Last week, we got a call from the City Recorder's office: "You'd better start preparing," Chris Meeker said, "because YOU are on the ballot!"
That's right! In November, tens of thousands of Salt Lake voters will go to the polls and be able to say, loud and clear, that corporations are not people, that money is not speech, and that we need an amendment to the Constitution that says the same so that we can start making a real democracy in this country.
This year, over 90 cities will pass resolutions in support of Move to Amend's Constitutional amendment. But Salt Lake is special: We are the FIRST city in the whole country to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot though sheer citizen mandate. It is also the first time Salt Lake has ever had a citizens initiative on its local ballot.
This is truly a momentous occasion, and you were all a vital part of it. The clerk's office gave us some sobering numbers: We made our goal of 7,142 by just over 100 signatures.
Phew! That means that every single one of you--whether you collected ten, twenty, fifty or five hundred signatures--was an absolutely crucial part of getting on the ballot. If you hadn't gone out canvassing even one day, we might have missed our mark.
That's proof that we need every single one of you to win on election day and push this issue one step further.
We have been using our month off to create some inspiring plans for phase two of our campaign. We will unveil these soon, but let's just say that we'll be creating the kind of democracy we want to see as we dismantle the corpocracy that we don't want to see.
We'll be giving you a call in the next few weeks to invite you to the launch of the second part of our campaign. When we do, say you'll be there. We need your heads, hearts, talents and time if we're going to create a true grassroots groundswell of outrage and possibiility all over the nation.
Folks are looking to Salt Lake for inspiration, and we want them to see you!
With excitement and dedication,
The Move to Amend Salt Lake Organizing Collective