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With just days to go until the National Citizen Leadership Conference, our team is gearing up for an inspirational, action-packed event that will propel our movement throughout the coming year. The NCLC will draw hundreds of citizens, elected officials, democracy reform leaders, authors, students and more from across the country, with a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs but one shared purpose: To preserve our democracy by ending the domination of big money in politics and returning our country’s government to the people. 

The NCLC will include plenty of networking, connections and fun, but we are serious about the critical importance of our mission. After we gather in our nation’s capital, we will take the momentum, strategies, skills and passion back to our communities across the country and gear up for huge victories for the 28th Amendment in the coming year. 

A cross-partisan majority of Americans agree: It’s time to limit the influence of big donors, corporations, unions and other wealthy special interests and restore our democracy so We the People can govern. At the NCLC, we will come together and share the empowerment and inspiration to continue our work to assert, once again, that the United States of America is committed to our founding promise: equal representation for all. 

It’s on!

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Susan Muller
Events Director, American Promise
PS — Be sure to follow the NCLC action on American Promise social media channels. See below for more information!
Follow the Action at the National Citizen Leadership Conference!

Can't attend this weekend’s National Citizen Leadership Conference in the Washington, D.C., metro? No problem! We'll be sharing the events and highlights on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Watch, learn and connect with Americans from all 50 states who are seizing the opportunity for once-in-a-generation structural reforms when we need them most. Then spread the word about the people-driven movement for the 28th Amendment to your friends!
Check Out These NCLC Sessions!

Get ready for two days of learning, connecting and action at this weekend’s National Citizen Leadership Conference by learning more about three of the many breakout sessions.
Rising Generation: The Cause of Our Time 

Join BridgeUSA CEO Manu Meel, Ellen Moorhouse of RepresentUs, American Promise Outreach Manager Wambui Gatheru and more in the conversation around how the next generation of passionate Americans are engaging in and advancing important causes around democracy reform, including the 28th Amendment, and working to create a better future. 
Amplifying Victories State By State 

Our strategy to win the next amendment to the Constitution is built on state-by-state momentum. How do we amplify our victories and use them to catalyze a cascade of change across the country? Cheryl Crawford, MassVOTE Executive Director, and Olivia Zink, Open Democracy Executive Director, will join APA leaders to discuss strategy and success. 
Building an Inclusive Movement for All Americans 

Like so many past amendments, the 28th Amendment is about creating a more inclusive democracy—where representation is for ALL Americans, not just the wealthiest among us. How can we ensure our movement is inclusive and empowering for every American? Explore this topic with Katie Fahey, executive director of The People; Rio Tazewell, People For the American Way Senior Campaigns Manager; and Jim Rubens, Take Back Our Republic New England Chair. 
Learn More About These and Other NCLC Sessions
Senator Nina Turner shared why the movement to get big money out of politics is critical to save all that we love as Americans at last year’s National Citizen Leadership Conference. Listen to her passionate, uplifting words and get energized for a whole new year of 28th Amendment successes. 
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If you’re unable to attend the National Citizen Leadership Conference this weekend but want to support to the movement for the 28th Amendment, donate to the Youth Scholarship Fund that enables young Americans to bring their voices to Washington, D.C. American Promise is committed to offering youth scholarships to help those who may otherwise not be able to attend the NCLC. All support is greatly appreciated to keep the conference diverse and affordable to all.
Donate to the NCLC Youth Scholarship Fund
Can You Guess
Who Said It?

Leaders from across the political spectrum know that we must end the dominance of big money in our political system. Who said these words about the critical nature of our movement? Take a guess, then click on the image to learn who’s behind these words. Who said it? 
| What We’re Tracking This Week

From Delaware Online: In a letter to the editor, Kate LaMonica of Wilmington notes that in our “us vs. them” country, a majority of citizens want the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. FEC ruling in 2010 overturned. “Neither party is in a rush to change the system, so it’s up to all of us to work for an amendment to reverse Citizens United,” LaMonica says. “That starts with electing politicians who will fight for an amendment to get big money out of politics.” She urges fellow citizen leaders to take action in several ways, including by joining the Delaware chapter of American Promise. Read more

From The New York Times: Collectively, the 19 current Democratic candidates have spent more this year on Facebook ads than television ads, a striking measure of the social network's ever-rising influence in politics. The 2020 race marks the first presidential campaign where Facebook is publicly publishing who is buying ads — and whom they are targeting. While leading party officials have raised alarms about the site’s role in American democracy, the advertising decisions that each campaign makes provide insight on their political priorities and strategies. Read more.

From the Center for Responsive Politics: Candidates in the 2020 presidential race are not revealing information about well-connected donors helping them raise campaign funds. While federal candidates are not required to disclose information about these elite fundraisers (known as “bundlers”) unless they are federal lobbyists, some previous presidential candidates voluntarily disclosed at least some information about their bundlers. None of the 2020 Democrats have released comprehensive information about their big-dollar fundraisers, and President Donald Trump is hiding the fundraisers who are powering his 2020 re-election bid. Read more

From the Texas Tribune: A Texas House special election is drawing heightened interest and spurring TV ads, which are relatively uncommon in these state races. State and national Democrats are making a serious effort to claim the seat of state Rep. John Zerwas, a Richmond Republican, in hopes of taking the Texas House majority in 2020. A Democratic Super PAC and one of the Republican candidates, Gary Gates, are launching cable advertising six days before early voting starts for the Nov. 5 contest. Read more.

| Upcoming American Promise Events

October 19-21, Arlington, VA: Join us for the third annual National Citizen Leadership Conference. NCLC brings together a cross-partisan group of politicians, democracy reformers, and citizen leaders to advance the 28th Amendment to get big money out of politics. At the end of the conference, attendees have the opportunity to head to Capitol Hill and speak with their elected officials, or their staff, about the 28th Amendment. Follow social media for updates!

October 30, Tucson, AZ: Grassroots leaders will gather for a free training session to “Get Big Money Out” of politics. The event will include Tucson organizers and American Promise Citizen Empowerment Coordinator Kimberly Clinch, who will cover what the 28th Amendment does and how to talk about it, plus other advocacy tips. 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Woods Memorial Library, Small Meeting Room. RSVP online.

Wear your passion around a more just republic! Share the energy and spirit of the National Citizen Leadership Conference by ordering your American Promise lapel pin! 
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American Promise empowers Americans to act together to win the 28th Amendment so people, not money, govern in America. To maximize our impact together, contributions are not tax deductible. 
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