Sanctuary means far more than immigration. It is a haven for the values of a safe, inclusive, generous, kind and respectful society. It is about local, grassroots action against unjust laws and public policies. The Sanctuary State Project is starting with the "Yes" vote for a New York Constitutional Convention.

We are imagining a new Constitutional Convention. 
By New Yorkers. For New Yorkers. 

On November 7, every New Yorker will be asked to vote “Yes” or “No” on a Constitutional Convention to re-envision New York’s governing document. We are creating user-friendly processes to support your run for delegate. We are building technology that will enable a truly participatory convention with transparent, real-time information flows, and seamless communications through the devices we use everyday. We can set a national standard for the next 13 states who will vote for constitutional conventions.


Blog Posts:

10 Deeply Personal Reasons Why I’m Voting “Yes” For a New York State Constitutional Convention

As I’ve watch my sons grow into wonderful young adults, my anxiety over the world that we’re leaving them has also grown. Critical threats that need urgent attention now are barely perceptible on the political radar screen. If New York doesn’t have a major reboot in the form of the constitutional convention...

A late night pre-election conversation

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To Be, or Not to Be: New York’s Constitutional Convention Question

EVERY 20 YEARS, NEW YORK VOTERS HAVE THE CHANCE TO REWRITE THEIR CONSTITUTION ANY WAY THEY WISH. SHOULD THEY?

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Forget ‘Hope vs. Fear.’ The Math behind the constitutional convention

DATA SUPPORTS THE CASE FOR THE “YES” VOTE. ONLY AN APPEAL TO UNJUSTIFIED FEAR CAN SUPPORT THE “NO” VOTE.

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25 Groundbreaking Bills Passed by the New York Assembly but Blocked in New York Senate

THE “NO” VOTE PROTECTS THE STATUS QUO THAT BLOCKS THE #RESIST AGENDA IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE, FOR YEARS IN SOME CASES.

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Why Has the "No" Vote Adopted Steve Bannon's Playbook?

Like Bannon did for Trump, the “No” vote has inflated lies and false conjecture to stoke fear. Virtually none of the “No” vote claims have a basis in fact. 


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"You cannot lose your pension," says former Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman.

Peggy Eason, a former union president of CSEA/AFSCME Local 259, explains why she supports a People's Convention and you should too. Eason was the first blind person to serve as a local union president in New York State history. 

OUR SHOT: The New York State Constitutional Convention Music Video

Three New Yorkers share their stories of why they are voting YES for a state constitutional convention on November 7th and why they believe you should as well.

Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (retired 2015)

Tyrone Heppard

Heather Alison Waters, Syracuse NY Chapter, League of Women Voters

Civic Hall debate on the NYS Constitutional Convention on August 15, 2017. 


Potential Amendments:
Imagine If New York Could Have...

Only every 20 years do we vote to revise New York's Constitution. Consider how much has changed in the past 20 years and how much will change in the next 20. Are you satisfied with the status quo? What is your vision for our children’s New York? Below are some of our ideas. We will update these and will add others in response to your comments. Please comment and share! 

Click here to go to Amendments page.

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Election Day Op-Ed in The Daily Beast

New York Voters Have a Once-in-a-Generation Shot at Real Reform

The real fight is over whether to change the political status quo or let it remain.

It’s a battle between new, post-Trump progressives and old, machine Democrats that offers a window into future intramural Democratic battles across the country.

Read more ->


The Sanctuary State Project in the news:

Rose, Naeisha, "Many advocacy groups favor Constitutional Convention," Queens TimesLedger, October 20, 2017

Vuolo, Phoebe, "Shirley Chisholm Dem Club Debates Need for Constitutional Convention", Kings County Politics, October 16, 2017

Gannon, Michael, "NY Constitution Fight alive, well in Queens," Queens Chronicle, October 5, 2017



Trump’s election emphasizes how valuable it is for states to chart their own course. We can put a right to clean air and water in our Constitution. If we want to add more labor protections, we can do it. That’s the beauty of federalism.
— Peter J. Galie, quoted in the New York Times
States are supposed to be the laboratories of democracy.
— NYS Senator Daniel Squadron, discussing his resignation with WNYC
Tired of New York’s Corrupt, Plodding ‘Progressivism’? Call a Constitutional Convention.
— Ross Barkan, The Village Voice
New York should not forfeit this rare, generational opportunity to modernize and significantly improve the Constitution that forms the foundation of state government.
— New York State Bar Association
A convention can and should accomplish important positive change in areas central to our mission of improving electoral, legislative and judicial processes for the benefit of all New Yorkers, and that with appropriate vigilance and education we can guard against any erosion of important existing protections.
— John S. Kiernan, President, New York City Bar Association

Click here for the steps to holding a convention, running a convention, and putting potential amendments in front of the public for final ratification.


Our Partners

The Sanctuary State Project is a member of the NY Says Yes Coalition