This website was created with the conviction that government should be based on people’s fundamental rights. This purpose is in line with the dream of American revolutionaries as stated in the Declaration of Independence and is confirmed by the Ninth Amendment which reminds us that there are other retained rights not stated in the Constitution. Article5alive.org wants to help facilitate the calling of an Article Five Convention so that the rights of the Declaration of Independence and other significant rights can become part of the Constitution.
In particular, articl5alive.org favors the passage of those proposed amendments whose purpose is to ensure a meaningful representative democracy; including amendments to eliminate private money from public elections, to abolish the Electoral College, to prohibit the filibuster, and to abolish the presidential veto. A second goal of article5alive.org is to amend the Constitution to include all stated rights of the Declaration of Independence; among them, the rights to equality, democracy, safety, and happiness. A third goal of articlefivealive.org is to propose the passage of amendments to eliminate certain fundamental inequities of national scope, such as capital punishment and the exclusion of Island-Americans from presidential elections and representation in Congress.
Here, through an ongoing and continuing blog, the origins and meaning of human rights will be explained so the reader can understand their necessary importance to attaining a society in which all persons have the opportunity to achieve their full complement of mental, physical, emotional, and creative potentials.
We will recommend, with commentary, more than thirty substantial proposed amendments to the Constitution for consideration. We will also provide an ongoing poll/list of the 15 most popular proposed amendments by our readers; including the opportunity to vote for proposed amendments on the list and to write-in any changes or amendments they would like to see presented and passed at an Article Five Convention.
We hope that articlefivealive.org will assist readers to conclude that an Article Five Convention is needed for the proposal and passage of certain amendments to improve representative democracy and others to correct certain human rights deficiencies of the Constitution.
Because the Constitution requires 2/3 of state legislatures to call for an Article Five Convention, a huge and multi-faceted coalition will be required in order to attain one. We hope to lend assistance of informational and organizational value to events, gatherings, and protests directed towards achieving an Article Five Convention.
Hopefully, article5alive.org will add to your understanding of human rights and nudge you and other Americans to take action in furtherance of an Article Five Convention.
Auto-bio of a5a website creator and blogger Dennis Boaz
My work experience ranges from lumper to lawyer, banana and betel nut importer to high school teacher and union leader. I have also been an activist for marijuana legalization and federal voting rights for Island-Americans. Following a marital breakup in 1970, I began a search for self-awareness and purpose. Immersed in Berkeley’s New Age subculture of the early seventies, I discovered the foundational elements for a holistic matrix of individual consciousness. From that paradigm of consciousness, I developed a comprehensive body of human rights and then an organizational schematic based on human rights to use for the improvement of government, education, and business. With a sense that I had discovered a kind of holy grail for organizing an enlightened society, I committed myself to write a book on the seven rights. I was willing to go to unconventional lengths to publicize a seven rights manuscript, and, in January, 1976, I staged a publicized smoke-in San Francisco’s Federal Building as a protest against federal marijuana laws. Later that year I represented Gary Gilmore and successfully asked the Utah Supreme Court to remove a Stay of Execution so that Gilmore could be executed without appeal. Both attempts to gain publicity so I could promote a seven rights manuscript failed miserably. In 1985, after co-parenting for a year and a half, I returned to the full-time practice of law in Guam and Saipan–accompanied by my partner, Donna, and baby Sammantha. My government jobs involved both notoriety and controversy. I initiated and worked on a petition campaign that garnered 2200 signatures asking Congress to amend the Constitution twice; to abolish the Electoral College and to grant the presidential vote to all Island-Americans. From that experience, I realized Americans would need an Article Five Convention to have an authentic representative democracy. I finished another seven rights manuscript, but trashed it–too boring. Donna and Samm returned to California in mid-1997 and I followed seven months later. At our home in Geyserville, I continued to write on seven rights’ themes but, for various reasons, I was never satisfied and trashed what I had been writing. In 2001, I returned to school and a year later became a continuation high school teacher in Ukiah. Towards the end of my eight year teaching stint, I became a labor leader as a chairperson for both grievance and contract negotiations. Somehow, arising out of my union work, I became involved in another publicized controversy. I retired from teaching in 2010. In October, 2011, I got involved in an NYC Occupy web group (viral campaign for a constitutional convention) that mostly tilted at windmills. Finally I found the right format (for me) for completing a manuscript that became Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers; anticipated publication date of August, 2016. I, Donna, and our dog Finian live in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County.