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Ballot Measures: 2016 Update

Posted by kelleyw at Jul 15, 2016 07:05 PM |

The month of July marks the approval deadline for several western states—the date that any proposed ballot initiatives must turn-in enough signatures to qualify for the November general election ballot. Our executive director provides a brief update on how western states out organized these egregious ballot measure proposals!

WILD leaders are moving critical intersectional issues through their own organizations and as our political climate evolves, we can anticipate they will take on social justice issues at the ballot as well. The month of July marks the approval deadline for several western states—the date that any proposed ballot initiatives must turn-in enough signatures to qualify for the November general election ballot.

Washington and Oregon both fended off anti-human rights initiatives through organizing and strong collaboration. Causa, APANO and Unite Oregon (the newly merged group of Oregon Action, and Uniting Communities cohort alum, Center for Intercultural Organizing) built a strong coalition representing 57 groups to counter Oregonians for Immigration Reform’s multiple ballot initiatives; these initiatives were fueled by national xenophobic and white nationalist resources.

Similarly, in Washington state, Gender Justice League, Pride Foundation, Legal Voice, and Transgender Law Center came together to build a powerful coalition of over a hundred businesses, organizations, and faith leaders in a few short months. Their purpose: to counter the “Just Want Privacy” committee’s effort to overturn that state’s Human Rights Commission affirmation that transgender people can use the locker rooms and restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Western states out organized these egregious ballot measure proposals! And there’s more good news—voters across the region will have options to increase the corporate minimum tax in Oregon, and enact firearm regulations in Nevada and Washington. You can learn more about proposed ballot measures at ballotpedia.org and Ballot Initiative Strategy Center’s website.

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