POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS KILLING OUR COUNTRY
and we need your help to fix it!
Right now, many of us are seeing our in-boxes flooded with requests for end of-year giving to candidates and causes. We’re not asking for your money but we are asking for something equally valuable and just as powerful: Represent San Diego is asking for your time.
We’re all too used to a non-responsive government to the point of many giving up. But nothing gets fixed if we quit, so we can’t. In the past year, we’ve seen repeatedly how even our local elected officials ignore the voices of the people they serve and support their donors more than their constituents. This isn’t just a national problem;, our political system is failing us at every level.
One candidate, one campaign, one cause — no matter how worthy — will not be the silver bullet that turns the tide. Only if we act together can we fix what’s wrong with our elections, and strive for a system that is accountable, responsive and represents us all. Until then, urgent health, education, economic and justice issues will not be addressed.
If you have a few hours a month to get informed or a few hours a week to call volunteers, if you are interested in behind-the-scenes administration or being out-front running education programs, we need you. If you have never volunteered before or run a volunteer organization — we need you!
In January, we’re gathering together to talk about the many ways we could fight to empower San Diegans, we hope you’ll join us on this journey. We’ll be starting our planning process for change at the 2022 ballot box. Our success depends on how many people in San Diego care about our democracy and are willing to fight for it.
On Behalf of Represent San DIego
In total, we’ve passed 124 transformative anti-corruption laws — from anti-gerrymandering and ranked choice voting to sweeping ethics and transparency laws — all with the goal of unrigging the system and fighting back against legalized corruption.
We believe that in order to end corruption, we need to do three things: (1) Fix our elections, (2) Ban dark money, (3) Stop political bribery.
HOW TO START?
- Become passionate advocates for reform. Commit to talking to at least 3 people about the problems in our electoral system and how we can implement change.
- Share our posts on social media. We’re on Facebook, and Twitter, but you can share them anywhere. We also have our own Meetup group.
- Volunteer for local outreach to our members. Making local calls and sending texts helps propel us to local victories, which help move us closer to the tipping point at which change starts to happen nationally.
- Write for us. If you’ve got something to say about an aspect of political reform, especially if it’s related to one of our ongoing campaigns, you can write a blog post for us.
SO FAR WE HAVE HELPED
ABOUT REPRESENT US
WHY WORKING LOCALLY WORKS
Like most Americans, Represent Us believes that informed and engaged citizens should be able to elect representatives who enact public policies that serve the common good. This is the bedrock ideal on which our democracy is based.
All across the country, however, our democracy is failing this ideal. We hold election after election, yet our leaders consistently fail to address the most pressing issues of our time — climate change, health care reform, human rights, income inequality and now the COVID-19 crisis.
Why don’t our elected officials address these challenges?
The answer lies in the fact that their loyalty is not to “We the People”, but to the big-money donors and lobbyists who underwrite their campaigns to keep them in office. Add the toxic effects of gerrymandering, which undermine the integrity of our elections, and it’s no mystery why our democracy is so dysfunctional.
Our democracy needs an upgrade, but those currently in power will not make it happen. Citizens across the country must build a movement at the local level to drive change at the national level. History has shown time and again that widespread local action can eventually create major national change.
To this end, the San Diego chapter of Represent Us has studied the landscape of our city and partnered with other like-minded organizations to pursue the following reforms:
HOW WE WIN
WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON
RANKED CHOICE VOTING
Learn about our efforts to get Top 4 RCV on the San Diego November 2022 election ballot.
VOTERS’ VOICE INITIATIVES
Find out about our efforts to bring the Democracy Dollars program to San Diego.
AMERICAN ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT
Our long-term national goal is to pass this bill. Learn what it is & why it would be good for democracy.
CONNECT & MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Represent San Diego meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month. The last few monthly meetings have been via Zoom due to COVID-19. Like us on Facebook and Meetup to stay up-to-date on our meeting dates & times. You can also follow us on and join the conversation on our Slack channel. Contact us for an invitation to our channel.
We couldn’t do this work without our volunteers. Whether you contribute financially or volunteer your time, there are many ways to get involved.
Our election system is broken. Help us pass election reform so the new system works for all Americans, regardless of class or political beliefs.
Money talks. Lobbyists shell it out and politicians listen. Help us implement a system of public financing to end dark money and special interest influence.