Study group looking to teach foundations of U.S. government
EAST PALESTINE — Pittsburgh attorney Ellen Kyle Beagle overheard many arguments and statements during and after a heated election in 2020.
“You’ve got to back it up, you can’t just throw it out,” Beagle said regarding statements made about events and mandates.
Beagle wanted to provide people who felt powerless or uncertain about their rights an opportunity to discuss and learn how to apply government documents in their lives.
“Giving people ideas but also telling them what works and what doesn’t work and how it works,” Beagle said.
Foundations of America study group will now be meeting at the American Legion on 140 N. Walnut Street beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings until Oct. 27.
The group will study the Declaration of Independence and Constitution along with a presentation about the 1776 Report put out by the Trump Administration.
“It may be a refresher for some people,” Beagle said. “People do not know how to hold politicians and candidates to the fire.”
Foundations of America plans on having additional sessions consisting of eight weekly meetings in spring and summer of 2022.
“Here’s your political power, your economic power. Take an interest,” Beagle urged local communities.
Foundations of America is intended as a guide, not as a course. No legal advice is given and politics are not discussed.
“We want people to be able to learn this. We don’t support any certain candidates. We don’t support any certain policies,” Beagle said.
Beagle uses American Policy Roundtable as well as government documents when giving presentations.
“It is nonpartisan, we don’t get into the party politics,” Beagle explained.
Younger people are invited to join along with other local residents.
“We really want the younger people to come in because they are the future. I love that these kids today are invested, they are involved. They do want to know. They question,” Beagle said.
Foundations of America intends to familiarize attendees with primary documents as a means to empower constituents with interpretation skills and knowledge of how to use them.