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The Convention of States Handbook is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever!  The team here at COS has been working nonstop to bring you a more helpful, more accessible introduction to our project.  Gone are the endless blocks of plain text and dense legalese.  Now the handbook explains the complexities of Article V with simplicity and elegance (and pictures!).

A few of the new features include,

  • Table to Contents, allowing you to find the information you’re looking for quickly and easily.
  • Big, bold section titles.
  • Pull-out quotes, giving you an at-a-glance summary of each section.
  • A brand new section describing how we know how a COS would operate.
  • An excerpt from Prof. Rob Natelson’s article detailing the history of interstate conventions.


To download the new handbook, simply visit our website.  A dialog box will prompt you to input some information.  (Don’t worry! Your information is secure, and Citizens for Self-Governance won’t share it with anyone.)  Once you’ve completed all the fields, your download will begin automatically.  Or, you can click on “Convention of States Handbook” in the Citizen’s Toolkit and follow the same process.

We’re excited to give you this new tool for spreading the word about the COS Project.  Our goal was to make the Handbook more user-friendly and more interesting, and we think we’ve succeeded!  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@conventionofstates.com.

And if you’re ready to take the next step—if you’re ready to take a stand for self-governance—we encourage you to sign up for a leadership or non-leadership position.  We’re still looking for volunteers, so sign up today!

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Jordan Sillars