We want to change that by helping citizens be the change they want to see by being the media...
(PRWEB) January 16, 2012
BeYourGovernment.org, a new post-partisan, non-profit organization, today launched its socially networkable system to empower candidates and citizens to replace, in 2012, hundreds of members of Congress who have been corrupted by the corporate and billionaire donors who finance their multi-million dollar TV ad campaigns. The website launched with a compelling YouTube music video called “Get Money out of Politics with BeYourGovernment.org.”
Ten pioneering “fresh democracy” candidates for the House and Senate, from six states, are the first to use the system at the launch of BeYourGovernment.org. Each has taken a public pledge to refuse funding from corporations and their lobbyists, so that they can work solely on behalf of the voters and not spend half their time in Washington DC meeting for-profit lobbyists and dialing for donor dollars.
BeYourGovernment.org is launching on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to commemorate the most effective non-violent movement for civil, social, and economic justice in American history. “Dr. King led a movement to empower the disenfranchised with civil and economic rights,” said Jonathan Greenberg, Executive Director of BeYourGovernment.org and an activist in the Occupy movement. “The corruption of our government has disempowered and made second class citizens of 99% of America’s citizens, while most members of Congress work for the 1% who fund their re-election campaigns. We want to change that by helping citizens be the change they want to see by being the media and replacing corrupting TV ads with our own actions over social and personal networks to help a new class of fresh democracy candidates get elected to represent “we, the people.”
This is a way for the millions of supporters of the Occupy movement, and members of Occupy itself, to “get the buck out of the ballot,” said founding Board member Liz Abzug, Executive Director of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute. “It’s time to move from protest to participation, and recreate government in 2012 without corporate money.”
The BeYourGovernment.org system includes a Candidate Platform Page, a resource guide to run for Congress in all 50 states, free political home pages for citizens, an innovative candidates’ video debate repository, and a democratically organized library of issue-oriented videos by citizens and candidates.
Citizens, declaring they will only vote for candidates who represent people and not corporations, are in turn notified when candidates in their district emerge who reject corporate lobbyist funding and have stated, in advance, their positions on specific issues. These independent candidates, who in the past have been deterred from running due to the huge cost of campaigns, will then be able to directly access local supporters.
BeYourGovernment.org launches with nine candidates for the House of Representatives and one Senatorial candidate. These include three fresh democracy candidates from South Carolina Deb Morrow, Jeanne van den Hurk, and Harold Geddings and renowned peace activist and author Norman Solomon in Northern California.