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If government OF the people is to be government FOR the people, we must have GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE!

Government by the People is a political action committee supporting political reform and political action through ballot initiatives – a powerful form of direct democracy.  Citizens in the twenty-four states that have some form of initiative have the right to propose and pass laws (including amendments to the state constitution in some states) without the approval or involvement of the state legislature or governor.

The states that have the initiative 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.  Getting the initiative in place in these states was a major victory for the Progressive Movement in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This web site is designed to serve as a resource and organizing hub for concerned citizens who want to work together, using the initiative process to reform our political process.

Initiative campaigns are inherently non-partisan and narrowly focused on a specific proposal, providing citizens an opportunity to work together across party lines to pass needed reforms and legislation.

If you live in one of the states that has the initiative and would like to take an active role in initiative campaigns in your state, please click on “Join the Campaign” in the sidebar.  You can get as involved in our efforts as you would like: simply indicate a willingness to sign petitions, volunteer to help gather signatures, or help us organize events.

If you live in a state that does not have the initiative process, but would like to help in our efforts (including working to amend your state constitution to  include the initiative), we encourage you to also  click on “Join the Campaign” in the sidebar.

On this website you will find information regarding the details of the initiatives we are actively promoting.; information about proportional representation, including the details of our proposal; links for concerned citizens who want to sign our petition, volunteer to gather signatures, or actively support our effort in other ways; and news regarding our progress.

If you’ve had enough of politics-as-usual, click on one or more links in the sidebar on the right of each page on this website.  There are lots of ways to get involved:

Stay informed by signing up to receive our eNewsletters (in the sidebar).  We only send one out when there is news of interest.  We will not flood your inbox and there will never be a request for a contribution included in our eNewsletters.  We will keep you informed of updates to our web site, significant developments, and events that may be of interest to you.

We do not solicit contributions from any of our lists.  That doesn’t mean we don’t need to raise money, but the ask is made at our events and here on the website.  Secure on-line contributions can be made through Act Blue by clicking “Contribute Today” (in the sidebar).  The address for mailing checks or money orders can also be found in the sidebar.