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American Promise leads the cross-partisan, fifty-state campaign for the 28th Amendment so that people, not money, govern America. The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution replaces the Supreme Court’s doctrine of political inequality and systemic corruption, reflected in decisions such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, with foundational American principles of equal citizenship and representation and safeguards against concentrated power. (More on the Amendment here).

We are thousands of service-oriented Americans in every State who back up our commitment to government of, for, and by the People with our membership in American Promise. We also are grateful to our cross-partisan National Advisory Council of prominent leaders, our growing governing Board, and our talented staff. The 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is the way. And we are well on our way!

Join us.

AP Council

American Promise assembled the first cross-partisan Advisory Council to speak for the 28th amendment. These American leaders represent thoughtful viewpoints from a variety of political, economic, and demographic perspectives.

 

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
Concord, MA

“Five years after Citizens United, it is time to accept the historical gravity of our situation. It is time for Americans of all political viewpoints to come together to win the 28th Amendment — and to renew U.S. democracy again.”

 

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Nina Turner

Former Ohio State Senator, Professor of History
Cleveland, OH

“I applaud American Promise for bringing together people of good conscience from all political spectrums to stand up and say that, what we care about as everyday people is in peril if we don’t get concentrated money out of American politics. We can regain power in a representative democracy through The Constitution. I believe that we can do this, because - in our history - every time change has come it is from the grassroots not the grass tops. Down with Citizens United and up with the 28th Amendment!”

 

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John Pudner

Executive Director, Take Back Our Republic
Auburn, AL

"The roar of special interest money has been getting louder for decades, and it's now drowning out the free speech of individual citizens. I'm honored to be working with Jeff and the rest of the American Promise Advisory Council toward a constitutional amendment that will help restore government 'by the people' and giving voters a chance to secure our Constitutional values."

 

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Ben Cohen

Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Head Stamper at www.StampStampede.org
Burlington, VT

"Democracy is the triple-deluxe droolworthy idea that the people can govern and be governed in turn, that We the People are the author and the subject of the law. But that idea is under threat from millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations who use their money to buy access and influence in Washington. But we can fight back. That’s why I’m literally stamping money out of politics and teaming up with American Promise to win a 28th Amendment to restore our democracy."

 

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Donnel Baird

Entrepreneur, Founder BlocPower
New York, NY

“We need to strengthen our democracy if we want good jobs with good wages, energy sources that are renewable and affordable, and strong, resilient communities. That means we need to win the 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore equal citizenship and liberty for all.”

 

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Jim Leach

Fmr. Congressman (R-Iowa); fmr. Chair of the National Endowment For the Humanities
Iowa City, IA

“Citizens United has genetically altered our democratic DNA, pushing American politics in an oligarchic, corporatist direction. The Constitution begins 'We the people' not 'We the corporations.' ”

 

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James Nelson

Justice, Montana Supreme Court (Ret).
Helena, MT

 “The original framers were highly distrustful of the power of corporations. I suspect that the framers would be appalled at Citizens United. We the People—each of us—are only the most recent generation of Americans who have been called upon to defend the framers’ vision of a Constitutional government Of the People, By the People, and For the People. That responsibility is now ours.”

 

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Matt Patsky

CEO, Trillium Asset Management
Boston, MA

 “It did not take 20 years in private industry for me to learn that corporations are not people. This is not to say that people are good and corporations are bad; they are just different. We, the people of Massachusetts, are ready for Congress to propose, and send to the states for ratification, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will negate Citizens United and restore the democratic process for all Americans.”

 

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Mike Dukakis

Fmr. Governor of Massachusetts; Democratic Nominee for President
Boston, MA

 “Where in the Constitution does it say that money is speech? The new 'right' of the few to spend unlimited money in our elections imperils our democracy and all of our rights as equal citizens. Americans must come together to win the 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United and renew the promise of America.”

 

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Kahlil Byrd

CEO, Invest America Fund; entrepreneur; leader of cross-partisan initiatives such as Americans Elect
New York, NY

 “We are entering the most important era of reform in decades. Americans are far ahead of our leaders in embracing the need for change right now. Building support for the 28th Amendment through American Promise is giving regular people a focused and real vehicle to reduce the influence of the corporate and union money that is driving so much of our political system.”

 

Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson

President, Auburn Theological Seminary
New York, NY

 “The time for hand wringing and anxious complaints is long past. Just as the prophets cried out, it is time for us to support campaign finance overhaul. To that end, ministers, rabbis and nuns, priests, imams, and theologians across the U.S. are joining forces, calling out the dangers of unchecked money in our elections and advocating for large-scale reform.”

 

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Ella McGrail

High School Student
Portsmouth, NH

 "Our country is still waging its long war against inequality in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and financial status. Milestones of our progress on these struggles can be seen in the amendments we've made over time to our Constitution. At this moment in history, I think the best step we can take towards a more perfect union is creating an amendment that will put a stop to the corrupting influence of money in politics. Once the money in your wallet no longer has an effect on how well your government represents you, we will have taken another great step towards equality."

 

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Joe Kearns Goodwin

US Army Veteran (Iraq, Afghanistan); businessperson; Executive Director, National Service Now
Boston, MA

 “American Promise is about our equal rights and our equal responsibilities. As citizens, we should be expected to do more than pay taxes and obey the law. All Americans should be given the opportunity to serve so that we learn to move past personal differences to achieve a higher common goal. I’m glad to join Americans who are answering the call to work together to defend democracy against the corruption of concentrated money and power.”

 

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Bob Monks

Executive, Author
Cape Elizabeth, ME

 “If Americans are determined to keep our republic, we have a lot of work to do. We need to join and support the broad-based, non-partisan movement for a constitutional amendment to correct the Supreme Court’s disastrous mistake in Citizens United, and to enable sweeping campaign finance and lobbying reform.”

 

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Jack Doty

Partner
San Francisco, CA

 “It is always people, of course. And those who have garnered wealth often end up controlling outdated resources - and are fearful of the loss of power the recognition of that obsolescence implies. Using that wealth to maintain power often builds oligarchies that inhibit growth and deny the future. Worse, those oligarchies deny the basis of the Great Experiment, American Democracy: the faith in and trust of the voice of each individual. Our democracy is at stake: its loss will be the result of good people doing nothing. What consolation in knowing that there is the 28th Amendment - and American Promise forwarding the process towards its adoption!”

 

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Tamara Piety

Professor of Law
Tulsa, OK

 "The Supreme Court’s creation of First Amendment speech rights for commercial entities imperils public health, safety, and welfare; the reliability of commercial and consumer information; the stability of financial markets; and environmental stability. The 28th Amendment will help shift the balance of power between capital and the people and the people’s ability to legislate for the common good.”

 

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John Coates

Professor
Cambridge, MA

 "The 28th Amendment will reduce pressure on companies to spend money on elections and politics, and allow business leaders to remain focused on growing the economy. They can return to making good products, providing good services, and generating returns for shareholders, and they will have less need to divert resources and dilute strategies in a mutually destructive effort to win a large slice of a fixed governmentally-provided pie. In short, the amendments will be good not only for individual voters, but for America’s best companies as well.”

 

FAQ's

What’s the problem?

“Big money in politics”, “public officials have sold us out”, “the system is rigged against us.” The concentrated financial influence of special interests in our politics is the number one problem our nation faces, and the survival of American democracy is on the line if we choose not to act.

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Our Constitution guarantees the proposition that all people are created equal. No entity – be it a global corporation, international union, or political party - can take away the inherent rights of human beings. Our American birthright is built on that fundamental assurance.

We have been living through a decades-long trend where global corporations and special interests have been gaining “super-citizen” status. Citizens United v. FEC is a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that says: 1) corporations have the same rights as humans, 2) limitless political spending is the same as free speech, and 3) Americans CANNOT set limits on political spending. A secret 1971 memo by Justice Lewis Powell tells how this started.

Why is a Constitutional amendment the solution?

An amendment is the way to rebuild the foundation of American democracy by allowing the American people to set common sense limits on political spending. Right now, we are prohibited from setting limits to outside money in our politics. The 28th Amendment is the first step to securing American democracy for people.

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Several individual measures toward disclosure, contribution limits, and greater government transparency have had support as high as 86% of the voters, which affirms the overwhelming support for reform. However, each measure is always at risk of being swept away by a change in the political winds.

Why should I support American Promise?

American Promise is built for the sole purpose of winning the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Working state-by-state as the multiplier, amplifier, and accelerator of energy toward the 28th Amendment, American Promise:

  1. equips all Americans to act locally - any party, every citizen, all voices;
  2. networks all of us nationally – online and real-time on a secure member platform called AP Connect™; and
  3. mobilizes us when and where there is an event or vote to secure control of our lives by setting reasonable spending limits on special interests.

American Promise provides the infrastructure, the Constitutional rigor, and the fierce cross-partisanship that can deliver the amendment. While we focus on winning and ratifying the 28th Amendment, we applaud and support the efforts other democracy advocates as well.

Isn’t it up to the Supreme Court to decide what the Constitution means?   

Yes and No. The highest court in the land deliberates and rules on cases by interpreting the Constitution, and we respect that. But the Supreme Court has been dangerously wrong at times:

  • Denying any human rights of African Americans
  • Denying the right of women to vote
  • Blocking many Americans from voting by way of a poll tax
  • Denying young people drafted into the Armed Services the right to vote

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Ultimately, We the People are responsible for our national Constitution. Our country’s Founders included Article V in the Constitution to enable Americans to pass and ratify amendments. The American People have used this mechanism for all 27 Amendments to date, including the Bill of Rights. It is worth noting that 8 of the 27 amendments reversed Supreme Court decisions.

What will the 28th Amendment say?

To begin, it is essential to know what the 28th Amendment will do: 1) secure fair, free elections; 2) protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation; and 3) return to original liberties for people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests. 

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As for what the 28th Amendment will say, American Promise is leading the year-long effort to build national consensus around the most effective amendment language. We are bringing Americans from all walks of life together with law professors, attorneys, former judges and Constitutional experts for deliberation and debate. In addition to online and other forms of research and deliberation, we will continue to organize public meetings and citizen roundtable discussions, as we did at the first National Citizen Leadership Conference. To make this process most effective, American Promise has refrained from endorsing any specific amendment bill, while we applaud and facilitate continued progress in Congress.

We will continue to bring many more Americans into the deliberations and debate. We’re confident that we will get the best, most effective Amendment language in a timely manner consistent with our roadmap for passage and ratification of the 28th Amendment.

The 28th Amendment is making good progress and several solid versions already are pending in Congress. These are a good start. Among the several versions of the amendment are pending in Congress, this one received 54 votes in the US Senate in the last Congress, and was reintroduced in the House (167 co-sponsors) and Senate (44 co-sponsors): 

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.    

Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/5/text

This version of the amendment also has some support (22 co-sponsors in the House) - https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-joint-resolution/48/text 

We include different amendments on AP Connect, a member service of American Promise. For access to AP Connect,  join American Promise here. If you have other questions, suggestions, or want to share your story, please let us know! Drop us a line at info@americanpromise.net

What’s the process for a Constitutional amendment?

The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a convention of the states called by Congress upon request by two-thirds of the State legislatures.

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Once an Amendment is passed, it must be ratified by three-fourths of the states. Though it is reasonable to wonder if Congress and the States can manage to do this, all 27 amendments of our Constitution have passed by 2/3 of Congress and been ratified by 3/4 of the States. It’s what Americans do: watch this.

How do we get the consensus - the super-majority - needed for the 28th Amendment when the country is so divided?

Amendments are born in times of turmoil. Since the 2010 ruling, millions of Americans, 18 states, and 800 cities and towns have battled successfully for resolutions to overturn Citizens United.  We enjoy overwhelming agreement across the political spectrum that we must stop money from killing our democracy and American Promise trains us to begin on common ground in conversations with neighbors and friends.

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The 28th Amendment has been gathering momentum one citizen, one town, one county, and one state at a time – in millions of conversations. When resolutions to overturn Citizens United qualify for the ballot, they win and win BIG - in red and blue territory. The outsized influence of hidden money in our government has no party limit; Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are equally complicit in taking money from special interest groups to write laws that benefit those groups. The vast majority of Americans are in favor of the 28th Amendment, and we’re already well on our way.

Couldn’t we just elect the right President to appoint the right Supreme Court justices to overturn Citizens United?

There is no right President, and Supreme Court Justices come and go. Political winds change. It is the American people who secure our will via the Constitution with an amendment that reflects that will. There are many well-intended approaches to the problem of money in politics but amending the Constitution is the only way to preserve, protect, and defend an effective democracy for the people. Once and for all.

What is American Promise’s political affiliation?

We are Americans of all parties and no party. We insist on a cross-partisan balance in all we undertake, from our National Advisory Council to our affiliation with the Bridge Alliance, from our local American Promise Associations, to our speakers at our events such as the National Citizen Leadership Conference.

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The 28th Amendment is a universal goal. American Promise looks beyond political leanings because amendments require cooperation and hard work across the country and across the aisle. With support of most Americans, we are winning. 

Is American Promise a non-profit?

Yes. We provide educational resources and activities through American Promise, Inc. a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We provide grass-roots membership activities and, people-powered advocacy through American Promise Initiative, Inc., a non-profit corporation under section 501 (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Are AP Citizenship membership fees and donations tax-deductible?

Contributions are not tax-deductible. This is because AP Citizen dues must go into American Promise Initiative for “grassroots lobbying” that holds our political representatives accountable. You can become a member of American Promise here.  In addition, we gratefully accept tax-deductible donations for our educational activities here

AP Associations

American Promise is both local and national network. We have an exciting nationwide strategy and clear plan for victory. The success of our strategy does not depend on Washington lobbyists or online petitions — it depends on you and your community.

Local: American Promise serves and supports citizen action where you live. You are never alone. We provide you with a structure of support and training through our Civic Courage program so you can take community action with friends and neighbors in American Promise Associations (APAs) near you. If you or someone you know is interested in starting an American Promise Association in your community, contact Ben Gubits at beng@americanpromise.net.

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National: Our digital platform, AP Connect™ networks AP members and APAs to each other. This collaborative model helps newcomers get up to speed wherever they are in the country - in person and online. Curated content, legislative updates, and on-going conversations are all part of AP Connect.

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Our Team

AP Board

 

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Jeff Clements

President and Board Member

 

 Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff 

Alicia Cleary

Alicia Cleary

Board Member

    

 Alicia is an analytical, creative and entrepreneurial leader with proven experience in developing, implementing and directing business development initiatives across across sectors, multi-stakeholders levels and diverse communities, including Greater Boston, South East Asia, South & Central America, and Europe. Most recently the founder and CEO of Arts2You in the Boston area, Alicia has extensive experience in the business and non-profit sectors, including operations, strategy and business development and marketing.

 

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John Wass

Board Chair

 

John is a corporate executive and entrepreneur whose body of work includes leadership in the early days of Staples, one of America’s most well-known office supply retailers. He helped expand the company from 3 stores to over 1000 outlets. He managed development programs including a prototype store, the B2B business unit, and a $10B global supply chain. John also co-founded and built a state-of-the-art healthcare information company, which he sold to Cardinal Healthcare. He now serves as CEO of Profit Isle, Inc.

 

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Michele Sutter

Board Member

 

Michele is a teacher, former story editor at HBO, theater artist, and producer who co-founded Money Out, Voters In, (MOVI) in California: a non-partisan, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the establishment of a 28th Amendment.With Michele’s dedication, MOVI’s efforts were critical to the passage of a Los Angeles municipal ballot measure calling for an amendment resolution and in 2016, her team led the campaign for the successful statewide Proposition 59 in California that instructed elected officials to vote to overturn Citizens United v. FEC.

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Jeff Clements

President and Board Member

Jeff, an attorney, is a founder and President of American Promise. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. In his legal career, he has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. In 2012, He founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy in New England. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff 

Ben Gubits

Associate Director

A native of Colorado, Ben comes to American Promise with significant experience both in business and in organizing, public policy and Citizen education and engagement. He has worked as Senior Sourcing Specialist with Monster.com, and previously served as Director of Professional Development with the National Council of History Education in Washington, D.C. Ben was Regional Field Director in a 2014 gubernatorial campaign, and has been an organizer in several campaigns. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and is currently a candidate for his Masters in Public Administration at Suffolk University in Boston.

Susan Muller

Events and Operations Director

Recognized as a reliable, energetic, and organized entrepreneur with strong business and leadership skills Susan is the Events and Operations Director at American Promise. Raised in Wisconsin, she earned her BA from Wheaton College and her MBA from Babson College. Susan started her career at Bank of New England, where she performed various roles including VP of Credit Services. Over the next fifteen years, Susan took her creative flair and strong graphics background to found and operate Custom Signs, Inc., and provided a full range of signage media to businesses and individuals. For the past six years, she was Tea Forté’s Trade Show Manager. In 2016 Susan joined American Promise to dedicate her strong promotional, business, and interpersonal skills to further a cause in which she believes.

Brian Muldoon

Digital Director

As a former Executive Director as well as Field and Data Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Brian has developed experience in, and a love for, community organizing and grassroots campaigning. After leaving the Party, Brian received his J.D. from Suffolk University, held a senior staff position on the Martha Coakley campaign as a leader of its field and data program, and served for the past few years as a consultant on a wide range of political and issue oriented campaigns. Brian comes to American Promise with the goal of committing his political campaign experience to the cause of ending big money in politics. 

Joyce Sanchez

Citizen Empowerment Coordinator

From White House intern to Ohio Field Organizer, Joyce has dedicated herself to the betterment of our government and communities. As a freshman in college, she founded The 100 Collegiate Women of America, an empowerment organization that keeps women's rights and community service at its core. She graduated with over 250 hours of community service, having zealously given her time volunteering at home and abroad. In 2007, Joyce knocked on her first door for a campaign, in 2016 she graduated from Georgia Southern University, and today, is excited to help end Citizens United as part of the Citizen Engagement team at American Promise.

Johannes Epke

Counsel

From his previous work on the 28th Amendment with Move To Amend, Johannes will oversee the organization of Writing the 28th Amendment (an interactive collaborative citizen project), add legal support to the ballot initiative and legislative initiatives in the Citizens Uprising, monitor and track our legislator scorecard and Congressional and State vote-count, and expand resources and information about for citizen leaders. Johannes is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, and has practiced environmental law in California. 

Azor Cole

Citizen Empowerment Coordinator

Azor’s experience as a journalist fostered his skepticism towards concentrated power, and spurred his interest in campaign finance reform. His work has appeared in The Daily Orange, The Syracuse New Times, and Envirogorge. As an intern with Public Citizen, he produced blog posts, ghost-wrote op-eds, and coordinated with an active volunteer community to enact public interest reforms. As the Citizen Empowerment Coordinator for American Promise, Azor looks forward to working with the patriotic citizenry of this country to pass the 28th Amendment and right the fundamental wrong that corporations are, constitutionally, considered people. Azor is a graduate of Syracuse University. 

Martha Stone

Advisor

Martha has created a body of work in marketing, development, and communications over 20 years in San Francisco, Baltimore, and Boston. Her interest is in the versatility of the written voice and the power of visual storytelling to create emotional connection and motivate action.  With a degree in English from Williams College, Stone has served as consultant, editor, strategist, artist, and humorist. Working for American Promise is one way she honors her parents’ service in the last century, and models acts of engaged citizenship for her children who will inherit this one. 

 

News

We are hiring!

American Promise is leading the national cross-partisan campaign to win the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so that people not money govern America. 

American Promise celebrates the diversity of our nation and seeks to build a team that reflects that diversity. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that vision. 

We are currently seeking to fill the following roles: Citizen Empowerment Coordinator, Development and Operations Coordinator, and Law Fellow. Details for all positions below.  


Citizen Empowerment Coordinator

American Promise is leading the national cross-partisan campaign to win the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so that people not money govern America. We’re hiring a Citizen Empowerment Coordinator to work with our Associate Director of Citizen Engagement and the rest of our team in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Our country and democracy have been taken over by concentrated money and unbalanced power of global corporations and special interests.  American Promise is leading a national cross-partisan citizen uprising to fix this once and for all with the 28th Amendment.

We match our effective national strategy with state and local action, and we empower all Americans to participate as citizens together in this historic work. We’re people-powered, and our membership model enables us to succeed with a big strategy, powerful support for connected, networked local grassroots support, professional execution, and focused leadership.

In our first year, American Promise built out citizen action nodes in every corner of the country; helped win 28th Amendment ballot initiatives in Washington and California; created powerful content about the American democracy crisis and the 28th Amendment solution; and brought 300 citizen leaders from 40 states to Washington DC for the National Citizen Leadership Conference, the first national cross-partisan gathering to advance the 28th Amendment.

Responsibilities of the Citizen Empowerment Coordinator

The position requires a significant amount of calling volunteers and a candidate who is outgoing, persistent, personable, organized, and determined.

  • Launching Groups: Identifying hosts who will build inviting teams, lead inviting team calls, support the inviting process, lead the group start workshops, and the follow-up new group trainings.
  • Supporting Groups: Organizing the logistics, content, and inspiration for the monthly conference calls/webinars, leading twice-monthly team leader calls, and preparing action sheets and other materials.
  • Communications, logistics and support for launch, build-out and growth of our Citizen Engagement Program;
  • Meet metrics for citizen actions (petitions, letters to editor, legislator contract, public events, phone banks, signature drives, house benefit parties, etc.);
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with AP Citizens interested in setting up new American Promise Associations (APAs) in their communities, assist with build-out of APAs;
  • Nurture existing relationships with APA leaders to ensure effective and empowering support for sustained action;
  • Help meet metrics for new members & supporters
  • Develop and implement training programs with American Promise volunteers;
  • Manage Ready to Ratify™ metrics for each APA and States;
  • Execute assigned initiatives and benchmarks, including content and incentives to help members of the project initiate, build, and sustain local action.
  • Digital services support - data entry, communications and social media.
  • Participate and expand participation on American Promise’s proprietary, membership social network - AP Connect
  • Build/maintain database of national, state, local organizations in 28th Amendment work
  • Assist with other tasks as required.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Commitment to the cause and goals of American Promise;
  • Experience in a position of similar complexity and responsibility, particularly in public interest organizing and/or business;
  • Meaningful experience with political or ballot initiative campaigns;
  • Excellent time management and organization skills;
  • Ability to train and instruct volunteers;
  • Excellent listening and communication (written and verbal) skills;
  • Strong organizational, management, and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in setting and achieving measurable targets, managing teams, and coordinating stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle multiple priority projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to execute strategic goals and work effectively with regional and local leaders.
  • Enjoys working with varied members of the general public.
  • Ability to thrive in a start-up environment and work independently.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.

To Apply

To apply, send an email with a cover letter and resume to Jeff Clements (jeffc@americanpromise.net) with a cc to Ben Gubits (beng@americanpromise.net)  and Susan Muller (susanm@americanpromise.net).

American Promise celebrates the diversity of our nation and seeks to build a team that reflects that diversity. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that vision.


Development and Operations Coordinator

About the Non Profit Organization:

American Promise seeks a part-time Development and Operations Coordinator to join American Promise (http://www.americanpromise.net/), a non-profit organization leading the national cross-partisan campaign to win the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so that people, not money, govern America. The Development and Operations Coordinator will join a small team of professionals who are responsible for working with American Promise members and major donors to support and facilitate our fundraising and operations (24 to 32 hrs. per week) in Concord, Massachusetts.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Development and Operations Coordinator will report to the Events and Operations Director and have bookkeeping, events, organizational, and interpersonal skills to support American Promise’s (AP) cross-partisan strategy to help raise money for and win the 28th Amendment and fight corruption of our democracy from political spending by global corporations, unions, Super PACs and the super-wealthy. 

Other Responsibilities:

  • Match and input income and expenses into our QuickBooks Online accounting system
  • Compile AP Folders, print handouts, and ensure sales and promotional items are delivered on - time for meetings and events
  • Work with Fundraising team on tracking fundraising campaign plans, tasks, organizing benefit logistics
  • Help draft, prepare, process, and track grant proposals
  • Fulfill, ship and track on-line store orders in a timely fashion
  • Track sales and inventory of on-line store items including Mass Sales Tax payables
  • Process and distribute mail and phone calls at Concord headquarters
  • Order books, promotional materials, business cards, and on-line store items
  • Secure venues, food and logistics for meetings and events as requested
  • Help ensure success of our National Citizen Leadership Conference
  • Assist with other tasks as requested. 

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for American Promise, the 28th Amendment, and our goals
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with strong academic performance
  • Experience with bookkeeping and invoicing - use of QuickBooks a plus
  • Solid writing and communication skills - fundraising experience a plus
  • Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
  • Ability to multi-task and set priorities in a fast paced, start-up environment
  • Highly organized with the ability to work independently

Job Type: Part-time

Job Location: Concord, MA

Education Requirements: Bachelor’s

To Apply:

To apply, send an email with cover letter and resume to Susan Muller, Events and Operations Director (susanm@americanpromise.net).

American Promise celebrates the diversity of our nation and seeks to build a team that reflects that diversity. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that vision.


Law Fellow Program

American Promise is seeking to add one or more Law Fellows to our team in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The American Promise Law Fellow Program offers an opportunity for qualified law students and attorneys to engage in constitutional research, writing and advocacy to advance American Promise’s cross- partisan campaign to win the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so that people, not money govern America.

The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will replace the Supreme Court’s doctrine of political inequality, reflected in decisions such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, with foundational American principles of equal citizenship and representation and safeguards against systemic corruption.

Responsibilities

  • Provide legal research, analysis, writing, and other support for American Promise’s Writing the 28th Amendment program (http://www.americanpromise.net/writing_the_28th_amendment);
  • Engage in research regarding constitutional, campaign finance, election and corporate law as directed by the president or counsel of American Promise;
  • Assist in the drafting of a series of white papers, op-eds, FAQs and other communications.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Current 2L, 3L, or admission to Bar;
  • Strong academic record and passion for constitutional law;
  • Outstanding writing skills;
  • Commitment to the cause and goals of American Promise;
  • Ability to thrive in a start-up environment and work independently;
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.

While the American Promise Law Fellow Program provides unparalleled experience, it does not have the budget to provide compensation. In appropriate circumstances, a modest stipend could be provided.

To apply, send an email with a cover letter and resume to Jeff Clements (jeffc@americanpromise.net) with a cc to Johannes Epke (johannese@americanpromise.net) and Susan Muller (susanm@americanpromise.net).

American Promise celebrates the diversity of our nation and seeks to build a team that reflects that diversity. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that vision.