Sunday, March 07, 2010

Send e mail to qualify initiative for democracy


Please take ten minutes to join me in an effort that I think can save the State of California from some of its worst problems.  The California Democracy Act is fourteen words long, probably the shortest initiative petition in state history:

All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be made by a majority vote. 

This simple initiative would end the 2/3 rule that has left the state in the hands of a small group of conservatives determined to prevent the government from protecting and empowering residents—a tyranny of the minority.

Here’s what you can do to help:
           
OPEN THE ATTACHMENT AND PRINT IT (DO NOT SHRINK OR ENLARGE IT; PRINT IT ONLY AT 100%, SINGLE SIDED, ON WHITE, 8.5" X 11" PAPER ONLY)  If you have trouble opening the attachment, you can also access the petition at www.californiansfordemocracy.com

SIGN THE PETITION AND SEND IT TO THE CAMPAIGN (INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED IN ATTACHMENT)

SEND THIS EMAIL TO YOUR FRIENDS (WITH THE ATTACHMENT, the attachment will not load on this blog), URGING THEM TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE.

If you have questions about why this initiative is so important, I will add a few comments below.   For more information you can visit the websites,www.californiansfordemocracy.com and www.ca4democracy.com, or listen to a speech by George Lakoff at http://vimeo.com/9643324, or email me directly.

I have been working very hard to get this initiative on the ballot because the 2/3 rule is largely responsible for the deterioration of California—K-12 education, the state colleges and universities, the state parks, the social service net, the transportation infrastructure—the list goes on of essential services that are not getting adequate funding.  California could raise money by taxing oil extraction (as they do in Texas and Alaska ), taxing the super-rich (the state has more than its share) and other measures that would not burden most of us.  But as few as 14 people in the State Senate can stop any of these progressive actions—and they do, over and over again.

The initiative process was intended to enable people to participate directly in government, but was commandeered by big business.  The California Democracy Act is a volunteer, grassroots effort with no special interest funding.  Can we prevail against the odds?  You can help make history!  Please sign the petition!

Time is of the essence.  After April 5, it will be too late to get on the November ballot and we will need to start all over again.

For more information see www.cd4d.org.
The link on the left
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