Little Rock, AR, February 14, 2019 – Convention of States Action, the largest Article V grassroots organization in the country, is pleased to announce that today Arkansas became the 13th state to call for an Article V convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose fiscal restraints on Washington, limit its power and jurisdiction, and set term limits for federal officials.
We are very excited that Arkansas has become the 13th state to pass the Convention of States resolution,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “This success is the result of incredible grassroots effort in conjunction with great legislative champions. It’s a great way to start the year!”
Senator Gary Stubblefield
Almost seventy percent of the people of Arkansas favor this Article V convention,” said Sen. Gary Stubblefield, referring to a study conducted by the Trafalgar Group. “This isn’t a Democrat issue or a Republican issue. It’s an American issue.”
We are fortunate to vote for a resolution that provides a solution as big as the problem,” said Rep. Austin McCollum, a primary sponsor along with Sen. Stubblefield. In addition, the efforts of House Majority Leader Rep. Marcus Richmond were invaluable to final passage.
The wonderful people of Arkansas recognize the need to correct the direction in Washington, and their legislators have responded,” said former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a COSA Senior Advisor.
Convention of States Arkansas volunteers called, emailed, visited, and sent hundreds of handwritten letters to legislators urging them to pass the resolution.
Bud Cornwell, Mark Meckler, and Randy Alexander
Convention of States volunteers and Arkansas legislators stood their ground today to show we are the ones who decide,” said Randy Alexander, Legislative Liaison for Convention of States Arkansas.
The liberty bell rings loud in Arkansas,” said Bud Cornwell, State Director for Convention of States Arkansas. “The passion in Arkansas exceeded any partisan divide. The oath I took as a Marine to protect and defend the Constitution 37 years ago came true today passing the Convention of States legislation.
- The federal government is spending away our children’s livelihood
- We are facing a regulatory crisis
- Congressional attacks on state sovereignty
- Federal takeover of decision making
Our goal: to have you join us by signing the petition to urge and empower state legislators to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution to curb the abuses of the federal government.
We always have a need for volunteers in Arkansas! A couple of our current needs are for a State Legislative Liaison and a State Grassroots Coordinator, and there are also House districts that are looking for a District Captain. Click here for a more complete list of positions.
The grassroots are the key to victory -- high numbers ensure success. So are you ready to talk to your friends about the Convention of States Project?
District Captains build the grassroots army by carrying out the following 3 tasks:
1. Welcome New COS District Supporters
When an individual that lives in your House district signs the Convention of States petition, they will receive an email from the Follow-Up Team (FUT). As District Captain, you will receive a copy of that email. The name of that new individual will also show up on your district roster in the Citizen Builder tool. You will contact each new individual by telephone (usually 3 per week or less) and cover the following bases in your conversation:
Thank them for signing the COS petition!
Tell them about Cascade Calls and encourage them to contact their legislators about supporting COS legislation next spring.
Tell them that you will notify them of any COS events nearby or at the State Capitol and encourage them to attend when they are able.
Ask them if they would like to volunteer for COS and give them some examples of ways they could do that. Ask them what kind of skills and interests they have that might fit one of our volunteer options.
2. Contact Your Legislators
You will contact your Senator and Representative on a regular basis and encourage your volunteers to do the same.
3. Help Promote State-Wide & Regional Events
For a state-wide event such as a rally at the State Capitol, you will assist the State Event Planner by publicizing the event to interested people living in your district. You might also help organize car pools for people who live in your district to facilitate their attendance. You would typically not have any responsibilities related to planning the event.
For a regional event such as a rally to be held at a larger city near you, you will assist the State Event Planner by publicizing the event to interested people living in your district. You might also help organize car pools for people who live in your district to facilitate their attendance. Depending on your proximity to the event location, your skill set and interest, and your available time; you may be asked to assist with event planning and scheduling as a helper. You would not play a leadership role in the planning.
Get involved today by reaching out to your state legislators. Don't know what to say?