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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Get money out of politics by putting the people back in

Coalition for Grassroots Progress
May 20, 2015                                                                  
Recently the satirical publication The Onion asked “What is the purpose of super PACs?” Their answer was “To counteract the excessive influence ordinary voters exert on US elections.”

Satire or not, we at the Coalition for Grassroots Progress believe that The Onion is right, and that the only way we’ll be able to get money out of politics is if the people put themselves back in. 

We saw evidence in last year’s election that putting the people back into the political process makes a remarkable difference in election results. The grassroots group Richmond Progressive Alliance organized voters to beat Chevron’s multi-million dollar campaign spending in Richmond, California, and it worked: the progressives won!

Fast-forward to next month, on June 20 at 3:00 p.m., when representatives from the Richmond Progressive Alliance, plus former Mayor (and current Richmond City Council member) Gayle McLaughlin, will come to Petaluma to tell us how they did it. You won’t want to miss this inspiring and exciting event, so save the date and RSVP here. And as a bonus, Norman Solomon will also speak at this event!

Meanwhile, on June 9, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will be considering a living wage ordinance for Sonoma County employees and contractors. Unbelievable as it may seem, Sonoma County is still not paying a living wage to all its employees. North Bay Jobs with Justice has proposed a living wage ordinance, and we need supporters to attend that meeting to voice their support for the idea that no county employee should be paid less than a living wage.

At this time it’s not known if the living wage will be on the morning or afternoon agenda for June 9, but as soon as it’s known, that detail will be posted on the Jobs with Justice website where information about the proposed ordinance is already posted.

In ongoing news that we’ve been following, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison. We highly recommend this article by Norman Solomon about that case.

The Coalition for Grassroots Progress is an independent community-based political action committee for progressive change.  This work is only possible with your financial support. The best way you can help is to become a recurring, monthly donor . Our dedicated team ensures even the smallest contributions go a long way; please consider a donation of any amount to CGP today.

Thank you for your activism and your support,

Alice Chan and Anna Givens 
Coalition for Grassroots Progress


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