Related Organizations

There are at least three ways to amend the U.S. Constitution.

We Americans typically rely on the first way: Congress proposes the constitutional amendment.[i]

However, when Congress refuses to propose an amendment, that leaves two ways to bypass Congress, hold a convention, explore proposed amendments, and submit them for approval by 75% of the states (38 states today)

  • THE STATE LEGISLATURES may hold a convention under Article V (five) of the constitution[ii]

  • WE THE PEOPLE may hold our own convention under the First Amendment to the constitution[iii]

The state legislators Article V convention has been attempted many times over 225 years, And yet, a convention has never been held and there are at least eight more attempts currently underway—many of which are highly partisan and contentious.[iv]

At least one Article V organization is solely committed to making the convention process available and remains neutral on specific proposed amendments

Friends of the Article V Convention (FOAVC, Bill Walker)

On the other hand, as of March 1, 2017, the other organizations appear to have filed at least 145 pieces of Article V legislation in 37 states. These include – in alphabetical order:

Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force (BBA, BBATF, balanced budget, William Fruth, David Biddulph)
Compact for America (balanced budget, Nick Dranias JD)
Convention of the States (restricting federal government, Mark Meckler JD, Citizens for Self-Governance)
Single Subject Amendment (limiting laws to a clearly indicated single topic, W. Spider Webb, Jr)
US Term Limits (term limits, Philip Blumel)
Wolf-PAC (free and fair elections, Cenk Uygur JD)

ThePeoplesConvention.org is very different from most of the Article V organizations. Our only agenda is to make democracy work and

They

1.       Partisan, predetermined agenda

2.       Focus exclusively on what the state legislators want

3.       May support contentious issues

4.       Rely on Article V of the constitution

5.       Focus on only the national constitution

We

1.       Neutral, nonpartisan

2.       Focus exclusively on what the American people say they want

3.       Focus on what Americans agree on

4.       Rely on the First Amendment

5.       Focus on state and national constitutions

 

[i] Article V (five) of the U.S. Constitution
Text relating to amendments proposed by CONGRESS in bold

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate. . www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

[ii] Article V (five) of the U.S. Constitution

Text relating to amendments proposed by the STATE LEGISLATURES in bold
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate. www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

Why an Article V (five) convention has never been held

While originally envisioned as a “people’s” convention, and while not constitutionally required to do so, the state legislatures have typically taken it upon themselves to design their own rules for a convention and they have never been able to get 67% of the states (34 today) to agree on the rules.

[iii] First Amendment to U.S. Constitution
Text relating to holding a convention and presenting proposals in bold
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (45 words)

[iv] Current Known Efforts to Hold an Article V (five) Convention to Amend the U.S. Constitution – alphabetical order
As of March 1, 2017, it appears there have been at least 145 pieces of Article V legislation filed in 37 states by up to eight organizations: 1. Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force (BBA, BBATF) 2. Compact for America (balanced budget) 3. Convention of the States Project (restricting federal government, CoSP) 4. Counterman Amendment 5. Friends of Article V Convention (neutral, nonpartisan, FOAVC) 6. Single Subject Amendment 7. US Term Limits 8. Wolf-PAC (free and fair elections)

1 Comment

    • Milt

      I have said a lot. And as most Americans we, have a lot more to say. Nothing wrong with that. Political figure repeat themselves all day and all week and all month and year. . Its called stay on MESSAGE. DON”T SELLOUT!!

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