What is the People?
The People’s mission is to gather everyday people to find common ground on desired governmental reforms. We empower organized action in order to create a government which is responsive and accountable to the will of the people and true to our collective values as People of the United States of America.
We are creating a movement led by the people to restore power to citizens and communities. In 2017, a group of Americans set out to see if the American people had really had irreconcilable differences or if we could come together under our core American values. They organized conversations in nine states with over 200 citizens that came from diverse backgrounds and political beliefs. The questions were direct: “Do you take responsibility for your future?” “Can you stop blaming others and work together to fix our broken system?”
After intense three hour conversations, the answers were always the same: yes.
Through these meetings, 70 diverse individuals from 22 states stepped up and took an active role in establishing The People. These founding members shared one common belief – we are in the same boat and our future depends on us rowing forward together.
Today The People is building a network of citizens that will help us establish a common understanding of mission, goals, and values for our work.
Watch Footage from These 22 Gatherings:
The People’s Organization model is to assist, inform, and get out of the way. We function with a bottom-up leadership structure, where members dictate who and what The People supports with guiding principles based on being non-partisan, inclusive, and action-oriented. Our online organizing presence works as a resource and collaboration point for volunteers across the country at every level. Our model of democratic engagement shifts influential power away from special interests and lobbyists and restores power to the people through building grassroots movements.
Katie Fahey, Executive Director
Kathryn Fahey is the Executive Director of The People. She works full time for the organization from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to working for The People, Katie was the Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians in Michigan where she led over 14,000 state-wide volunteers to organize and pass a ballot proposal with 61% of the vote resulting in changing the Michigan constitution to make political gerrymandering illegal. Prior to VNP, she worked in the garbage and recycling industry. Katie received her BA in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College in 2012. LinkedIn Profile.
Andrew Shue, Strategy & Messaging
Andrew Shue is the Head of Messaging and Marketing and the Board President of The People. He volunteers his time for the organization from New York City. Andrew has been a social entrepreneur throughout his career in entertainment and business. He is the co-founder of Do Something, which inspires youth activism and CafeMedia which supports digital publishers. Shue received his B.A. in history from Dartmouth in 1989. LinkedIn Profile.
Frank Luntz, Citizen Conversation Facilitator
Frank Luntz is an American political consultant, pollster, and “public opinion guru”, best known for developing talking points and other messaging for various Republican causes. Luntz’s most recent work has been with Fox News as a frequent commentator and analyst, as well as running focus groups during and after presidential debates on CBSN. As the Head of Citizens Dialogue, Frank facilitated the first round of conversations which brought together people from different political backgrounds. Frank received his BA in history and political science from the University of Pennsylvania and received a doctorate in politics from Oxford University. LinkedIn Profile.
The People’s May 2019 National Assembly:
The People is on a mission to empower thousands of Americans to fix our broken democracy one conversation at a time. In May 2019, the first National Assembly of The People was held in Washington, D.C. Citizens from all 50 states, representing all demographics, sides, and views came together to discuss our broken government, and what we as citizens can do to address it.
Coming out of the Assembly, the People has continued to expand its state chapters with energy, direction, and guidance from the People’s founding document and topics discussed at the National Assembly.
Are The People Independent Of a Political Party?
The People is not aligned with any political party. From its start, we have been made up of a range of people who value non-partisan work. Our Executive Director identifies as an independent, Frank Luntz is a Republican, and Andrew Shue identifies as a Democrat. From the beginning, this work has been about bringing diverse Americans with a wide range of viewpoints together by engaging in civil conversations.
The People fully realizes the United States of America began from an exclusionary founding in what it meant to be “American.” It did not start in an inclusive way because of the groups who were purposely excluded from the American dream. But our country can evolve from its original constructs. We want to give our country the opportunity to restart in a way that represents and is created from a true reflection of the American people. We want to establish a system which has never occurred, but is very possible.
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