Wednesday, June 28, 2017
A coalition of more than 100 groups from across the political spectrum has come together to oppose a convention which could drastically change our Constitution. New Yorkers Against Corruption is made up of an array of labor unions, liberal and conservative groups, and environmental organizations. The State AFL-CIO, the State Rifle and Pistol Association, Planned Parenthood, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Republican and Conservative Parties are among the groups making up the coalition. The coalition will run a "multifaceted" campaign starting with digital ads this week.
"I experienced the Constitutional Convention in 1967 and it was a disaster," said state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long. "Establishment politicians and Albany insiders will hijack the process and abuse their power as delegates." Many of the interest groups say they fear a constitutional convention could result in changes that hurt their respective causes.
"A constitutional convention would give well-funded special interests the ability to control a process that can negatively impact those rights including the right to organize, funding for education, and care for injured worker," said state AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento.