This Week in the 'Que
First, the weather:
Second, Go Local :
It's that time of year again and we have great Farmers Market options in Albuquerque.
Please note for which weekend morning these are open - two are Saturday, 2 are Sunday
IDEA OF THE WEEK
HOW IT WOULD WORK
Building on our current public elections program, every Albuquerque resident would receive $25.00 worth of “Democracy Dollars” in the mail and could donate that money to local candidates of their choice who qualify for a publicly financed campaign and who agree not to accept private contributions.
- The system would require no additional city funding and would enable working- and middle-class candidates to compete against wealthy or well-connected candidates.
- A wide range of Albuquerqueans without big pocketbooks would be given a new way of participating in campaigns and having our voices heard.
- Candidates could focus on the issues important to the communities they serve instead of dialing for dollars from big donors and special interests.
- The Democracy Dollars system would enable a more diverse candidate pool the opportunity to compete in our elections and have a chance to serve in office.
- Editor's Note: Democracy Dollars will also allow a greater pool of Albuquerque residents to financially support local candidates - voters who might otherwise not have the wherewithal to contribute to local candidate campaigns
From Common Cause Fact sheet:
Albuquerque would not be the first to implement a Democracy Dollars system.
Seattle has utilized this system to engage under-represented and under-served
populations in local elections—with great and well-researched results.
- When Seattle implemented the system in 2015, grassroots participation in
publicly financed campaigns increased 230% and was dramatically more
racially and economically diverse.
- Research demonstrates that the more representative an electorate is of its
communities and families, the more equitable the policy outcomes.
TO DO LIST:
Download this pdf: Democracy Dollars FAQ- It provides you with a visual that Common Cause, a local non-profit, has created to help people better understand DEMOCRACY DOLLARS.
After you have read about Democracy Dollars, what's next? That depends on you...
Sign a Petition or Collect Signatures so that we can get this on the November Ballot.
Get involved as a volunteer, or to sign the official petition in person!
- Contact the Campaign Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click Here to Sign Up Online
LET'S PUT ALBUQUERQUE ON THE MAP FOR ITS INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND CAN DO! ATTITUDE
Thank you for supporting this non-partisan initiative.