Perhaps you have already heard of Represent.Us, a relatively new, nationally based, nonprofit, cross partisan, anti-corruption organization.
I am happy to report that there is already a local group, called Represent.Boston, that is working actively in Cambridge. We are working on passing legislation that gives residents more power to voice their opinions in the face of big money. The legislation sets up a public-voucher system, involves improved transparency and disclosure, and ensures that locally elected leaders can not vote on zoning changes for companies from whom they have received money.
We’re having an event on Wednesday, 4/15 from 4-6 p.m. in the heart of Central Square. Look for a tent near the T station. You are more than welcome to come by and see what we are up to. I think it may help you to feel a bit more hopeful about the future of our democracy!
The legislation that Represent.Boston is proposing is based on the American Anti-Corruption Act (AACA) proposed by Represent.Us. The overall strategy is to think nationally, but act locally. If you have a few minutes, you can:
- Watch a 4.5 minute informational video about Represent.Us
- Read about our Cambridge legislation
- Sign to support this local act
- Sign up to volunteer for Represent.Boston
- Tweet your support to @representboston
If you like what you see, please be sure to endorse what we are doing in Cambridge by co-sponsoring AACA. The more endorsements we collect, the more likely it is that Cambridge will respond positively to our legislation and pass necessary reform.