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.
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
EVERY 20 YEARS, NEW YORK VOTERS HAVE THE CHANCE TO REWRITE THEIR CONSTITUTION ANY WAY THEY WISH. SHOULD THEY?
DATA SUPPORTS THE CASE FOR THE “YES” VOTE. ONLY AN APPEAL TO UNJUSTIFIED FEAR CAN SUPPORT THE “NO” VOTE.
THE “NO” VOTE PROTECTS THE STATUS QUO THAT BLOCKS THE #RESIST AGENDA IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE, FOR YEARS IN SOME CASES.
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.
OUR SHOT: The New York State Constitutional Convention Music Video
Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (retired 2015)
Heather Alison Waters, Syracuse NY Chapter, League of Women Voters
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!
Election Day Op-Ed in The Daily Beast
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.
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
Click here for the steps to holding a convention, running a convention, and putting potential amendments in front of the public for final ratification.
The Sanctuary State Project is a member of the NY Says Yes Coalition.