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Open the States is a website associated with Convention of States, also known as Convention of States Action, [1] [2] [3] an "ad-hoc coalition" of individuals who want government to end some or all of the restrictions on economic activity and public life that were imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. [4] Convention of States Action's parent organization is Citizens for Self-Governance. [4] According to Politico , "The Convention of States' efforts are among several national conservative groups, such as FreedomWorks, that have helped organize anti-lockdown protests across the country." [2] Center for Media and Democracy said Citizens for Self-Governance "does business as the Convention of States Foundation (COSF)"; [1] Boston University's BU Today stated "Convention of States created a sock puppet organization called Open the States to hide their role in the campaign". [5]


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  1. 1 2 Alex Kotch (April 22, 2020), Groups Aligned with Right-Wing Megadonors Are Promoting Coronavirus Protests, Center for Media and Democracy, Convention of States Action (COSA) is a project of the right-wing nonprofit, Citizens for Self-Governance, and has a web page devoted to its new initiative, "Open the States".
  2. 1 2 Tina Nguyen (April 24, 2020), How a tea party-linked group plans to turbocharge lockdown protests, Politico
  3. Isaac Stanley-Becker and Tony Romm (April 22, 2020). "Inside the conservative networks backing anti-quarantine protests". The Washington Post via MSN.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. 1 2 Lissandra Villa (April 22, 2020). "How Some Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Being Promoted by National Players With Ties to Trump". Time .
  5. Rich Barlow (April 24, 2020). "Could Anti-Lockdown Protests in the United States Help Trump Win This Fall?". BU Today. Boston University.

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