Escondido, CA

Residents to meet at Mike’s BBQ to discuss a “Convention of States” to amend U.S. Constitution

For those who want to revolt against the status quo, to stick it to the man, to kick against the pricks (that’s from the Bible, so don’t yell at me!) and overthrow the es­tablishment, but think it takes more than just a belief in “one man” to do it, there is an alternative: the “Convention of States Project.” See editorial, page 3.

A group of Escondido residents Satur­day will learn about the “Convention of States Project,” a grassroots national ef­fort to persuade enough states to ask Con­gress to hold a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

The event will be held Saturday, 3-6 pm. at Mike’s BBQ in Escondido.

Escondido currently has about 140 peo­ple who are interested in this initiative. Local residents Pat Mendenhall and Jason Holzer of Escondido have stepped up to volunteer in some capacity and 138 have signed the petition at www.conventionof­

The Convention of States Project Cali­fornia recently announced the launch of the #CALibertyRoadTrip campaign, which is a series of 14 town halls through­out the state educating citizens and legis­lators on the ultimate anti-establishment tool the citizens have for reining in the federal government and returning power back to the states.

The organization has more than 30,000 volunteers in the Golden State. “State leaders are using this town hall series as a way to connect with volunteers and en­gage supporters who are eager to learn more about the Article V process,” says the group.

Article V of the Constitution says (in part) “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. . . “

The #CALibertyRoadTrip is commenc­ing in the San Diego area with a town hall scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at Mike’s BBQ. San Diego Regional Captain Fred Yerrick of Rancho Bernardo and Larry Sundram of Bonsall, co-director for the COS Project California, will host the event, and, according to organizers, “ share with citizens the constitutional so­lution to solving the problems of federal overreach, unsustainable national debt and how the convention of states process works.”

“A single candidate cannot save Amer­ica,” said Larry Sundram, co-director, Convention of States California. “Amer­ica’s Founders distributed power among the three branches of government with the intent that none of them became too powerful. What we see today is a federal government amassing power and infring­ing upon our liberty. As this election cycle moves along we are seeing more and more people in California and across the nation join the Convention of States Project as the logical conclusion for restoring the rule of the law and the Constitution.”

The event is free and open to residents.

COS district captains from surround­ing cities will share their experiences as volunteers and answer questions about the initiative’s progress in their districts.

Yerrick will lead the discussion of how local volunteers can help advance the Convention of States Project Resolution in the 2016-17 legislative session.

The Convention of States Project is cur­rently organized in all 50 states, including more than a million volunteers, support­ers and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Ten­nessee, and Indiana have passed Article V resolutions since the Project’s found­ing in 2013. Currently, twenty-eight states are considering the Convention of States resolution.

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