POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS KILLING OUR COUNTRY
and we need your help to fix it!
Join Represent San Diego and work with people of all political perspectives
to fix our broken elections, end secret money and stop political bribery.
In total, we’ve passed 114 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.
OUR LATEST ACTIVITY
POLITICS! POWER! ACTION!
It’s Movie Night! We will be screening the movie “UnRepresented” online on Saturday, October 10 @ 6 p.m. PT.
UnRepresented investigates the mechanisms that give political insiders enormous, unchecked power. If you are tired of the status quo in San Diego, then join us for a virtual screening of this important new film and take part in a panel discussion following the movie to hear about grassroots movements taking shape to break this cycle.
The event will be co-hosted by RepresentUs San Diego and the Independent Voter Project, with the panel discussion including the film’s director and democracy reform experts. Please register for this event here to RSVP for what is sure to be an enlightening event.
Our most recent event — a talk with democracy reform author Daniel G. Newman who wrote Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy — was well attended. See the event here, and get the book, at unrigbook.com.
If you have something to say about political reform, we’d love to hear from you. You could write a blog post for us and we’ll give you a byline.
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 2020 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.