I. Connecting Businesspeople & Civic Leaders: Best Practices To Advance the For Our Freedom Amendment & Reform in the States- and Create the Conditions to Win in Congress.
Across the USA, local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs and other civic organizations bring together businesspeople and community leaders for nonpartisan education, engagement and service. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are two big states in American politics, subject to divisive, money-driven partisan battles around the clock now. But in this session, we’ll see how American Promise has created programs for volunteer leaders from across the political spectrum to unite and move their states forward. Judy Nagel & Howard Hauser, who are both businesspeople and Rotary presidents in Green Bay (WI) Rotary – and come from different political parties and perspectives- will share how they have build deep support for constitutional reform across the spectrum. Dave Black, the retired CEO & President of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. David is also an award winning member of the American Promise Business Network, and is the architect of our ambitious and successful PA local Chamber engagement strategy that can be replicated in every state.
John McCrea, American Promise Business Network Manager; Elizabeth Doty, Director, Corporate Responsibility Task Force, The Erb Institute at University of Michigan; Dave Black, fmr. President & CEO, Harrisburg, PA Chamber of Commerce; Judy Nagel, American Promise volunteer leader, businesswomen, and past-president, Green Bay (WI) Rotary; Howard Hauser, American Promise volunteer leader, businessman and president, Green Bay (WI) Rotary.
II. How to be an Effective Advocate Across Party Lines and Mediums
The easy thing is to talk with people who agree with you, or rant on social media about “the other side.” The easy thing won’t work. With deep experience and success in advocacy that unites and empowers Americans to work together, American Promise board member and former State Sen. Jim Rubens (R-NH), American Promise Executive Director Bill Cortese, and the American Promise digital communications team offer a crash course in finding the right words to use with your local legislator, at the dinner table, or with your neighbor. You’ll learn how to speak confidently about our national crisis of money corruption in politics and our constitutional solution– to anybody, regardless of political affiliation. We’ll share successful communications strategies, and get oriented on where, when, and how to harness the power of technology to elevate the issue of dark money spending in elections and unite Americans behind a lasting solution.
Jere Halligan, Digital Director, American Promise; Zyeisha Allen, Content Development Manager, American Promise; Jim Rubens, fmr. State Senator (R-NH) and American Promise board member; Bill Cortese, Executive Director, American Promise
III. Need a Lawyer, America? We’ve Got You Covered.
Why a Constitutional amendment? How do we do that? How will it work? What can I do? Join attorneys Brian Boyle and Julie Brogan for a workshop that offers a deeper dive into our legal strategy. The first part will focus on the language and theory behind the For Our Freedom Amendment — in plain English, we promise. We’ll get into the nuts and bolts of how the text of the amendment provides a constitutional solution to money corruption that drives the core problems in our country’s broken politics. We’re also launching a nationwide, state-based network of lawyers and others who can pitch in to help, whether writing op-eds, presenting to local bar associations, networking with key community leaders, or advising local volunteers in ballot or legislative processes. Bring your questions, your ideas, and your faith in our constitutional democracy and your fellow citizens!
Brian Boyle, Senior Legal Counsel, American Promise; Julie Brogan, American Promise volunteer, and fmr. attorney
IV. We’re Overdue for a Generational Transfer of Power: Young Americans Advancing Our Freedom
Young people have garnered a reputation for pessimism about the future, but is it accurate? Join Marnie Walsh and Layla Zaidane as they debunk the myth that young people have disengaged from our politics, and are actually taking charge of shaping the narrative for our country by fighting for a future in which all Americans enjoy equal liberties and opportunities, and in which every vote, rather than every dollar, matters.
Marnie Walsh, Educator, American Promise National Advisory Council; Layla Zaidane, President & CEO, Millennial Action Project; Manu Meel, CEO & Founder, Bridge USA, and American Promise Education Fund Board Member; Connor Flotten, Research Associate, American Promise; Jacob Brown, Systems & Data Analyst, American Promise