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At the February 20, 2009 meeting, Vincent Warren, the executive directory of the Center for Constitutional Rights spoke about “Neutralizing the Bush Legacy: Restoring Constitutional Rights.” He outlined the areas the Center is watching for signs that President Obama may give up some of the powers that accrued to the presidency during the Bush administration. These powers far exceeded those outlined in the Constitution, usurping many previously relegated to the courts and the Congress. So far, none have been yielded.

An energetic and engaging speaker, Mr. Warren held the audience rapt, and some even said that they wished they could hear the talk again. Fortunately, the Club video-taped the presentation, and it’s now available here.

Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.Vince Warren will return to the Bay Area in June, when he’ll speak at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, so people who missed his presentation to the Lamorinda Democratic Club can hear him then.