The Time for Equality Is Now
America faces an existential crisis: we urgently need sweeping reforms to address the many issues contributing to systemic racism in institutions across our nation. On June 30, join Bernie 2020 co-chairs, Nina Turner and Congressman Ro Khanna, for a conversation around equality, the power of money in the political system, and why now is the time for an amendment to enable limits on money and people-powered political campaigns.
American democracy is facing an existential crisis. The need for sweeping reform could not be more clear. The time for equality is now. The time to end systemic racism is now. The time for democracy reform is now.
We urgently need widespread reforms to ensure equality in voice and representation for every American—the fundamental promise of our nation, one that has yet to be fulfilled. While these reforms span every institution in our country—from law enforcement and the criminal justice system to our systems of education, health care, business, finance, housing, jobs, and many more—major changes to our democracy serve as the foundation.
In a report released in June 2020, the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, convened by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, names 31 urgently needed reforms in six broad categories, designed to “reinvent American democracy for the 21st century.” These reforms are the result of more than two years of study, research and listening sessions with Americans of a variety of backgrounds, from all across the nation.
As part of its first strategy, “Achieve Equality of Voice and Representation,” the report recommends an amendment to address money in politics and names American Promise as the amendment champion.
We are ready to accept the challenge and vow to continue our work with Americans from across the political spectrum to strengthen the foundation of equality in our nation. As we already know from our work at American Promise, Americans are united on the issue of big money in politics. “When asked to cite the factor that weighs most heavily in their indictment, participants in the Commission’s listening sessions achieved a clear consensus: big money in politics,” the report says. “Seventy-six percent of Americans believe the government is run by ‘a few big interests looking out for themselves,’ and 77 percent say there should be limits on the amount of money individuals and organizations can spend on campaigns.”
Across the nation, the American Promise community—including citizen leaders, elected officials, business leaders, young people, veterans, and many more—is stepping up to accept the challenge and work toward historic reform.
American Promise is honored to count among our advisory council members political icon Nina Turner—national co-chair of the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign, former Ohio Senator, cable news commentator, former professor of African American history, former leader of Our Revolution, and a founding member of the Bernie Sanders Institute. Senator Turner says the excessive role of money in politics is eroding the very ideals and dreams of what America has grown to be and what we have yet to accomplish.
On June 30, join Senator Turner and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna of California’s 17th District, First Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus and co-chair of the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign, will delve into how we break big money’s grip on our political system and the movement for historic reform fueled by people-powered campaigns. Senator Turner and Congressman Khanna will discuss the power of money in the political system, and why it is so necessary to pass a constitutional amendment to enable limits on money in politics and incentivize people-powered campaigns.
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At the 2018 National Citizen Leadership Conference, American Promise’s signature national event, Senator Turner made the case that if we hope to reform America—if we hope to stop the senseless deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, if we hope to reform the criminal justice system so that black and brown Americans aren’t treated differently than their fellow citizens, if we hope to ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit opportunities and an inhabitable planet—we must break big money’s grip on our politics.
This need could not be more urgent today. The time for change is now. Join us June 30 to accept the challenge issued by the Commission and take real, actionable steps to create a better future for our nation and each other.