Hello, beloved citizens. I have a progress report for you from the group Bridge Alliance, a group I recommended to you in a previous post because they are creatively problem solving some of our voting issues that need to be resolved soon. Two of their member groups achieved remarkable results and I want to show you the power of these successful endeavors.
Fair Vote achieved a momentous victory in Maine: they passed “Ranked Choice Voting”, which means an expansion of voter choices, as in counting the third-party vote along with established party votes. Maine’s citizens simultaneously rejected state legislature’s attempts to undermine the law with a “People’s Veto”.
The League of Women’s Voters in combination with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections pushed public service announcements about the Fair Vote choice on the ballot, and this ushered in a change of the voter’s options, a big change.
Ranked choice voting advocates are actually credited with the increase in Maine’s voter turn out as well. That in itself is a powerful incentive to keep pushing back against existing systems that narrow our voting options rather than placing more valid issues on the ticket.
I recommend that you keep a copy of this post for the next cycle of voting. If fair voting is your passion you can speak to the group in Maine for a game plan to bring it to your state. Their address is below.
Sadly SCOTUS, The Supreme Court of the United States, left a door open so that gerrymandering is still possible, state to state. Citizen involvement can help put roadblocks up that will keep the pressure on the parties to stop gerrymandering because they know negative press will follow. When citizens push back against crooked or suspicious suggestions dreamt of by political parties, we all win. So if you join or start a group that discusses the future of political policy in the U.S.A. this group could be another tool in your activist toolbelt.
Go to Fair Vote for a More Perfect Union in order to learn more about this excellent approach to true parity in citizen voting practices
“Collaborative Policymaking” is an outstanding read for anyone really looking to keep our voting rights in place without altering the spirit of the law of the constitution:
Best Practices for Collaborative Policymaking: Learning from Power Sharing Arrangements in State Legislatures
Imagine round table conversations rather like the study-circles originated in Chautauqua, N.Y. during the early days of our nation’s policy development. Someone would ride-in with copies of the most recent newspapers clarifying the forming of our government, for instance, or maybe a President’s address to the nation; and citizens in Chataqua, N.Y. rallied to discuss the news of the day, and sometimes come up with solutions. Each year they still have an event that focuses on the importance of citizen participation in government. There are organizations to teach you how to run a round table, too.
Our country was founded on free speech and it is this guarantee that makes round table, study-circles, or talking circles so vibrant as a tool for reform or the construction of new problem solving ideas.
I have formed study-circles and facilitated the art of the community conversation in order to report back to politicians what their constituents wanted to see change in my own community. I didn’t get paid for this, it was my effort as a sacred activist to organize this task. I talked to my friends. They got on board. And we had a great turnout for the first of three events regarding Tahlequah, Oklahoma’s option to put funding where the citizen’s actually wanted it: building bike paths and teaching children alternatives to eating cheap food was the #1 choice. It was in 2003 that these talking circles were introduced to the people of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Of course, I didn’t know I was a sacred activist in 2001, right after 9-11 when I signed op for the committee to create a yearly event named “Diversity in Community” nor did it occur to me when I was leading events to celebrate women’s rights in 2003 with community wide political topics at events, that I was changing the point of view of the community with my actions. It started with a single thought. What is my part in the solving of this problem?
And so, beloved friends, I offer you a few more websites that may inspire you, or help you to find your niche in public service. Don’t worry about making mistakes, make bold choices to get started instead. The rest will take care of itself.
www.POGO.org is another great site that is for Government Oversight, so I’ve included it here.
I believe there are still a few states that are voting for the party ballot and/or finalizing runoff elections. It isn’t too late to call and find out who is on the ballot for your party, or to and if you are a new voter, ask if your state has a mixed party ticket? We used to do that when I was first voting. Boy, does that date my age, ha!
Whatever you do, dear hearts, come to the community table. Take your seat and talk to everyone. You may discover that you meet several potential partners who are interested in helping you work on change in your community.
We are living in the communication age. It is easier now to put together a movement than ever before. Think about that. Think about your passions. When or where does you heart bleed for the citizens of the world?
I am, as usual, sending you loving goodwill. We are rewriting the public story, and our personal story at the same time. Sacred Activism is an incredible opportunity to grow into a compassionate adult who is willing to lend the experience of a lifetime in order for all of us to thrive as we co-create a new reality in our world. Thank you. This post comes to you from my heart to yours.