Reforms next move
Meeting here July 15 will continue the crusade to update Alabama's constitution
July 7, 2002
Those who feared - and the special
interests that hoped - that Alabama's grassroots efforts to rewrite
its constitution were dead will soon discover the reform movement's
demise has been greatly exaggerated.
Yes, the Legislature hemmed, hawed and did virtually nothing
about constitutional reform during its last session. But, then, it did
virtually nothing about anything constructive.
Legislators spent more time working on keeping their jobs
than doing the people's business.
But reformers, by nature, don't throw in the towel when
they meet adversity. So the Alabama Citizens for Constitution Reform
is getting ready again to rouse the public's voice so that even progress-deaf
legislators can't ignore the call for change.
Appropriately, the first of a series of public sessions
will be held in Huntsville. Even more appropriately, it will be held
in Constitution Village, where Alabama's first set of statewide laws
was drafted in 1819.
The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15. Every
citizen who cares about the future of Alabama and can attend the meeting
should do so.
This meeting, one of several to be held around the state,
is part of a two-pronged effort. First, organizers want more suggestions
from the public. They also want to compile research that shows how other
states have instituted reforms and how their work could be used in addressing
Alabama's unique challenges.
You'll get to hear what others think about issues like
more local control of governmental functions and how to revise the state
tax system so that the rich and powerful don't continue to put the burden
of paying for state services on the poor. And you'll get to offer your
After hearing your neighbors and the research reports,
we think you'll want to join the crusade to return power and decision-making
to the people. If you haven't delved deeply into the issue, you should.
An informed citizen makes the best choice.
The power brokers and entrenched interests have held sway
in Alabama for more than 100 years. They love the status quo, which
in Alabama has meant inadequate education, low wages, environmental
pillage and the like.
Just your showing up will worry the power crowd to no end.
That might be reason enough to go. But it's also more than likely that
hearing the truth about the need for reform will convince you to join
the battle to modernize Alabama.
And when that happens with enough people, all the lobbyists
in Montgomery won't be able to keep the archaic, ineffective constitution
of 1901 from becoming the reformed constitution of this millennium.
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