Citizen Uprising Events

American Promise is taking the Citizen Uprising on the road! Find an event near you below where American Promise will be launching the Citizen Uprising around the country.

Don't see an event near you? Help us set one up! Email Azor Cole at azorc@americanpromise.net to get started.

  • Democracy is Brewing - Portland, ME American Promise Association Launch

    Tired of big donors and special interests calling the shots?  

    Join us to help get money out of politics! 

     

    Whether your issue is the opioid crisis, the $21 trillion national debt, a healthy economy where businesses have an equal chance to compete, the rights of states to make their own election laws, or affordable healthcare, in order to win meaningful lasting reform, we must fix our constitution first so our government serves people, not lobbyists and campaign donors. 

    Join American Promise co-founder and President, Jeff Clements, and Outreach Manager, Wambui Gatheru, at the Portland, ME American Promise Association launch event for a free informational meeting to learn more about how to tackle this issue by winning a 28th Amendment. 

    Become a grassroots leader in breaking the dominance of money in politics that corrupts our government, not only to pass the 28th Amendment, but to make sure our elected officials know people - not money, not corporations, not super PACs - govern the citizens of these United States.  

    This informational meeting, led by AP's Outreach Manager Wambui Gatheru, will cover:

    - What the 28th Amendment does and how to talk about it

    - How to develop the political will needed to ratify a 28th Amendment

    - How to speak effectively about the need for a 28th Amendment

    - Actions you can take

    - How to plan for additional learning

    It's hard to know what's true in the he said/she said swirl of our current news cycles. What is real and dangerous is the grip of big money on American politics. Encouragingly, Americans are pushing back on this corruption and are ready to win the 28th Amendment together! Please join this cross-partisan effort to reclaim our democracy and RSVP now!

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Stroudwater Distillery in Portland, ME
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  • Democracy is Brewing - Auburn, ME

    Tired of big donors and special interests calling the shots?  

    Join us to help get money out of politics! 

     

    Midterms are over but our civic duty is not. Maine just had one of the most expensive midterms elections in history. This is the new normal in the post Citizens United world, but with your help we can end the domination of big money in our elections with a nationwide movement for political equality. 

    Jeff Clements, co-founder and President of American Promise and Wambui Gatheru, American Promise Outreach Manager join members of the Portland, ME American Promise Association, who are already engaged civically around the 28th Amendment.

    You'll meet an active group of citizen leaders preparing to meet with legislators, engage with the media, and present to the public, all about the problem of money in politics and, more importantly, about the solution of a 28th Amendment to reverse a series of Supreme Court decisioned which likened money to speech. 

    The fight to win a working democracy will not be an easy one, but we are well on our way to make sure our government knows that people, not money, govern the United States! 

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 07:00 PM
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  • An Evening with Jeff Clements and Hedrick Smith on Money in Politics and People Power

    More than 80% of Americans—Democratic, Republican and Independents—support initiatives to limit corporate campaign contributions. Increasingly candidates for elected office, even in Virginia, are running and winning on campaign platforms of not taking money from Super PACs and big money donors. To date, 19 states have ratified legislation supporting a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United, prompted by a belief that such a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure that our citizens have as much influence with our elected officials as big money interests. Join us for an evening with co-founder and President of American Promise, Jeff Clements and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hedrick Smith who will lead this discussion. This event will explore options to address the issue of money in politics.

    Jeff Clements and Hedrick Smith will cover:

    • The Supreme Court Citizens United ruling in 2010 and related court cases
    • The impact of these court cases
    • The growing impact of money in our political system
    • How local communities have responded to this issue 
    • And how you can become involved in the efforts to win a 28th Amendment

    Jeff Clements is a founder and 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.

    Hedrick SmithPulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer and correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years of his career as one of America’s most distinguished journalists. In 26 years with The New York Times, Mr. Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War in Saigon, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington, and six American presidents and their administrations. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe, is the author of Who Stole the American Dream and most recently is the creator of a new documentary Winning Back Our Democracy and the recent film, The People vs The Politicians.

     

    This event is in partnership and co-sponsored by Take Back Our Republic, Network NOVA, Activate Virginia, Clean Virginia, Virginias for Electoral Justice, Our Revolution Northern Virginia, Progressive Democrats of America , Alexandria Democrats, and People Demanding Action and George Mason University AAUP. 

    If you would like to co-sponsor this event please contact Outreach Manager, Wambui Gatheru, at wambuig@americanpromise.net

        

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 07:00 PM
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  • Jeff Clements Speaks at Goochland Republican Women's Event

    Join Jeff Clements, American Promise President, and author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations, as the speaker at the Goochland Republican Women's monthly meeting.

    Jeff will deliver a short address about campaign finance reform, big money in politics and the cross-partisan constitutional solution being spearheaded by Amerian Promise. This event is hosted by Goochland Republican Women and is free and open to the public.

     

     

    Jeff Clements is a founder and president of American Promise and author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice as a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts.

    Friday, March 01, 2019 at 10:30 AM
    Manakin Fire-Rescue in Manakin-Sabot, VA
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  • Big Money v. The People: Alaska Campaign Finance Speaking Tour - Juneau Bar Association

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    Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, will be on a two week speaking tour across Alaska to build support for a national movement to win an amendment to the US Constitution to address out-of-control spending in US elections and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. Invited by local citizens in Alaska who are fighting to limit outside money in local land state elections, Jeff will talk about the dramatic growth in SuperPAC spending, the increasing role of concentrated wealth in elections and government, and what we can do to ensure that all the American people are equal citizens in our republic.

    On the 15th of March, Jeff will be speaking to the Juneau Bar Association at the Westmark Baranof Hotel. He will deliver a 20 minute talk followed by a 20 minute question and answer period. The event is open to the public.

    Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    Westmark Baranof Hotel in Juneau, AK
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  • Big Money v. The People: Alaska Campaign Finance Speaking Tour - Juneau League of Women Voters

    Alan Wu - Flickr: Downtown Juneau with Mount Juneau rising in the backgroundJeff Clements, President of American Promise, will be on a two week speaking tour across Alaska to build support for a national movement to win an amendment to the US Constitution to address out-of-control spending in US elections and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. Invited by local citizens in Alaska who are fighting to limit outside money in local land state elections, Jeff will talk about the dramatic growth in SuperPAC spending, the increasing role of concentrated wealth in elections and government, and what we can do to ensure that all the American people are equal citizens in our republic.

    On the 16th of March, Jeff will be speaking to the Juneau League of Women Voters at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library. The event is open to the public, the Juneau LWV website can be found here.

    Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 04:00 PM
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  • Big Money v. The People: Alaska Campaign Finance Speaking Tour - Juneau World Affairs Council

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    Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, will be on a two week speaking tour across Alaska to build support for a national movement to win an amendment to the US Constitution to address out-of-control spending in US elections and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. Invited by local citizens in Alaska who are fighting to limit outside money in local land state elections, Jeff will talk about the dramatic growth in SuperPAC spending, the increasing role of concentrated wealth in elections and government, and what we can do to ensure that all the American people are equal citizens in our republic.

    On the 18th of March, Jeff will be speaking to the Juneau World Affairs Council at the KTOO Studio. He will deliver a live talk to be broadcast later on 360North. This event is open to the public.

    Monday, March 18, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    KTOO Studios in Juneau, AK
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  • Big Money v. The People: Alaska Campaign Finance Speaking Tour - University of Alaska Anchorage

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    Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, will be on a two week speaking tour across Alaska to build support for a national movement to win an amendment to the US Constitution to address out-of-control spending in US elections and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. Invited by local citizens in Alaska who are fighting to limit outside money in local land state elections, Jeff will talk about the dramatic growth in SuperPAC spending, the increasing role of concentrated wealth in elections and government, and what we can do to ensure that all the American people are equal citizens in our republic.

    On the 19th of March, Jeff will be speaking as part of the William H. Seward Lecture series hosted by the UAA Department of Political Science. The event is open to the public.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 07:30 PM
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  • Big Money v. The People: Alaska Campaign Finance Speaking Tour - 49th State Brewery

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    Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, will be on a two week speaking tour across Alaska to build support for a national movement to win an amendment to the US Constitution to address out-of-control spending in US elections and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. Invited by local citizens in Alaska who are fighting to limit outside money in local land state elections, Jeff will talk about the dramatic growth in SuperPAC spending, the increasing role of concentrated wealth in elections and government, and what we can do to ensure that all the American people are equal citizens in our republic.

    On the 20th of March, Jeff will be speaking as part of a panel moderated by Walter Carpeneti, fmr. Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. The event is open to the public, doors open at 5:50pm. No charge however there is a suggested donation of $5.

     

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    49th State Brewing Co in Anchorage, AK
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  • Big Money v. The People: Alaska Campaign Finance Speaking Tour - Fairbanks Unitarian Universalist Church

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    Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, will be on a two week speaking tour across Alaska to build support for a national movement to win an amendment to the US Constitution to address out-of-control spending in US elections and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. Invited by local citizens in Alaska who are fighting to limit outside money in local land state elections, Jeff will talk about the dramatic growth in SuperPAC spending, the increasing role of concentrated wealth in elections and government, and what we can do to ensure that all the American people are equal citizens in our republic.

    On the 24th of March, Jeff will deliver a short talk followed by a meet-and-greet. The event is open to the public.

    Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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