11:00 AM Online – Live!
NOTE that the time is 11:00 AM not our usual 2:30 PM
Streaming live on AEU’s Facebook page beginning at 11:00 am EST
Zoom Webinar: To join from a computer, click here.
EHSA will host a Coffee Hour to discuss the platform following the event.
Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-8) was Lead House Manager in the second Senate impeachment Trial of former President Donald Trump, which ended with a 57-43 vote to convict and was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment process in U.S. history. A professor of constitutional law, bestselling author, and former Whip of the Maryland State Senate, Raskin has been on the frontlines of defending democracy against authoritarianism in our time and authored the successful House Resolution calling on Vice-President Pence to activate the provisions of the 25th Amendment after the failed coup of January 6th to prevent any further descent into chaos and violence at the hands of Donald Trump.
Raskin introduced the Resolution adopted overwhelmingly by the House (386-3) in the first week of December in 2020 calling for release of all religious prisoners on earth and for repeal of all nations’ blasphemy, apostasy and heresy laws, which involve imaginary offenses and are notoriously used to oppress and persecute innocent people.
Rep. Raskin is co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus which he co-founded with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). Raskin came to the attention of freethinkers nationally when he testified in the Maryland State Senate in 2006 against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and answered a right-wing Senator who asserted that the Bible “defines marriage as one man and one woman” with this retort: “Senator, with all due respect, when you took your oath of office you put your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”
Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Raskin was a member of the Maryland State Senate from 2007 to 2016. Raskin served as general counsel for Jesse Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition (1989 – 1990). He was a constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he co-founded and directed the LL.M. program on Law and Government and co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Raskin received a B.A. from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Congressman Raskin’s father, Marcus Raskin, was a staff aide to President John F. Kennedy on the National Security Council, and was a co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies—and his mother, Barbara Raskin, a journalist and novelist.