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MONTGOMERY - David Perry is the new field director for Alabama Citizens
for Constitutional Reform.
Before joining ACCR, Perry worked as a policy analyst at the Urban
Institute in Washington. D.C. He is a native of Mobile and a graduate
of Duke University.
In making the announcement, Dr. Thomas Corts, chairman
of the non-partisan citizens group, said. Were thrilled
to have someone of Davids caliber on board. ACCR has redoubled
its efforts to give the people of Alabama a real opportunity to reform
their antiquated and unworkable constitution, and David will lead
us in a dramatic push to spread the news and increase membership.
Perrys primary responsibility at ACCR is membership
services and to foster grassroots activities. He will coordinate the
work of individual ACCR chapters and help new groups organize.
Corts said that ACCRs goal is to have chapters
in all 67 counties so every citizen can join in the move toward a
new constitution that would improve the quality of their lives while
protecting values they hold dear.
Meanwhile, ACCR has expanded its activities to support
the newly formed Alabama Citizens Commission for Constitutional
Reform. Sec. of State Jim Bennett is the groups chairman. The
commission will hold public meetings around the state and invite citizens
to share their views on the constitution and the reform process. The
first hearing will be in Huntsville July 15.
We are in this for the long run, Corts said.
Alabamians are confronting the reality that our 1901 constitution
is the source of many of our problems, and citizens of all races and
economic backgrounds will no longer allow themselves to be victims
of an outdated state charter. We will not rest until we have a new
constitution for a better Alabama.
Perry said that he was excited to be back in his home
state and working on such a critical issue.
Constitutional reform is a tremendous opportunity
and an absolute necessity for our state to move forward in the 21st
century, he said.
Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform
is a non-partisan, grassroots organization working to achieve a new
constitution for the state of Alabama. It was organized in the summer
of 2000 by citizens from across the state working to replace Alabamas
1901 constitution, the nations longest such document with over
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