I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Boston that felt both nurturing and stifling. If anyone in the community struggled financially, they knew that tzedeka (or charity) would be raised to sustain them
The citizens' assembly, being non-governmental and community-based, would have no power to compel their participation. But I think very few would refuse. Who knows, maybe C-SPAN would want to cover it.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. long claimed to have found that American politics swing back and forth between conservative and liberal periods. After 8 years of Bush, a liberal comeback is due (if not overdue).