An Amendment for All Americans

As the first amendment to be passed in the Information Age, the 28th Amendment offers an unparalleled opportunity for collaboration and input from all Americans. Weigh in yourself here!

American Promise is a citizen-led nonprofit working to advance an urgent amendment to secure government of, by and for the people. We’re dedicated to empowering Americans across the country to create the nation we want for our future.

A number of democracy reforms have gained traction among Americans in recent years, including getting big money out of politics; gerrymandering reform; asserting a constitutional right to vote; and clarifying that constitutional rights are for people, not corporations. But which of these issues should be included in the 28th Amendment?

The Writing the 28th Amendment Program

In 2017, American Promise launched Writing the 28th Amendment as a series of conversations between constitutional scholars, law professors, members of Congress and amendment advocates about amendment language options. We soon realized that the Writing the 28th program was an ideal tool to further our mission of empowering a movement driven by citizens—by asking every American what the next amendment to the constitution should do or say.

American Promise President Jeff Clements (right) sits next to Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner at a Writing the 28th Amendment Town Hall at Oklahoma City University.

For the last year, we’ve been taking this conversation on the road. From Boston to St. Louis to Los Angeles, hundreds of Americans have joined us to hear from panels of experts, and to share their views through open discussion and interactive polling.

On the Road

Two weeks ago, the program headed to Oklahoma City and Dallas. Both events were filled with engaged citizens sharing their opinions, asking excellent questions, and weighing in on the issue of our time: Asserting that the equality of political representation promised in our constitution is for every American, not just the wealthiest among us.

American Promise Counsel Johannes Epke presents to the crowd at a Writing the 28th Amendment Town Hall at Oklahoma City University.

We were also joined at both events by expert panelists who helped frame the issues and engage in conversation with those in attendance. In Oklahoma City, we were joined by Oklahoma University professor Robert Kerr, attorney Kathy Tibbits, and Take Back our Republic Executive Director John Pudner. John Pudner came with us to Dallas, where he was joined by Mimi Marziani, President of the Texas Civil Rights Project, and Joan Ridley of Business Wealth Solutions.

Share Your Opinion Online!

Attorney Kathy Tibbits and Oklahoma University Professor Robert Kerr address the crowd at a Writing the 28th Amendment Town Hall at Oklahoma City University.

We hope you’ll join us at an upcoming W28 event, but if not, don’t despair. When we say we want to hear from every American, we mean it! Tell us what you think the next amendment need to do or say using this interactive online poll.

Not sure, or want to learn more first? We’ve posted a series of short video explainers, taken from highlights of the town halls from the last year. You can start here to learn more first, and then weigh in once you’re up to speed.

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