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  •  I believe that's the ultimate goal (26+ / 0-)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the process to amend the US Constitution?

    An amendment has to be proposed either by a 2/3 vote of both houses of Congress, or else by a constitutional convention convened when the legislatures of 2/3 of the states so request. The amendment has to be ratified either by the legislatures of 3/4 of the states, or by conventions in 3/4 of the states, depending on which means of ratification Congress proposes.

    All of the amendments to the Constitution, of which there are now 27, were proposed by Congress, and all but one were ratified by state legislatures. The convention route has never been used for proposing an amendment, and was used only once for ratifying an amendment (the 21st, which eliminated Prohibition).


    What is your strategy to get this amendment passed?

    Our strategy is to work on the local level before moving on to the state or federal level to build a grassroots movement organized and powerful enough to force Congress to act.

    Our primary organizing tool is local resolution campaigns. Resolution campaigns are a powerful way for communities to send a message to Congress and let our representatives know we want them to act.


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    by jamess on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 06:52:35 PM PDT

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    •  If memory serves the 17th wasn't passed by (17+ / 0-)

      the Congress until the states came close to calling an Article V convention. It's kind of amazing that it's never been done in over 220 years. However, needing 3/4ths of the states to ratify whatever comes out of the convention still means 13 states can block it from passing. And I think you can guess which 13 that would be.

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      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 06:59:31 PM PDT

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    •  The actual language (2+ / 0-)
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      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.
      It's amazing how an FAQ is needed for something so short; not because the Constitution is needlessly long-winded, but it is prone to run-on sentences that wouldn't cut it in 9th grade English. That entire thing is one sentence.

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      by randomfacts on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 10:39:44 PM PDT

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