Economic EQuity in Politics
As bad as the news seems to be these days, we are excited by a number of encouraging developments in Massachusetts:
Not only did Ballot Question 2 (People Govern Not Money) pass last year but they have already appointed the "Citizens Commission Concerning a Constitutional Amendment for Government of the People," and here is an active Website detailing the latest developments.
Not only did VoterChoiceMA.org introduce and advocate for the following legislation in the MA legislature this session, but they are launching their first Ballot Initiative for Ranked Choice Voting in MA this fall:
Even Better, many of the folks that worked on the 2018 ballot question 2 (People Govern Not Money) are pitching in to help out with Ranked Choice Voting. They already have volunteers all over the state and their numbers are growing daily. Want to help out too? There are many ways to do so from taking one of the Voter Choice MA field trainings across the state, to attending their fall Legislative Hearing Day at the state house, to good old financial support, donation. All the details on their evolving campaign are here: https://www.voterchoicema.org/
Just pick something that works for you and let's get going this fall!
For more information, please email: Patty Shepard, email@example.com
To join the Economic Equity in Politics Certified Working Group, please go to: http://lists.uua.org/mailman/listinfo/EEP-CWG
Responding to our Unitarian Universalist commitment to social justice frequently requires calling for changes to existing laws. Whether it be living wage legislation to promote economic justice, repealing mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses to end mass incarceration, instituting regulations and tax regimes to protect the environment and respond to the threat of climate change, or reforming laws to secure immigrant rights, our success in advancing social justice frequently hinges on persuading our elected officials to pass legislation through our grassroots activism. Too often—and especially since the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon—we find this democratic process undermined by the undue and corrosive influence of concentrated wealth on political decision-making.
EEP-CWG collaborates with groups around Massachusetts who are combating the negative effects of big money on our political system. We have been involved with efforts to amend both the U.S. and the Massachusetts constitutions to establish that corporations are not people and money is not free speech.
We have recently expanded our scope to promote the work of the following groups, most of which are working both inside and outside of Massachusetts:
Our Question to You
Our CWG adopted the following mission question in the fall of 2015:
“How may we eliminate the corrosive influence of concentrated wealth and power on all levels of government decision-making to attain the ideal of ‘one person, one vote’?”
Perhaps you have some of your own ideas about how we can best do this? This is a great time to join our CWG and help us to continue our work toward the goal of Economic Equity in Politics!
To contact us or to join the Economic Equity in Politics Certified Working Group, please go to: