Citizens for Self-Governance to host historic Convention of States in Colonial Williamsburg for test run of Amendments Convention
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 29—Republicans have convened, Democrats have convened and now it is time for the States to convene. Citizens for Self-Governance is sponsoring an Article V simulated convention of states September 21-23, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, where legislators from all 50 states acting as commissioners will perform a test run of an actual Article V convention. This first-ever, simulated Article V convention for proposing amendments is to demonstrate to the nation not just that it can work, but why this is necessary for the country—with the public confidence in Congress dipping below 20%.
“What America needs right now is more than a change in personnel; we need a change in structure,” explains Michael Farris, co-founder, Convention of States Project. “The Founders understood the importance of structure and they gave that power to the states in Article V so that when the federal government overstepped its bounds, we the people through our legislatures could recalibrate it.”
State delegations will focus their efforts on proposing amendments related to the subject matter resolution, to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and set term limits for its officials and for Members of Congress.” Legislators will be advised by Former Sen. Tom Coburn and grassroots leader Mark Meckler, among others.
Convention of States leadership will host a series of Facebook live events starting Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on the Convention of States Project Facebook page. Mark Meckler and Michael Farris will discuss how the simulated convention will change the fight forever and show activists how to get involved ahead of the Williamsburg event.
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