<!-- text used in the movie--><!--FEBRUARY 7­28, 2004The Proposition gallery559 West 22nd Street NYCA celebration and benefit exhibition for the New York Bill of Rights Defense CampaignThe NYBORDC is a grass roots non-partisan project of the NYCLU“They that can give up essentialliberty to obtain a little temporary safety,deserve neither liberty nor safety.”—Benjamin FranklinUnity, Robert Rauschenberg, 2000, 49.5"x29", Pigmented inkjet print ©Robert Rauschenberg/Licenced by VAGA, New York NYOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITION FORUM ARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATE CONTACTOur GoalSince 9/11, the Bush administration has pushed for numerous new laws, most notably the USA PATRIOT Act, that infringe on basic liberties, especially personal privacy and the freedoms of speech, association and religion.The Open Proposition Committee, formed by artists in partnership with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), is bringing together the arts community in support of the core American values outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. A benefit exhibition, “Open Proposition: Artists for The Bill of Rights” will take place from February 7 ­ 28 in New York.The goal of this exhibition is to increase awareness and raise the profile of the premier organization dedicated to restoring and protecting our civil liberties — The New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign (NYBORDC).OPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRights1 | 2 | 3| 4| 5Media outreachThe Open Proposition Committee is committed to spreading the news of this exhibition and reaching a cross section of concerned Americans. The exhibition will be promoted through:• panel discussion, “Open Proposition: A Forum on Civil Liberties and the Arts” media interviews, ads and announcements (view March ELLE magazine ad)external and internal newsletters of the NYCLU and NYBORDCwebsites of the NYCLU and NYBORDCdistribution of information at art, fashion and political events leading up to the exhibitionbroadcast emails, faxes and mailingsOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsThe USA PATRIOT ActJust 45 days after the September 11 attacks, with virtually no debate, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act. Many parts of this sweeping legislation take away checks on law enforcement and threaten the very rights and freedoms which are essential to our country. For example, without a warrant and without probable cause, the FBI now has the power to access your most private medical records, your library records, and your student records... and can prevent anyone from telling you it was done. The Department of Justice is expected to introduce a sequel, dubbed PATRIOT II, that would further erode key freedoms and liberties of every American.One of the most significant provisions of the PATRIOT Act makes it far easier for the authorities to gain access to records of citizens’ activities being held by a third party. Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the FBI to force anyone at all — including doctors, libraries, bookstores,universities, and Internet service providers — to turn over records on their clients or customers.The NYCLU and NYBORDC and many allies on the left and right believe that before giving law enforcement new powers, Congress must first re-examine provisions of the first PATRIOT Act to ensure that is in alignment with key constitutional protections.OPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRights1 | 2 | 3 | 4| 5A Nation Speaks: Protecting our Bill of RightsA selection of bi-partisan views:“I want to challenge the Bush administration’s implicit assumption that we have to give up many of our traditional freedoms in order to be safe from terrorists. It is simply not true.”—Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President“I told the President I thought his Justice Department was out of control… Are we going to save ourselves from international terrorism in order to deny the fundamental liberties we protect to ourselves?… It doesn’t make sense to me.”—Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), House Majority Leader and Chair of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security“I, along with 98 other United States Senators, supported the passage of the Patriot Act. Never did I expect it to be implemented the way it has. Mr. Ashcroft has chosen to destroy our civil liberties under the premise of personal security and safety; the true spirit in which the law was written.”  —Bob Graham, U.S. Senate (D-FL)“The Bush administration argues convincingly that roving wiretaps, reading people's e-mail, putting video cameras on every corner and perusing their library habits will make it easier to catch terrorists before they act…the problem is that once all this is in place, we will no longer be living in the same country we lived in prior to Sept. 11.”—David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative UnionOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRights1 | 2 | 34 | 5The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)For more than 50 years, the NYCLU has served as New York State’s pre-eminent organization devoted to the protection and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. In many ways the NYCLU can be seen as New York’s most conservative institution because their sole aim is the preservation of the core American values contained in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Prominent citizens such as Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons and Tony Kushner amongst others are working with the NYCLU to further their cause. The NYCLU is the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and relies solely on outside contributions. The Proposition GalleryThe Proposition Gallery, located in New York City’s Chelsea District at 559 West 22nd Street, is the main venue of this event. In 1984, Ellen Donahue and Ronald Sosinski first opened E.M. Donahue Gallery for Contemporary Art in the East Village, which later moved to Soho on the corner of Prince and Broadway. Donahue/Sosinski Art specialized in promoting the work of New York-based, mid-career painters receiving reviews and recognition by Art in America New York Times throughout their 14 years. The Proposition has broadened the scope ofthe gallery by including international artists and new media installations. OPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRights1 | 2 | 3| 45 New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign (NYBORDC) The NYBORDC is dedicated to restoring and protecting the fundamental rights curtailed by our government since the events of September 11, 2001. Concerned New Yorkers created the campaign to call upon local, state and federal government to restore and defend the fundamental rights embodied in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The NYBORDC recognizes that in times of national crisis, we cannot rely on the courts as the last line of defense of civil liberties, and thus the NYBORDC is building a mass movement to win back and defend our fundamental rights. The NYBORDC is a grass roots project of the NYCLU.www.NYBORDC.orgOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITION FORUM ARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATE CONTACTNYBORDC (continued)• Introduced City Council Resolution 909, which calls upon federal, state and local officials to affirm and uphold civil rights and civil liberties. Developed a broad and diverse sponsoring committee of over 90 organizations to endorse the Campaign, including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the NAACP, DC37, the New York Public Library Guild, and many more.Educates the public, media and government on post-9/11 civil liberties issues.Advocates for legislation to oppose the curtailment of our fundamental rights.Mobilizes the public and builds coalitions in pursuit of these aims.OPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsThe Exhibition“Open Proposition: Artists for The Bill of Rights” is an exhibition which will consist of works by noted artists to be sold through a month-long silent auction. Location: The Proposition, 559 West 22nd Street, New York City Date: February 7 ­ 28, 2004 Public reception: February 12, 6 ­ 9pmOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDCEXHIBITION FORUM ARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATE CONTACTOpen Proposition: A Forum on Civil Liberties and the ArtsThe Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., February 24, 6:30 - 9:30pm.Historically, artists have been deeply concerned with civil liberties and have often taken action against the misuse of government powers. How are contemporary artists responding to the erosion of some of our most basic freedoms, and is their impact measurable? Can more be done to educate the public through the arts? These and other questions will be discussed in an exchange meant to open up a dialogue between the arts community and the public. This forum accompanies the exhibition "Open Proposition: Artists for the Bill of Rights" which brings together leading visual artists such as Ross Bleckner, Louise Bourgeois, Leon Golub, and Robert Rauschenberg in an effort to increase awareness of The New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign. The exhibition will be held at The Proposition gallery from February 7-28th.Speakers will include Paul D. Miller, Francis M. Naumann, Tom Schreiber and Marc Ribot Co-sponsored by The New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign. 4047 - Tuesday, February 24 6:30-8:30pm $10; suggested donation; $5 students and low-incomeOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITIONFORUM ARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATE CONTACTThe ArtistsJohn Alexander Sandra Bermudez Ross Bleckner Nolan Bowie Louise Bourgeois Cecily BrownChuck Close donation of Bill and Sheila LambertHeidi Cody Jules FeifferLeon Golub Peter Halley donation of Alexander Heinrici, Fine Art Printing Ltd.Jonathan Lasker Julian LaVerdiere Zoe Leonard donation of Paula Cooper GalleryStephen Lipman donation of the artist andPatrick F. Monaghan IIIGiles Lyon Matt Magee Patrick McMullan Arnold Mesches Paul D Miller (aka DJ Spooky) Robert Rauschenberg Lucas Reiner Tom Schreiber Nancy Spero Adam Stennett OPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITION FORUMARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATE CONTACTOpen Proposition CommitteeRoss Bleckner, Ellen Donahue, Donna Lieberman, Stephen Lipman, Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky, Udi Ofer, Tom Schreiber, Ronald Sosinski, Jack WhiteHonorary CommitteeDonald Baechler, Farai Chideya, Alyce Emory, Karen Finley, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Anthony Haden-Guest, Bianca Jagger, Tony Kushner, Francis M. Naumann, Tom Noonan, Joan Osborne, Congressman Major Owens, Deputy Majority Leader Bill Perkins, Lou Reed, Susan Sarandon Advisory CommitteeAlyce Emory, David Gibson, Alexander Heinrici, Lori Henry, Priska Juschka, Karlo, Abraham Lubelski, Victoria Ludwin, Lisa Mamounas, Cheryl Petit de Mange, James Morel, Bridget Murphy, Jonathan Pillot, Gabriella Porter, Sally Robinson, Luis Vega, Christopher Vroom, David White, Liane WunderlichOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITION FORUM ARTISTSCOMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATE CONTACTSupportersArtadia Our mission is to encourage innovative practiceand meaningful dialogue across the U.S. by providing artistsin specific communities with unrestricted grants and a national network of support. Since its inception in 1997, Artadia has provided nearly $2.0 million in support to over90 artists across the country. www.artadia.orgArt Boards Archival Art SuppliesBark Frameworks, Inc.BOMB MagazineA non-propfit quarterly, has been publishing peer-to-peer interviews between artists, writers,architects, directors and filmmakers. www.bombsite.comCity FrameContinental Corporate EngraversCorporate VoiceOnline communicationsEber Brothers/Paramount Brands A family owned Fine wine and spirit wholesaler. We are one of the top distributors in the Metro New York area, and throughout the New York State.Echocolates.com the ressource for single plantation cocoa artisanal chocolate. A rain forest alliance membereMerging iMage Media graphicsFeigen ContemporaryFine Art Printing Ltd.Bill and Sheila LambertLehmann Maupin GalleryMagic Hat Brewing CompanyManhattan Art Gallery Fine art framingPatrick F. 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Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.Supporter: $300 ­ 400•Acknowledgement as a “” at Open Proposition: A Forum on Civil Liberties and the Arts. Name on select event collateral including our website One signed limited edition printAssociate: $500 ­ 900Acknowledgement as an “Associate” Patron: $1,000 ­ 4,000Acknowledgement as a “Patron” Display of brand or name on select event collateral including our website Benefactor: $5,000 + Acknowledgement as a “Benefactor” at Open Proposition: A Forum on Civil Liberties and the Arts. Two signed limited edition printsOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITION FORUM ARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERSDONATE CONTACTFounders/Producers:Stephen Lipman, Tom Schreiber212.631.4249BillofRights@newyork.comPress/media relations:Jack White212.831.2189jackw@nycmail.comFor further information regarding this event or to make a contribution, please contact The Open Proposition Committee:Open Proposition CommitteeBox 20459, London Terrace StationNew York, NY 10011Please make checks payable to: "NYCLU Foundation" and write "Open Proposition" in the memo areaAll contributions are tax deductibleOPEN PROPOSITIONArtistsfortheBillofRightsOVERVIEW NYBORDC EXHIBITION FORUM ARTISTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTERS DONATECONTACT