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Grassroots in Action: COS Oklahoma promotes civic education in high schools

Published in Blog on July 06, 2021 by Convention Of States

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Calling and convening the first-ever Article V Convention of States is only one of the goals of the Convention of States movement. Ultimately, we seek to build the largest ever grassroots army to fight for liberty-minded policies in all 50 states--even after we call a Convention of States.

Towards that end, the Convention of States teams operating in states that have already passed the Convention of States Resolution actively work in their legislatures to help pass other patriotic initiatives that promote self-governance. One of those initiatives was HB 2030 in Oklahoma. 

As other states and boards of education work to impose curriculums that denigrate our country's heritage, the Oklahoma legislature sought to ensure that all students have a solid foundation in our country's history and heritage. HB 2030 requires high school students in the state to pass the naturalization exam in order to graduate from high school. At a minimum, our students should have just as much knowledge about our country as new Americans.

The legislature had tried to pass this bill for about four years, but it didn't go anywhere. This year, however, Convention of States patriots got involved, and they sent over 860 messages to their state representatives in support of the bill. Thanks in large part to their efforts, the bill passed with flying colors in the House and Senate. 

Then, last week, the Convention of States Oklahoma State Director, John Guinn, got this note thanking COS patriots for their work and inviting him to the bill signing ceremony:

Good Afternoon!

The Governor will be holding a Ceremonial Signing for HB 2030 on August 4 at 9 AM or shortly thereafter. Because you were instrumental in the successful passage of this legislation into law, it would be an honor for you to participate in the signing.

We will assemble in my office at the Capitol, Room #406, at 9 AM on Wednesday, August 4 and proceed to the Blue Room as a group once our bill is ready to be presented to the Governor for his signature.

I appreciate all you did to help transform this bill from an idea into law.  Please join me as we celebrate.

All the best,

Terry S. O'Donnell, District 23
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives

That's the power of the grassroots in action! At the state level, everyday Americans can have a real impact on the laws and policies under which they live, and the Oklahoma team proved that We the People still have the power to change the course of our nation.

Our most powerful tool lies in Article V of the Constitution. Article V allows the people, acting through their states, to call a Convention of States to propose constitutional amendments that limit federal power and return that power to the stats and the people.

With power removed from Washington and residing in the 50 states, everyday Americans have a real voice in government, and they'll be empowered to govern themselves however they see fit. Oklahoma proved the power of the grassroots this legislative session--if we want to save our country, we must come together and make our voices heard.

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of Article V Convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here:

I ask that you support the Convention of States Project and consider becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have: or (540) 441-7227.

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