Our Action Plan
Organizing an effort to support multiple initiatives in each state.
In states with the initiative it is quite common for a number of good proposals to be filed for each election. Typically each proposal has a different group or collection of groups working to get it on the ballot and passed. Government by the People has been developing coordinated campaigns to help multiple groups (including members of different political parties) work together to circulate any and all petitions that address reforms and issues included in our platform.
In addition to the normal methods of gathering signatures on individual petitions, Government by the People is pioneering methods of helping concerned citizens work together in support of multiple proposals:
We are developing a data base of voters who are willing to sign petitions. This will enable us to help connect petitioners with willing signers.
We will make college campuses a focal point. We are contacting student groups at each college or university that might be interested in working on petition drives. This would benefit participating groups by giving their members something constructive to do and by helping expand their membership.
Leaders within campus groups can reserve tables and schedule members to staff the tables to gather signatures on multiple petitions over an extended period of time. Coverage in the campus newspaper and on college radio and TV can help promote the issues being addressed and the inclusive manner in which they are being addressed and extend the campaign into the community. Every student, faculty member, or local voter inclined to sign will have continuous opportunities to do so.
We ill involve labor unions, churches, and advocacy groups. We will make copies of the petitions available for signing at as many labor union and advocacy group offices as possible. We will book spokespersons into each group’s meetings to provide an overview of the legislation being proposed. At such meetings, in addition to having attendees sign the petitions, we can also recruit petitioners and raise money for the coordinated campaign.
We will utilize our web site.Through social media, phone banking, canvassing, and with written materials, we can drive traffic to this web site, where interested individuals can learn more about the ballot proposals being included in coordinated campaigns in each state, read the full text of each ballot initiative, download and print copies of the petitions to circulate, join our campaign, or make a financial contribution.
We will utilize on-line videos to explain ballot proposals, the rationale behind each proposal, promote signing events, and drive traffic to this web site.
We will print pamphlets that give an overview of the ballot initiatives that are part of the coordinated campaign in each state, along with a rationale for each. (There are some voters who are not active on the internet.)
We will host town hall meetings and signing parties and participate and support events planned by other groups. These events will include a brief presentation regarding the ballot initiatives being promoted, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or make comments. Then while attendees socialize and enjoy refreshments and entertainment, they will also have an opportunity to sign petitions.
Change is in the air..
We hope you will join us as we work to reform our state governments and pass needed legislation.