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The Constitution is Alive in Madison Heights

By Summer Anne Forman, Mrs. Bontomassi, 4th hour

Summer Forman

on 18 December 2012

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Summer Anne Forman Mrs. Bontomasi, 4th hour The Constitution is Alive In Madison Heights! First Amendment Freedom of Speech November 3, 2012
Madison Heights Chamber of Commerce
939 12 mile road First Amendment Freedom of Religion November 3, 2012
Korean First Central United Methodist Church
500 West Gardenia Avenue First Amendment Freedom of Religion November 3, 2012
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
28100 Hecht Drive First Amendment Freedom of Religion November 3, 2012
Gospel Life Community Baptist Church
1042 E 12 Mile Road First Amendment Freedom of Press November 3, 2012
Madison Beverage
28905 Diesing Drive Amendment Sixteen November 27, 2012
1604 Cynthia Avenue How Lucky Are We to Be in Possession of These Rights!? A Synopsis of My Constitution Project The first amendment not only allows us to express ourselves freely, but it also gives us the privilege to worship, assemble, and petition the government at our own caprice. What if we weren't given these rights? The government would be choosing what it is we are and are not permitted to believe in. We wouldn't be allowed to express our thoughts or our feelings freely. We wouldn't even be able to congregate. Think about it; a simple birthday party could be accused of being a crime. Our opinions about the way that the government is run would not be accepted. There is no way that we would be able to voice our opinions. A letter to the government would be completely intolerable. The churches that I found prove that all religions are welcome and free to worship within the city. News stands and political signs show that freedom of the press and freedom of speech are also acceptable in Madison Heights. The second amendment protects an American individual’s right to own a firearm. This law allows us not only to protect our country in a military sense, but it also gives police officials, as well as citizens the protection they need against crime and invasion. In addition, the second amendment is a friend to hunters, presenting them with the rights that they need to own an important component in their sport. Guns were visible and obviously for sale in the Dunham's that I visited. Looking at the forms posted on the counter I found that it was legal to purchase a firearm if one was in possession of a gun permit. This proves that the second amendment is alive within the city Amendment Four Protection of the People Against Illegal Search and Seizure December 3, 2012
District Court 43
200 W 13 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071 Amendment four gives the American People protection against unlawful searches and seizures. A warrant is required for any official to look through a citizen’s belongings without their permission. Although there are situations in which a warrant is not needed (i.e. objects in plain view, in a motor vehicle, located inside a public school or prison cell) all other searches or seizures require a valid explanation for the search, protecting Americans from violation.
Warrants are able to be found at the Madison Heights Police station, as well as the courthouse. One must fill out and submit one of these permits to be able to search someone's belongings. Finding a warrant in these official buildings proves that amendment four is alive in Madison Heights. Amendment Thirteen Slavery is Illegal Residents of Madison Heights

Racial Makeup
White: 27,866
African American: 567
American Indian and Alaska Native: 138
Asian American: 1,547
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 85
Other Race: 142
Hispanic or Latino: 502 Madison Heights Website
December 3, 2012 http://www.madison-heights.org/residents/demographics.jsp Click on it! Slavery was abolished with the thirteenth amendment. No person of any race, religion or gender can legally be held as a slave or confined forcibly in any way. Everyone, no matter their skin color is treated equally, and is provided with all of the rights included with being an American citizen.
Upon visiting the Madison Heights web page, I found the percentages of the various races of city residents. If non-white occupants of the Madison Heights area were confined as slaves, then they would not be considered citizens. This proves that the thirteenth amendment is indeed alive within the city. Amendment Six Citizen's Right to a Speedy Trial in Their Own State December 6, 2012
District Court 43
200 W 13 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
December 4, 2012 Amendment Two Right to Bear Arms Dunham's Sporting Goods Store
32101 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071
December 4, 2012 Amendment Twenty-One Legalization of Ingestion, Possession, Sale and Purchase of Alcohol Susie's Party Shoppe
28244 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
December 4, 2012 **Repealed the Eighteenth Amendment** Amendment Seven Trial By Jury December 6, 2012
Jury Box
District Court 43
200 W 13 Mile Road Amendment Nineteen Women's Suffrage December 12, 2012
Voter's Registration Card
1604 Cynthia Avenue Amendment Six gave Americans the right to a speedy trial. This offers legal protection to those accused of committing a crime. In addition, under this amendment, it is required that the defendant knows what they are being accused of. Without this law in place, it would be possible for fraudulent accusations to arise against innocent citizens. A courthouse can be located within the city limits. This is where all cases are held, and therefore, the sixth amendment is practiced. The seventh amendment gives us the right to a trial by jury. Provided this right, a group of peers must be in attendance of a trial in order to help decide whether the defendant is innocent or guilty of a crime. This country was founded by the people, for the people, and this amendment helps the citizens of America to maintain their power in the court. Without this amendment, there would be nothing to stop judges from solely making court decisions; specifically corrupted ones. Visiting the Courthouse, I found a jury box to be located within the courtroom. This is where the jury is housed during a trial, proving that the seventh amendment is frequently used within the Madison Heights court system. Amendment twenty-one allows Americans to possess, sell, and consume alcohol. Repealing the eighteenth amendment, it is no longer acceptable for arrests to be made on account of the possession of alcoholic beverages. There are many bars, liquor and party stores throughout Madison Heights. Each allows you to purchase alcohol with the proper I.D. This is proof that the twenty-first amendment occurs within the city. The nineteenth amendment gave women the right to vote. It had been previously believed that women were incompetent, and therefore did not have the intellect it took to cast a vote. After a long fight to gain suffrage, women finally won the right to vote in the 1920's. This amendment gives women a say in government, and led to the permission of women to serve in government positions. My mother is a citizen of Madison Heights, and voted in this past election. Her voter's card is proof that Madison Heights is accepting of the nineteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment prevents the government from passing any laws that could infringe or abridge the privileges of the citizens of America. This amendment also protects Americans from any infringement upon their life, liberty, or property without due process of law. It is illegal for any citizen to be denied equal protection under the law.
Given the fact that I was born in the United States of America, a birth certificate saying so gives me access to the fourteenth amendment. I live within Madison Heights, proving that this amendment is applicable within the city. Citizens age eighteen and up are permitted to vote under the twenty-sixth amendment. Prior to the passing of this amendment, one was required to be eighteen in order to fight in the armed forces. The government decided that if someone was old enough to defend their country, then they should be able to have a say in what is happening in their country. This amendment gives the younger portion of America the right to voice their opinions. Without this amendment, younger Americans would not be heard by the government. Visiting the Madison Heights web site gave me proof that amendment twenty-six is alive in Madison Heights. Voter restrictions are posted for the city, and upon reading the list, I found a statement proclaiming that one must be eighteen years of age or older to vote; an example of the twenty-sixth amendment. Amendment Twenty-six Citizens Eighteen And Older Can Vote Voter Registration Qualifications:

- Citizen of the United states
- At least 18 years of age by Election Day
- Resident of Michigan and the City where you are applying to register to vote for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
- Not confined in jail after being convicted and sentenced. http://www.madison-heights.org/departments/city_clerk/election_information.jsp Click on it! Madison Heights Website
December 16, 2012 Amendment Fourteen Permission of Government
Inflicted Income Tax American Citizen's Right to Life, Liberty, and Property December 17, 2012
Birth Certificate
1604 Cynthia Avenue The End
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