September 30th - October 2nd 2016

Washington, D.C.



Welcome to the 2016 National Citizen Leadership Conference!

Our common goal is to win the 28th Amendment, end corruption of elections, and reclaim government by the people. We invite you to the 2016 National Citizen Leadership Conference, September 30-October 2, 2016. All conference events and activities will be held at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel (Marriott).

We will come together from all political viewpoints, strategic approaches, and years of engagement to:

  • Celebrate progress and convey lessons learned
  • Listen and learn in an environment of civility and patriotism
  • Build energy, strategy, and unity for the work ahead.


Citizen Leadership Schedule

Friday — September 30, 2016

Afternoon/Evening: Check-in opens at 2:00pm; first plenary and welcome starts at 4:00pm with inspiring call to service & 2016 Leadership Award ceremonies (Citizen Leadership; Congressional Leadership); followed by Dinner and optional Iron Jawed Angels movie or Go, Granny D! one-woman theatrical production.

Saturday — October 1, 2016

Morning: Breakfast; Plenary session; Keynote, Our Historic Challenge & Opportunity; presentations and discussion on overview, amendments and strategies, opportunities, and pathways. Multiple Breakout Sessions (see below).

Afternoon: Bill Moyers Keynote Luncheon, multiple Breakout Sessions (see below); Citizen Café (facilitated brainstorm with multiple, simultaneous small group deliberation).

Saturday Breakouts

  • Rebuilding Our Constitutional Foundation
  • Drafting the 28th Amendment
  • Engaging Everyone: Tools for Community Connection
  • The Impact of Unlimited Money in Elections
  • Constitutional Rights for Corporations
  • Millennial Roundtable
  • Getting the 28th Amendment to the States for Ratification
  • Getting Your Message Out
  • Best Practices: Organizing Local Action
  • With more breakouts to be announced soon!

Evening: Networking reception; Dinner with keynote speaker; Ben & Jerry’s ice cream & Stamping Money Out of Politics with Ben Cohen; Donna the Buffalo live band performance and celebration!

Sunday — October 2, 2016

Morning: Early morning yoga for all levels, group walk to the White House or run to the Lincoln Memorial (optional); Breakfast; Faith, Morality, and the 28th Amendment Plenary; Citizen Leadership Awards; Citizen Café compilation, report, and next steps; closing ceremonies (Conference concludes at 11:30am).


Conference registration is $100 for non-members. For American Promise Citizens, the Conference is included in membership dues.

Your registration provides you full access to:

  • citizen leadership workshops
  • plenary sessions
  • keynote speeches
  • 5 conference meals
  • Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scooped by Ben himself!
  • live entertainment
  • group activities
  • book signings
  • on site store
  • one year membership in American Promise

Please support the Conference by reserving your room at our host hotel, the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel (Marriott) at our group rate. The entire conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel. The hotel is located at 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

If you would like to donate to the cause, click on the Donate button below. To become a member of American Promise, please click here.

To sponsor this historic event, for further information, or for assistance booking/sharing Renaissance rooms, please email Susan Muller at

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