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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Vote YES on Proposition #1 for a NYS Constitutional Convention

Tuesday November 7, 2017
Vote YES on Proposition #1
NYS Constitutional Convention
 
Why We Need a Constitutional Convention
  • Every 20 years the public is being given the rare opportunity to enact legislation by Constitutional Convention
  • The public never gets to write amendments and must rely on elected officials who may not be able to or are unwilling to do so
  • Amendments and revisions are only presented to the public if the legislature votes to do so two consecutive years in a row. 
  • The last voter approved revisions made by Convention were in 1938 
  • Defend against corruption in Albany and restructure the legislature
  • There are no provisions to recall corrupt, ineffective or incapacitated legislators
  • Legislative changes such as term limits are never written to target elected officials, reforms will never be added that weaken those in power
  • Voter reforms are needed to establish shorter registration times, nonpartisan control of election boards, early voting and absentee voting with no excuses required
  • Judicial reforms to simplify the courts and provide speedy a trail
  • Protections to those immigrants living in the state
  • Update Women's rights
  • Update Environmental Protections
  • Home rule for NYC and other local governments
  • The most important changes to the Constitution were made by Constitutional Convention not Legislation
  • Are you frustrated with New York State government?
  • Are you tired of waiting for change that never comes?
  • The best chance for progress is by public action to modernize the State Constitution
Vote yes to constitutional convention, other proposals on back of the ballot
https://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/vote-yes-to-constitutional-convention-other-proposals-on-back-of-the-ballot-1.14746028
 
 


A People’s Convention: An Introduction to New York’s 2017 Constitutional Convention Vote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iESDJ80LM

New Yorkers for a Constitutional Convention:
Black Institute Founder Bertha Lewis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwmYNWVa8N4

New Yorkers for a Constitutional Convention:
NYC Independence Club's Cathy Stewart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oep5SS4vuS4

OUR SHOT: The New York State Constitutional Convention

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU382IDKMZM
   

New Yorkers for a Constitutional Convention:
Former Union Local President Peggy Eason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkFBw5j-_3s

Heather Waters, Syracuse League of Women Voters Ad
https://www.youtube.com/embed/HHyHIXzKEaA

  
The case for a New York constitutional convention: Vote yes on Proposal No. 1
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/case-convention-yes-proposal-no-1-article-1.3609898

Why New Yorkers Should Vote for a Constitutional Convention
Michael Benjamin, former N.Y. State assembly Member
http://nypost.com/2017/10/12/why-new-yorkers-should-vote-for-a-constitutional-convention/

The only thing we have to fear is fear itselfBertha Lewis
http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/sep/28/only-thing-we-have-fear-fear-itself/

Why we badly need to overhaul Albany:
The case for a constitutional convention
Seymour Lachman
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/overhaul-albany-constitutional-convention-article-1.3609530

Rouse N.Y.'s sleeping powers with a people's convention to fix our broken state Constitution
Errol Louis
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/rouse-n-y-s-sleeping-powers-people-convention-article-1.3333153

The N.Y. constitutional convention immigrants need
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/n-y-constitutional-convention-immigrants-article-1.3602471

A New York Constitutional Convention Would Be Good for Democracy
https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-york-constitutional-convention-would-be-good-for-democracy/

Myths and realities of a constitutional convention
https://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/myths-and-realities-of-a-new-york-state-constitutional-convention-1.14455129

Vote yes for a Constitutional Convention
https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/44/conconletter_2017_11_03_q.html

Guest Essay: Vote YES on Constitutional Convention
Priscilla Grim is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Citizens Union
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2017/10/22/guest-essay-vote-yes-constitutional-convention/753853001/

Don't be Conned. Vote Yes for a Constitutional Convention
Dr. Lenora Fulani
http://www.blackstarnews.com/ny-watch/politics/dont-be-conned-vote-yes-for-a-constitutional-convention.html

Many advocacy groups favor Constitutional Convention
https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/42/nyconcon_2017_10_20_q.html?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=module&utm_source=similar&utm_content=intra

Editorial endorsement: Vote 'yes' on NY constitutional convention
Syracuse.com
http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/10/editorial_endorsement_vote_yes_on_ny_constitutional_convention.html

How the cost of a convention became urban legend
https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/02/how-an-implausible-cost-estimate-for-a-constitutional-convention-spread-109467

Constitutional Convention Offers Best Chance for Election Reform in New York
https://ivn.us/2017/10/31/constitutional-convention-offers-best-chance-election-reform-new-york/

Vote 'yes' to Constitutional Convention
http://www.silive.com/opinion/letters/index.ssf/2017/10/vote_yes_to_constitutional_con.html

New York Constitutional Convention
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7yzQuE-6wA

NYPeoplesConvention
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCudCmpqbrmWvCwiJABHJKMA

Here's why I'm voting for a constitutional convention in New York
http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-constitutional-convention-vote-pros-cons-2017-11

NYS Constitutional Convention Discussion
w/Prof Gerry Benjamin, Evan Davis & Chris Ludlow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMjc0Naav3g

Facts, not fear: Is it time for a Constitutional Convention in New York?
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/facts-not-fear-is-it-time-for-a-constitutional-convention_us_59fbc81be4b01ec0dede4101

BLJ: The pros and cons of ‘Con Con’
https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2017/11/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-con-con.html


New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Citizens Union
Effective NY
Forward March NY
The League of Women Voters
New York Public Interest Research Group
NY Says Yes
The Sanctuary State Project

Friday, October 27, 2017

NYS Constitutional Convention Debate

Every 20 years New Yorkers can vote on whether to hold what’s called a constitutional convention.  On Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 the voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider revisions to the State Constitution.

Facts, not fear: Is it time for a Constitutional Convention in New York?
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/facts-not-fear-is-it-time-for-a-constitutional-convention_us_59fbc81be4b01ec0dede4101

NYS Constituional Convention Discussion w/Prof Gerry Benjamin, Evan Davis & Chris Ludlow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMjc0Naav3g

Myths and realities of a constitutional convention
https://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/myths-and-realities-of-a-new-york-state-constitutional-convention-1.14455129

DISCUSSIONS

Should NYS have a Constitutional Convention: Debate Q and A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7e5pFcCWBk

CUNY Forum: The Pros and Cons of New York's "ConCon"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzgyZ-pR9bI

The Brian Lehrer Show: Debate: Should New York Hold a Convention to Amend the State Constitution?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljpbloMM0IY&t=1340s

Real Politics: The TV Show - The NY Constitutional Convention (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j72SntrECW8

Real Politics: The TV Show - The NY Constitutional Convention (Part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dskx-aGRcQQ

Race To Represent 2017: Constitutional Convention
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLM7PPK6u8

Constitutional Convention Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HljFvvzKXb8

HISTORY

Constitutional Conventions in NY: Back to the Future
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb0FW8_q6gs

The New York State Constitutional Convention in Historical Perspective
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brTbWnrQaTA

Understanding the 2017 NY Constitutional Convention Question with Bob Schulz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHutj1O_k8

Conventional Wisdom - Debating a NY Constitutional Convention
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaIw1Al__h4

FORUMS

NY Constitutional Convention Presentation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt2e8hSgAto

NYS Constitutional Convention Panel Discussion LWV/Mahopac Library
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0FOL4mLBnA

The Potential Impact of the 2017 Constitutional Convention Referendum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3i5GBjhJsc

Debate Night - On Voting Yay Or Nay On Enabling A New York State Constitutional Convention
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMCumQ7L5dE

How To Fix New York's Constitution?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Hhxi7Wcg0

ARTICLES

Examining battle over a possible state constitutional convention http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2017/10/19/examining-battle-over-a-possible-state-constitutional-convention