WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Movement (www.justicemovementnow.net) today called on Congress to immediately pass legislation authorizing a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on July 4, 2011.
The 111th Congress is working through the weekend before concluding its lame duck session next week. "This is an ideal moment for Congress to stand for justice and push forward a transformation of the American electoral system," says Dr. Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global Peace Action Network and the Global AIDS Alliance, whose recent speech helped spark the Justice Movement. "I call on Senate Majority Reid and Speaker Pelosi to pass this before Christmas."
A Constitutional Convention is permitted under Article V of the U.S. Constitution if approved by two-thirds of both the U.S. House and Senate. Among the proposals under consideration are transforming the Electoral College system for selecting a president, a legal requirement that all Americans vote in federal and state elections as a civic duty, and an overhaul of how all elections are financed.
Among the constitutional scholars who have agreed to serve on the Justice Movement Constitutional Convention Planning Committee is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law Professor Kermit (Kim) Roosevelt III – great, great grandson of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and is the author of The Myth of Judicial Activism. Professor Roosevelt also is a member of Human Rights Advisory Board at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
The Justice Movement is a group of committed, everyday Americans of varied backgrounds and political views who collaboratively are dedicated to galvanizing political action that attains measurable results for all Americans. It is not a political party, nor will it field any candidates. It seeks to educate the public on how to take back America so that our leaders serve the cause of Justice.
SOURCE The Justice Movement