Statement of Attorney General Phil Weiser on Constitution Day
Sept. 17, 2021 (DENVER) — Attorney General Phil Weiser today released the following statement regarding Constitution Day and his office’s work on behalf of the people of Colorado:
“Today we celebrate Constitution Day and the establishment of our founding document and its ambition to ‘form a more perfect union, establish Justice’ and secure ‘the Blessings of liberty.’ Along with educators and volunteers across Colorado, I had the pleasure to join a classroom at South High School this morning to lead an interactive lesson that raises complex and important questions about our Constitution and how it applies in our times.
“Our work on Constitution Day reflects our continued commitment to perfecting our union and advancing the project of just governance on behalf of the people of Colorado. The meaningful conversations held on Constitution Day model the commitment to proactive dialogue, listening, and collaborative problem solving necessary for collaborative government.
“This is the type of work our office aims to advance through the Ginsburg/Scalia Initiative. The Ginsburg/Scalia Initiative, named in honor of the collaborative relationship between late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, celebrates respectful engagement and emphasizes that our constitutional tradition calls on each generation to serve as stewards of democracy and rule of law. At a time when there is decreasing trust, increasing polarization, and rising misinformation, our commitment to this tradition is more important than ever.
“In the spirit of the friendship between Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, one that transcended politics and provided an example for how Americans can work toward a more perfect union, today I am proud to announce that as part of our Ginsburg-Scalia Initiative, we will be hosting a unify challenge for Colorado. In partnership with Unify America and America Talks, this program will engage Coloradans from a wide diversity of perspectives, geographies and backgrounds and provide a chance for participants to bust out of their ‘bubbles,’ come together to have authentic, meaningful conversations and brainstorm solutions to some of our state’s biggest challenges. These conversations—and what we learn from them—will provide opportunities for the connection we all need and that our system requires—allowing us all to work better together to achieve a more civil and stronger society. We will provide more details about opportunities for involvement soon.”