Every January, the President delivers a State of the Union address highlighting important issues from the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.

The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to supplement the President’s stories with our own, together hosting a national conversation in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations. Then, inspired by stories submitted from across the country, a group of poets collaboratively composes the Poetic Address to the Nation, broadcast live. This year's Poetic Address will take place on Feb. 20 at 7:30pm ET.

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explore last year's People's state of the union

A PSOTU fireside chat with USDAC Deputy Secretary Norman Beckett.

The People’s State of the Union is just one of many USDAC National Actions intended to spark community dialogue and utilize creativity in the service of justice and democracy. To learn about future actions, please enlist as a Citizen Artist.