 Cosponsor

2% of Total

KNOWN ENDORSEMENTS OR AWARDS

Fleet Reserve Association (May 27, 1998)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (June 2, 1998)

Military Order of the Purple Heart (June 4, 1998)

Richmond Times-Dispatch (May 10, 1998)

Dallas Morning News (May 24)

Topeka Capital-Journal (May 25)

Spirit of America Award (June 1)

 

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