Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Constituting America’s Student Ambassadors, Tova Love Kaplan, Dakare Chatman, Jewel & Jorne Gilbert chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom!
Can a teenager propose a Constitutional Amendment? Join us for our Podcast on the 26th & 27th Amendments
Special Guest: Gregory Watson, who as a student at the University of Texas at Austin, organized the passage of the 27th Amendment!
“The ratification of the 27th amendment was due to the actions of a young citizen by the name of Gregory Watson, a student at the University of Texas at the time. It began when he wrote a term paper arguing for ratification of this amendment. He then embarked on a one-man campaign for the amendment’s ratification by writing letters to several state legislatures of different states across the nation. Shortly thereafter, approximately a year of Watson’s college term paper, Maine and Colorado ratified the amendment. Then more and more states followed. Today, only Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York have yet to ratify the amendment,” Juliette Turner, Our Constitution Rocks (Harper Collins Zondervan), 2012, page 220. Mr. Watson worked in the Texas Legislature for over three decades.
Actress Janine Turner is famous for her role as Maggie O’Connell in televisions’ Northern Exposure. She is the Founder and Co-President of Constituting America which launched in 2010. She is still acting but she is also actively teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution given over 540 speeches to classrooms across the country.
Cathy Gillespie is the co-president of Constituting America and one of 16 private citizens serving on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, helping organize the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday in 2026! She is a former Congressional Chief of Staff and former Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission.
Tova Love Kaplan is seventeen years old and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves as the National Youth Director for Constituting America, and runs the National Youth Advisory Council. She is a three-time winner of the “We the Future” contest in the Entrepreneurial (where she created a marketing plan), PSA (entitled “Know Your Rights. Read The Constitution”) and STEM (where she created an app). She is passionate about educating and empowering young people to use their constitutional rights!
Constituting America Student Ambassador Dakare Chatman is 18 years old, and is currently a junior, full-time college student in South Carolina. He has won Constituting America’s We The Future Contest twice, once for best PSA where he reminded viewers the Constitution is “An American Thing, So Know It” and twice for his short film “Man On The Street.” He is also actively involved in our National Youth Advisory Board. He’s a working actor seen most recently in HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones and on April 15 in Netflix’s: Outer Banks. Dakare wishes to be an actor, but also a politician. But says you must be an actor to be a politician.