If government OF the people is to be government FOR the people, we must have government BY the people.
Political action committees typically raise as much money as possible, identify the candidates or ballot initiatives they support, and then give money to those candidates and campaigns. GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE is not your typical political action committee. We are forming an army of volunteers (and a coalition of supportive organizations) who will work to get ballot initiatives on the ballot (and passed) in the 24 states that provide for this form of direct democracy. Money that we raise will be used to defer the costs of gathering signatures and of supporting the initiatives once they have earned a place on the ballot in one or more states.
The 24 states with some form of initiative process (allowing citizens to propose and pass legislation and amendments to state constitutions) are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio. Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
We will be submitting ballot initiatives for 2018 in as many of these states as possible on the following proposals:
- Proportional representation is a more genuinely democratic means of electing representatives to Congress and state legislatures. It ends gerrymandering (the drawing of district lines in a manner designed to favor incumbents and/or one political party over another). And offers voters a much broader choice of candidates – both within and beyond the two major parties. (We have drafted two separate proposals – one for seats in Congress and the other for seats in state legislatures.)
- Ranked choice voting for state-wide offices eliminates the problem of helping a major party candidate you do not want elected, if you vote for an independent or third party candidate who has little chance of winning.
- A public financing option for candidates will level the playing field for candidates who voluntarily agree to certain conditions.
- A Green New Deal will enable states to begin to address the threat posed by the climate crisis and create socially-useful jobs that pay a living wage (or better) in the process.
See the pages under “Our Initiatives” for a more detailed description and discussion of these proposals.
On a state-by-state basis, we will be endorsing and actively supporting other ballot initiatives.
Please consider joining our effort to get these initiatives on the ballot and passed into law. (Click on “Join the Campaign” in the sidebar on the right-hand side of each page on this web site.)
“Well done is better than well said.” (Benjamin Franklin)