Protect our Constitution
Action steps to prevent the re-writing of the U.S. Constitution
1. Thanks to those able to attend the March 6 House committee hearing, watch online or call legislators to tell them what a bad idea this is. The hearing was for "discussion only" but convention advocates promised the issue would not go away. Please, keep contacting legislators to let them know we do not need the Koch brothers re-writing the U.S. Constitution.
Some questions you might ask (from participant suggestions during last night's call):
- Is there any guarantee this won't be a runaway convention?
- How will the rules for a convention be decided?
- Who would represent Kentucky at a convention? How would they get chosen?
- Are there any guarantees democracy would be preserved?
- How would our constitutional rights be protected?
- Who is behind this? Who is bankrolling this?
- What's to stop them from scrapping the whole Constitution?
- Who will run the convention?
HOW TO MAKE CALLSThis is an excellent way to leave a message for any senator or representative or for multiple people, including all members of a specific committee, at one time.Ask to be connected to the office of a specific senator or representative. You may then leave a message directly with their receptionist. This is a good way to contact your own representative and senator, especially if you want to schedule an appointment or ask for a return call.We've also created a special link where you can download a file with the contact information for all of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation as well as the “Kentucky Legislative Message line” to put in your phone's contacts or address book. Download it at kftc.org/callthemOPPOSE HCR 13, HJR 54 & SCR 143Messages:
When contacting House members: “Stand for democracy and protect our Constitution. OPPOSE a Constitutional Convention of any sort. Vote NO on HCR 13 and HJR 54.”
When contacting Senators: “Stand for democracy and protect our Constitution. OPPOSE a Constitutional Convention of any sort. Vote NO on SCR 143.”
See below at the end of this email for more information about this movement for a Constitutional Convention and these Kentucky resolutions.
2. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Visit KFTC's information page on how to write a letter to the editor, including a list of newspapers across the state with contact information.
Suggested framework for a letter to the editor opposing a Constitutional Convention. You can apply this framework to this issue and also adapt it for most other issues:
WHERE: Who you are and where you're coming from. You may also mention the broad range of Kentuckians who care or should care about this issue.WHY: What values do you care about and likely share with your readers that would be threatened by this legislation? (Eg.: Democracy, equality, free speech, etc.) Starting your messaging with where you're/we're coming from and the why you care will help bring more people into caring about the issue and help us build long-term power.WHEN: Why is this so urgent *right now*? What opportunity do we have to save and protect our values *right now*?WHAT: What is happening that folks should care about? (See the links below for background information on this.) What are the uncertainties about what is happening? What should legislators and other readers be questioning? (See list of questions above for a partial list.)WHO: Who is trying to make this happen? (This movement is being bankrolled by out-of-state billionaires and moneyed special interests.)HOW: How can your readers take action? (Legislators can vote to oppose HCR 13, HJR 54 and SCR 143. Others can learn more at facebook.com/KYConConWatch )
If you submit a letter to the editor let us know. Also let us know if it gets published so we can share it around.
3. JOIN, SHARE & POST TO THE KENTUCKY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WATCH FACEBOOK PAGE
"Like" this page, a project of KFTC, to stay up-to-date as we continue to work on this issue and build power to oppose it this year.
Share it with your friends.
Post the values you care about that a Constitutional Convention would threaten and the questions and concerns you have about this dangerous movement on the page.
4. SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AND JOIN KFTC
This one is pretty straight forward: Not only does it take heart and commitment to protect democracy and to build an even healthier one over time, it takes being organized and coordinated and publicized...and that takes public support financial resources.Visit the pages and support the work of these two policy groups, among others, who are working to keep Kentuckians informed on the dangerous movement for a Constitutional Convention:
You can help ensure this work continues—rooted in our communities—for a long time to come by making a donation to KFTC.
Text of the resolutions:
- Lexington Herald Leader: "Movement to let states rewrite the U.S. Constitution comes to Kentucky." February 7, 2017.
- Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) blog post: "Kentucky Should Reject Dangerous Call to Reopen Constitution." February 7, 2017.
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (national perspective): "States Likely Could Not Control Constitutional Convention on Balanced Budget Amendment or Other Issues." January 18, 2017.
Thank you for all you do to make our communities and this world a better place,