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Update on The Journey to Date

Thanks for all the encouraging support following the recent blog entry entitled “The Journey to Date – And a Request for Help.” Here’s a reply to some of the follow-up questions. 1. Is The People’s Convention a partisan effort with a hidden agenda? No. The People’s Convention is very specifically an impartial, non-partisan process. The only agenda is to provide every American with an equal and fair opportunity to step forward and be heard on proposals to upgrade and strengthen the Am

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The Journey to Date – And a Request for Help

As most of you know . . . The vast majority of Americans is concerned about the future of their democracy—and is unsure of how to organize a respectful, honest and fact-based national discussion that results in some valuable upgrades over a short period of time. While Article V of the U.S. Constitution does provide an avenue, it’s never been used because of various concerns. So as a semi-retired corporate and trial attorney, university professor and mediator, I assigned to myself the role of

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The Role of the Conference Facilitator

The purpose of The People’s Convention is to • Give every American an equal and fair opportunity to be heard in an open, honest and dignified forum • Exploring proposals to upgrade and strengthen the American democracy, and • Having valuable proposals ratified quickly by 75% of the state legislatures. While every American already has the constitutional right to bypass Congress and do this themselves, the right has never been used because most Americans don’t know about it—until now.

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If YOU Could Change ONE THING to Upgrade and Strengthen the American Democracy, What Do YOU Think Would Make the BIGGEST Difference?

Just the idea of upgrading and amending the Constitution can some people the creeps. So it’s preferable, and certainly more efficient, to propose as few elegant upgrades—and have them address as many of the fundamental concerns as possible. So the question is: If YOU could only propose one thing to upgrade the American democracy, what do YOU think would make the BIGGEST difference?– Some people can pop out an idea pretty quickly. Most people need to think about it a while—and that’

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Isn’t It Hard to Amend the Constitution?

Not necessarily. It’s proven that it can be done in just a few months—and this is the perfect year to accomplish it when you have all the candidates on the hot seat. Here are some of the key facts you should be aware of. 1. The Power of Amendments – Almost all of the rights people associate with a modern democracy are contained in the Amendments to the Constitution—not in the original Constitution itself. 2. Typical Time Between Amendments – The U.S. Constitution has been amend

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How To Use This Website

This website is designed to support those that are interested in upgrading and strengthening the American democracy.  This website: •   Provides the opportunity to submit, review, comment and vote on proposals that may secure the support of a supermajority of Americans (think 75%). •   Provides updates and news items. •  Serves as the ongoing national hub of The People’s Convention process—which also includes an annual national meeting, national polling and national town hall meeti

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Who This Website Is For

This website if for you if: •   You’re concerned about the future of the American government. •   You’re willing to explore proposals to upgrade and strengthen the democratic process. •   You’re willing to work together, be respectful, and listen to others that may have a different opinion than you. •   You like producing valuable and measureable results in a short period of time. •   You believe that reinforcing the fundamental American values of Honesty, Fairness, Respect

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Here’s What We’re Up To

1. We’re paving the way for the nation’s first People’s Convention giving every American an equal and fair opportunity to step in, be heard, and upgrade and strengthen their democracy as they see fit. 2. We’re eliminating the obstacles to every American exercising their constitutional right to bypass Congress and hold their own convention under Article V of the Constitution to propose, explore and discuss proposals to upgrade and strengthen their democracy themselves–as early a

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Someone’s Got to Be Adult About This

Why do we Americans—some of the most creative, generous and intelligent people in the history of the world—get sucked into these long, divisive and typically trivial political battles? They don’t produce much of anything except division, frustration and animosity—and they eat up lots of valuable time and energy. That’s not only a loss for us, but for the rest of the world too. We Americans really can regain our international reputation of being Generous, Fair-Minded, Can-Do People—b

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Some Important Changes!

Hi Everyone! It’s been a while—and I’ve been busy. Here’s the scoop. 1. New Name – We’ve got a new name, The People’s Convention. We really liked the old name, We the People, but it’s already being used by more than thirty other organizations—and our new name more accurately describes what we’re up to here. 2. New Website and Address – We’ve got a new website and web address www.ThePeoplesConvention.org. The Home Page of the new site will include news items and a new

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