To strengthen the American democratic process, these appear to be the top five most popular upgrades supported by a vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum—and yet there currently continues to be little or no chance any of these will handled by Congress in the foreseeable future: Campaign finance (81%) [1] Term limits (78%) [2] Balanced budget (74%) [3] Climate change (74%) [4] Ethical standards for public policymakers.[5] In order for The American People to bypass Congres... read more

Hi Everyone! I’ll soon be sending you more information on the following three giant steps in establishing a cooperative, non-partisan process to strengthen the American democracy: 1. Local Town Hall Meetings – I’ve designed and will be facilitating 4-6 hour, highly interactive, videotaped town hall meetings around the nation. 2. Public Presentations – I’m also providing shorter, 1-2 hour presentations which are also interactive but not as much as the town hall meetings. 3. Sample Propo... read more

Hi Everyone!! I’d appreciate your assistance as we test the theory that we’re all only six contacts away from everyone else on the planet. We’re interested in meeting with the following people and organizations that we believe may be interested in supporting The People’s Convention and I’d be very grateful if you’d let me know . . . 1. If you—or anyone you know—may have access to any of these people or organizations, and 2. If you—or anyone you know—may have access to other p... read more

Hi Everyone!! Here’s the text from the updated One-Page Overview of our work at The People’s Convention. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions! Thank you!! ____________________________________________________ THE ONE-PAGE OVERVIEW THE ISSUE Trust and confidence in the American political process is almost non-existent; there are a number of issues The People need addressed; and there doesn’t appear to be any light at the end of the tunnel. WHAT WE DO The People’s Convention ... read more

Hi Everyone!! First, I’m thrilled to announce our team at The People’s Convention is growing!! The recent generous assistance and contribution of • Dave Strait of Pennsylvania (formerly Minneapolis-St. Paul) • Kimberly Easson of Washington DC, and • Loren Miner of Los Angeles moves The People’s Convention forward dramatically as we work to support everyday Americans in coming together in a convention to explore proposals  to restore their trust and confidence in the American dem... read more

  Hi Everyone! Here’s an important update on our role as organizers of The People’s Convention. First, as the organizers, our role is to remain fair, neutral and non-partisan and: 1. Organize the nation’s first national non-partisan political convention—under Article V of the U.S. Constitution 2. Provide everyday, common-sense Americans with the opportunity to come together in a fair, honest and respectful process, and 3. Explore and implement proposals to upgrade and strengthen the... read more

For those interested in bringing Americans together, I highly recommend two fascinating sources of information on how the American political mind works: 1. Article by Joe Keohane of the Boston Globe published on July 11, 2010. Three pages on how people often become MORE entrenched and combative when presented with facts that are contrary to their opinion. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/ 2. Forty-Five Minute Bill Moyers Video Interview of Dr. Jonath... read more

Volunteer Opportunities are now available with The People’s Convention! Please forward this to anyone you believe may be interested in supporting this work. Commitments are negotiable. Thank you!! 1. What is This Work? – The People’s Convention is a middle-of-the-road, impartial, non-partisan organization committed to providing every American with the authentic opportunity to Resolve their concerns about the American political process in a respectful and meaningful way , and Have widel... read more

Hi Everyone! OK! The first three proposals to restore trust and confidence in the democratic process have been posted at www.ThePeoplesConvention.org. They provide for a foundation of: Honesty in politics and government Fairness in campaign finance and lobbying Strengthening the relationship between public policymakers and the people Passing any ONE of these proposals would make an enormous difference. Next, now that a foundation has been proposed, I’m requesting your suggestions and proposal... read more

The Third of Three Foundational Proposals: Ethical Standards Here on Independence Day, I’m posting the third of three proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution which I’m convinced would establish the foundation necessary to restore trust and confidence in the American democratic process. SEE PROPOSAL 3. I’d appreciate your thoughts and comments. The first two proposals—eliminating deception and establishing equality—also serve as the foundation for all future proposals. This third ... read more