ACCR, Inc - Listening Sessions

ACCR Inc, the advocacy arm of ACCR, invites you to organize a Listening Session between now and next March in your community so that ACCR Board members can meet with you in your community to discuss Legislative options and strategies for the 2011 Legislative Session in Montgomery. The ACCR Inc. Board has been evaluating several legislative options and strategies in light of our past efforts, and needs your input, ideas and feedback in a Listening Session in your community.

We ask you to find a convenient time and public place like a school, library, or church building on a Sunday afternoon this fall for the citizens of your county to meet so that we can listen and learn from you and share information and material about several constitution reform legislative options being considered for 2011. We are asking that you engage your churches, civic clubs, school committees, community clubs, social clubs, neighbors, friends, and all who you think need to get involved and fired up by sharing together in the ACCR Legislative strategy development for 2011.

Some of the constitution reform legislative options and strategies we would like to discuss and solicit your thoughts about include:

1. A Citizens' Constitution Commission created by the Legislature or the Governor, to write a new constitution or amendments. In the past, Commissions have been created by Executive Order if the Governor creates a Commission, or a Legislative Resolution/Act if the Legislature creates a Commission. The Commission's draft Constitution and/or amendments would be purely advisory and still must be enacted Article by Article by the Legislature as Constitutional amendments or through citizens in a Constitutional Convention, and then subject to an ultimate vote of the people.

2. The ACCR supported legislative Resolution to let the people vote on calling a Constitution Convention from the past two years, with revised dates for the 2011 Legislative Session. The Resolution requires a majority vote of the Legislature for approval to allow the people to vote on holding a constitutional convention, and then provides for delegate elections and a convention procedure for writing and ultimately ratifying by a vote of the people anything produced by a

3. ACCR support of a Legislative Article by Article approach with support of specific amendmentsin the 2011 Legislative Session to address such important areas as Home Rule.

4. Other strategic options being discussed by some include a grassroots or individual initiative to just vote "no" on constitutional amendments until people are given the right to vote on a Constitution Convention or other creative ways to create a grassroots focus.

Would you set up a Listening Session in your community through your local civic organizations, clubs, school groups, churches, neighborhood clubs and social groups?

Scheduled ACCR, Inc. Listening Sessions

  • Saturday, September 25 , 2010, 1:00 p.m.
    Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (where Martin Luther King was pastor)

    This session includes a screening of Open Secret .

  • Monday, September 27 , 2010, 6:30 p.m.
    Comer Hall

    This session includes a screening of Open Secret .

  • Saturday, October 9, 2010
    Headland Harvest Day celebration, 7:00 p.m.
    Opus Nostrum Dinner Theatre

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2010
    Federated Women's Club, 11:00 a.m.

  • Sunday, October 24, 201
    Unitarian Universalist Church, 3:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2010
    Faulkner University, 9:00 a.m.

  • Tuesday, November 2, 2010
    Pell City Rotary Club lunch

  • Monday, November 15, 2010
    Samford University

    Graduate students at Samford

  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    Landmarks Foundation/Old Alabama Town headquarters building located at 301 Columbus Street in Montgomery (in the Old Alabama Town Section), 3:30 pm

  • Thursday, November 18, 2010
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    UAB - Heritage Hall, Room 102
    Students and faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Thursday, January 17, 2011
    ACCR Chapter Meeting
    Latham United Methodist Church

  • Saturday, February 5, 2011
    Purple Hearts Veterans Convention
    VFW Hall

  • Thursday, February 17, 2011
    Variosa Club Meeting

  • Saturday, May 21, 2011
    TV interview/conversation
    Jeff Ridgeway organizer

    For more information on any of these events and/or to schedule a Listening Session event in your community, please email Nancy Ekberg.