Should The Left Want A Constitution Convention?
A Panel on November's Referendum
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The New York State Constitution mandates a statewide vote every twenty years on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention (“Con Con”) to amend the State Constitution. The next vote is scheduled on November 7, 2017. If the Con Con is approved, delegates to the Con Con would be elected in 2018.
There is not yet consensus among DSA and its allies regarding the Convention. We will convene a panel on the issue, with a discussion that addresses:
the history and process of the Constitutional Convention
the risks and benefits of a Con Con for the left
how, if a Con Con does pass, DSA should consider engaging with the process to maximize positive change
Pro Con Con :
Ross Barkan, Village Voice
Jasmine Cook, New York People’s Convention
Ken Sherrill, CUNY Political Science, Emeritus
Anti Con Con:
John O’Malley, CWA
Ari Paul, Journalist, PSC
Susan Welber, Legal Aid Society