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Article V Citizens Initiative
Citizen Guardian is conducting a grassroots citizens initiative to build momentum for a Constitutional process that gives states more power to turn back legislation and regulations of an over-reaching federal government. The Madison Amendment effort is gaining support across the country to add such a method to the Constitution that gives states exactly this ability. In order to pressure legislatures and Congress to support the Madison Amendment, Citizen Guardian is promoting the existing authority given the states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, where 2/3rds of the states, upon application to Congress, can initiate a Constitutional convention process. Though there has been only one constitutional convention in 1787, many state legislatures have subsequently made application to Congress for another convention, however none has been called by Congress. A number of organizations and citizens have renewed their efforts to support the Madison Amendment and harness Article V that the Founders wisely included for states and their citizens as a protection against an over-reaching federal government. Because 3/4ths of the states must ratify amendments proposed by the convention, there is little prospect of a 'runaway' convention. In fact, only 17 amendments have been issued by and ratified in the 235 years since the first convention. However, Congress and the state legislatures must feel the pressure for a Convention in order to support the Madison Amendment. Click here to read Article V...
Open Border Crisis Campaign
Citizen Guardian believes that a secure border is essential to a safe America and our war on terror. But that safety is jeopardized by criminals illegally crossing the board, many with ties to known terrorist and gang organizations. Citizen Guardian is launching a program to pressure legislative representatives and other government leaders to enforce current and enact new laws that call for expanded support and resources for America's border patrol and expanded role of local law enforcement in prosecuting the war against terrorists, criminals and drug lords crossing America's borders.
Engaged Citizen Initiative Launched to Encourage Resilient Communities
Engaged Citizenís mission is to improve the security of the nation by increasing community resiliency through public/private initiatives that foster innovation, cross-sector collaboration, regional potential & excellence, and public-sector entrepreneurship that leverage the capabilities & assets of local stakeholders and empower constituencies supportive of legislative, legal & administrative policies and efforts which embrace and promote commitments to energy creation, economic growth and sustainable development (read more...)
LTE and emergency response
January 2012: Last Year, Broadcast Engineering reported that the FCC had "approved a proposal that will require LTE technology to be used for public safety mobile broadband networks used by first responders." The technology, commonly called 4G, is now being tested by emergency responders, technology companies and other groups for its interoperability capabilities. In Florida, for instance, Verizon Wireless has rolled out a $205 million 4G LTE wireless network in 14 markets.
Promoting Local Low Powered Community Radio
January 2012: Almost one year ago exactly, the Obama administration signed into law the "Local Community Radio Act" which allowed smaller community radio stations the ability to broadcast to their communities. At the forefront of the push to give greater radio access to communities is the Prometheus Radio Project. Their efforts help to create local communities of radio broadcasters which could help to disseminate information quickly in the event of a disaster.
Infrastructure, Climate Change and the Economy: Part 1 - Infrastructure Investment
February 11, 2011: Investment in infrastructure to meet the challenges posed by global climate change may spur economic growth and promote stability, a group of British engineering firms said recently. According to the BBC a new report found that communities will need "an infrastructure system that is more resilient to climate change. This will require Government, the public and private sectors and professional sectors such as engineers to come together and proactively meet the challenge of creating a climate resilient infrastructure system for the country."
Infrastructure, Climate Change and the Economy: Part 2 - The Cost of Climate Change
February 11, 2011: With the global climate shifting, national, state and local governments and communities are beginning to feel the effects of catastrophic weather (Australia's flooding and the rise of global food prices). In 2009, the University of Oregon released a study looking at the cost of environmental change to the communities in state of Washington. The report found that "If nothing is done to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Washington is likely to experience some $3.8 billion in associated annual costs -- including $1.3 billion in health related costs alone."
Infrastructure, Climate Change and the Economy: Part 3 - Measuring GDP vs GPI
February 11, 2011: Early last year, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced new plans for a state-run program which helps policy makers and citizens accurately measure Maryland's standard of living. The Genuine Progress Indicator, an online tool, uses the health of the environment and society as indicators with traditional economic calculations to find an overall grade. "Just as the elements of our natural world must be balanced to ensure a healthy ecosystem," O'Mally said, "so too must be the elements of how we judge our success as a State. A strong economy, a clean environment and a healthy citizenry go hand in hand; none can be a true measure of success without supporting the other two."