WE.jpgWhen: 10/7/17

Where:  Washington, DC

National Popular Vote & People Power March

JOIN US FOR THE FIRST “NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE & PEOPLE POWER MARCH” IN WASHINGTON, DC, ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 (COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND)–OR SISTER MARCHES ACROSS THE U.S.

Our march celebrates high-impact citizenship–or “people power”–and supports the successful passing of the Constitutionally legal “National Popular Vote” bill in enough states for citizens to directly elect the U.S. President by way of an “Interstate Compact.”

The National Popular Vote is fundamental; it’s about the structure—the bones—of our democracy and impacts all of today’s progressive goals—from women’s rights to global warming solutions to workplace democracy and responsible corporatism to healthcare and immigration reform to racial and marriage equality and so on—because they likely will find a much more conducive federal environment under a President elected by the majority of citizens.

Ask yourself: Am I ready to directly decide who leads the country? And especially now, in the era of Donald Trump, am I ready to avoid repeating Hillary Clinton’s “winner-take-all” electoral college defeat of 2016 or Al Gore’s of 2000 or the other three times this has happened in U.S. history? If we had had the National Popular Vote in place in 2016, we would not be in the mess we are in today. Let’s not make the same mistake in 2020.

BACKGROUND:
The Constitution (Article II, Section 1) gives the states exclusive control over awarding their electoral votes. In the case of the “National Popular Vote” Interstate Compact, the states will award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

As of spring 2017, the “National Popular Vote” bill has been enacted into law in 11 states–CA, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VT, WA–for a combined total of 165 out of a needed 270 electoral votes, and additional efforts are underway. The bill will take effect once it receives at least 105 more electoral votes from further states. With enough support from all of us, hopefully we’ll reach this goal in time for the 2020 presidential election.

HERE’S HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
(1) Learn about the “National Popular Vote” bill, particularly by visiting the website of the bill’s sponsor, the nationwide National Popular Vote organization: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com

(2) Join this Facebook page as a group member even if just to stay informed, then share the page with family, friends, and other groups.

(3) Go to Facebook’s “National Popular Vote & People Power March” in Washington, DC, events page (https://www.facebook.com/events/250604692066481/) to (tentatively) sign up for the main march.

OR visit Facebook’s separate “National Popular Vote & People Power–Sister Marches” events page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1872793173003722/) for other states and towns across the U.S., precise locations to be determined.

(4) Watch the effort grow; this is just the start. If the idea sounds too ambitious, remember that the Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March started with a lady in Hawaii!

(5) Plan (and self-organize) a sister march in your own state or town, but periodically check this Facebook page for updates in order to stay aligned.

(6) Meanwhile, support the nationwide legislative National Popular Vote efforts currently underway by donating your energy, time, information-sharing, and/or funds to this FOUNDATIONAL cause.

(7) Make the National Popular Vote bill a distinct and highly visible ELECTION ISSUE in your state’s Senate and House elections.

ABOUT US:
We are a small New Mexico group called “New Mexico Indivisibles for the National Popular Vote,” which formed in early 2017 to support the National Popular Vote in New Mexico and beyond. We plan to locate, and work with, major march co-organizers with a Washington, DC, presence and national experience and outreach. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP WITH THIS.

OUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE MARCH, IN CASE YOU NEED IT: natlpopvotemarchdc@gmail.com

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