What is Uphold the Oath?

#UpholdTheOath is a digital grassroots project that celebrates America’s federal civil servants and encourages them to publicly reaffirm their commitment to the ideals listed in the oath of office. We are asking civil servants to record and submit video of themselves reciting their oath of office. We hope civil servants from across the country take part in #UpholdTheOath.

When a critical mass participate, we will then release these videos as a PSA-style media appeal, and as a show of patriotism, unity, and commitment to the Constitution. Individual oath videos will not be posted to the website or shared publicly until we have hundreds of submissions. 

#UpholdTheOath is centered around three principles:

Celebrate public service and civil servants; those who place their country before themselves.

Uphold the commitment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Serve the American people and honor those who served before us.

Why now?

In recent months, there has been criticism of civil servants, and suggestions that civil servants might be pursuing agendas other than the one laid out in the oath. Through these videos publicly recording the oath, #UpholdTheOath seeks to remind Americans of the sacred obligation of civil servants to support and protect the Constitution in service to our country above all else. It also seeks to convey the message to the American public and our elected leaders that public service and an independent civil service is vital to maintaining our freedoms and our prosperity. 

Can I participate? 

There is no legal prohibition on you participating in this on your own time, using your own phone and outside your office and workplace building. This is not partisan activity and therefore does not implicate the Hatch Act. It is merely a recording of the oath that all civil servants must recite upon taking office. If you have questions about participating, please consult your agency counsel or ethics officials.

If you are retaliated against in any way for lawfully participating in #UpholdTheOath, among the places you may seek counsel include your agency counsel, your union, the Office of Special Counsel, or, if you prefer, use our contact form.

Who is involved?

#UpholdTheOath is a nonpartisan grassroots product of its partners and individuals who choose to freely participate in celebrating America’s civil service. Please see the partners section of our site for a full list of supporters.

What is your privacy policy?

Protect Democracy Project will use the information you submit through this website only in connection with administering the #UpholdTheOath project, and not for any other purposes. In addition, Protect Democracy Project will not share your personal information with any third party. Individual oath videos will not be posted to the website or shared publicly until we have hundreds of submissions.