This afternoon Life in 10 Minutes sat down to talk with Henry Haggard, the host and organizer of Constitution Day, an ACLU sponsored event happening this Sunday, September 17 from 1-4 at Richmond Young Writers, 2707 West Cary Street.
L10: Tell me a little about yourself, kind sir.
HH: I'm 12, I want to be a lawyer for the ACLU and you already know this because you're my mom.
L10: I see. Very interesting. And how has your mother been a positive influence on your life so far?
HH: You're kind of putting me on the spot here.
L10: OK, fine. Who are your biggest role models?
HH: Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. Martin Luther King, Jr. And my mom, if cookies are involved.
L10: Nice. So why are you planning Constitution Day instead of watching Minecraft videos?
HH: Because Write for Your Rights was a huge success and Minecraft is overrated.
L10: Tell us a little about Write for Your Rights.
HH: It was a letter writing event just like Constitution Day. About 40 people attended and I gave a speech. Almost $200 was raised all benefiting the ACLU of VA, not including online donations made in my name. Also, 83 letters were written and mailed.
L10: What can I do at Constitution Day that I can't do at home?
HH: You can meet the Director of Communications of the ACLU of VA and people who support equal rights just as much as you do. And also, free snacks! Oh, and participate in a raffle!
L10: Why is the Constitution so important to you when you are only 12 and can't vote, drink, drive, serve in the army, rent a car or have your own Facebook account?
HH: Because it's been violated so much and not enough people seem to care about it.
L10: Why aren't you sitting around waiting for adults to solve all these problems?
HH: Because they haven't yet.
L10: Why should people come out to Constitution Day on a perfectly good Sunday afternoon when they could be watching Netflix on the couch?
HH: Well, both options are good but only one will help preserve our Constitutional rights.
L10: Anything else you would like to add?
HH: Before I got kicked off of Facebook, I created an ACLU People Power Facebook page but I still use my mother's account to keep everyone updated. Also, please sign and share the petition I created to pass the Community Control Over Surveillance Law in Henrico County. Basically, this will keep police accountable and transparent and stop the illegal monitoring of your phone calls (which disrupt cell phone signals even if it's a call to 911), your texts, emails, your location, and even X-rays on your car and body taken without your knowledge causing higher risk of cancer. All of these things target minorities and immigrants specifically. Again, please sign and share. It will make a huge difference!
SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW AFTERNOON!