2009 Mock Constitution Convention Project

In Alabama, there is no larger impediment to economic prosperity, local governance and healing the wounds of the state’s racist past than the 1901 Alabama Constitution.  This outdated framework erodes education systems, discourages citizen involvement and creates an extraordinarily inefficient government.  Alabama can change its governing social contract through one of two ways: 1) by amending it or 2) through a constitution convention.  To date, voters have amended Alabama’s constitution over 800 times making it the longest state constitution in the world.  However, a growing number of individuals and organizations are supporting the constitution convention path which affords the best opportunity to address the fundamental flaws of the document. 

To educate the people of Alabama about a constitution convention process, as well as engage new people in the growing Constitutional Reform Movement, a mock constitution convention was held earlier this year. There were two face-to-face sessions with delegates from all 105 Alabama House Districts. These delegates represented a wide variety of demographics which more closely corresponds to the current make-up of Alabama's citizens than the delegates of the 1901 Constitutional Convention.  

The Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform (ACCR) Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization, worked with several partner groups to support this education initiative.  While the constitution that the 2009 Mock Convention created will have no legal status, it will help educate Alabamians about the injustices and inefficiencies embedded in our sixth constitution and, more importantly, show the type of modernized contract that people gathered today could create.

Click here to download the 2009 Mock Constitution which was unveiled at Alabama Constitution Village on August 27.

To schedule a delegate to make a presentation for your school, church, civic group, or business, please send an email to ACCRFoundation@constitutionalreform.org

The following is the convention resource page: http://www.constitutionalreform.org/conventionresources.shtml

To view the new documentary about the Mock Constitutional Convention, click here.

This project was funded in part by the grants from the following:

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Alabama Law Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • Southern Poverty Law Center