Blair C. Henry JD is the Founder & Executive Director of The People’s Convention Inc. Blair has served as Seattle corporate attorney, deputy prosecuting attorney, certified mediator and university professor.
Blair served on Capitol Hill in Washington DC during Watergate, as a delegate to both the Washington State Democratic and Republican state conventions, candidate for the U.S. Senate, and is currently a registered independent voter.
How It Works – FAQs
ThePeoplesConvention.org is a series of neutral, nonpartisan, citizen-driven conventions providing the American people with the opportunity to fairly, honestly, and respectfully upgrade their democratic process themselves—free from the influence of special interests.
ThePeoplesConvention.org is the work product of The People’s Convention, Inc., a neutral, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, convention organizer based in Sedona, Arizona subsequent to the landmark Conference on a Constitutional Convention held at Harvard Law School in 2011.
The PeoplesConvention.org has conducted numerous workshops designing and testing a modern innovative convention process and produced remarkably successful results.
- WE BRING AMERICANS TOGETHER respectfully from across the political spectrum—free from the influence of special interests.
- THEY AGREE on whatTHEY SAY would make the BIGGEST difference in upgrading the American democratic process.
- THEY DRAFT 1-3 short and simple constitutional amendments likely to be implemented.
- THEY CREATE teams in each state to secure approval of the amendments.
The American people are supposed to be able to rely on their elected representatives to represent them fairly, honestly, and address their concerns. However, when the representatives fail to do so, the nation’s founders provided the American people with the constitutional right in the First Amendment to
- Bypass their elected representatives
- Come together in their own convention
- Draft constitutional amendments addressing their concerns, and
- Submit them for approval
- Trust and confidence in the American democratic process is at or near an all-time low
- Democracies fail when they lose the trust and confidence of the people
- America ranks 21th in the world in terms of actually being democratic
- Most Americans are unaware of their constitutional right under the First Amendment to upgrade their democracy by amending their state and national constitutions
- 93% believe members of Congress accept bribes and gifts that affect their vote
- 91% believe they were subjected to false/misleading political campaigns
- 83% are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed
- 79% are frustrated or angry with the federal government
- 78% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job
- 78% are dissatisfied with the nation’s political system
- 65% don’t trust members of Congress to tell the truth
- 70% believe the media is out of touch with average Americans
- 64% no longer believe the media serves the role of checking the powers of government
- 29% believe the news organizations generally get the facts straight
There are now also at least five different reforms today supported by over 70% of Americans that Congress refuses to address (in alphabetical order):
- Balanced Budget – 72-74% want a balanced budget
- Campaign Finance – 67-83% want campaign finance reform
- Ethics – 64-90% want increased ethical standards for public policymakers and media
- Greenhouse Gases – 74-92% want the government to reduce greenhouse gases
- Term Limits – 75-78% want term limits for members of Congress
The Founder & Executive Director of ThePeoplesConvention.org is Dr. Blair C. Henry, a former Seattle corporate and prosecuting attorney, mediator, graduate school professor, delegate to both the Democratic and Republican state conventions, and intern at both the United States Senate and Washington State Senate.
6. What has been accomplished so far?
Twenty workshops with 450 Americans fairly balanced across the political spectrum has resulted in three proposed amendments approved by over 75-90% of the participants
- Getting the influence of money out of politics
- Requiring complete honesty in the political process
- Increasing the ethical standards for those in public service.
These are known as The Three Sedona Amendments.
No. An Article V(five) convention is
- Is dominated almost exclusively by state legislators
- Focused on solely amending the national constitution, and
- Has never been successful, despite dozens of attempts, in over 225 years
ThePeoplesConvention.org relies on the constitutional right of the American people under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to
- Hold their own convention—free from interference by professional politicians, political parties, and other special interests
- Petition their state and federal government with proposed constitutional amendments, and
- Focuses on amending either the state or national constitution
Amending a state constitution will often be easier and quicker than amending the U.S. Constitution which requires the approval by 38 state legislatures (75% of total).
This is what makes a First Amendment convention distinctly different, and much more effective, than most of the current Article V convention efforts to amend the constitution:
1. Partisan, predetermined agenda
2. Focus exclusively on what state legislators want
3. Rely on Article V of the constitution
4. Focus on only the national constitution
1. Neutral, nonpartisan agenda
2. Focus exclusively on what the American people say they want
3. Relies primarily on the First Amendment
4. Focus on both state and national constitutions
8. How do you amend constitution?
Each state has its own rules for amending its state constitution.
There are three ways to PROPOSE amendments to the U.S. Constitution:
- CONGRESS may propose amendments as part of the three-step process under Article V. All 27 amendments to date have been accomplished this way.
- THE STATE LEGISLATORS may hold a convention to propose amendments as part of the four-step process also underArticle V. A convention has never been held in over 225 years.
- THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES may hold their own convention to propose amendments—free from interference by professional politicians, political parties, and other special interests—as part of the two-step process the First Amendment.
Regardless of the avenue used to PROPOSE an amendment to the national constitution, it can only be APPROVED by the legislatures/conventions of 38 states (75% of total).
Securing a total of $1.3M from supporters across the political spectrum to hold the initial convention at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Future conventions will be held around the nation on an “as requested” basis.
10. What can I do to support and participate?
- Buy our 2018 booklet: ThePeoplesConvention.org
- Become a Member
- Become a Donor, Volunteer, Sponsor or Underwriter