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A candlelit vigil for the Bill of Rights drew roughly 100 people to the steps outside the Anacapa Street post office last Wednesday, as Santa Barbarans recognized the Nationwide Constitution Vigil called for by the national advocacy group MoveOn. The somber affair, cosponsored by the Santa Barbara Progressive Coalition and hosted by Lee Heller, was part of a nationwide effort to send a message to Congress and the White House that President Bush’s domestic wiretapping efforts are unconstitutional and cause for deeper investigation by an independent review committee. Last month, former vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore asserted before the American Constitution Society that Bush’s repeated abuse of the law was possibly an impeachable offense. Joining the vigil to read aloud from the Bill of Rights were former Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson, Santa Barbara City Councilmembers Das Williams, and Congressional hopeful Brett Wagner.

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