Ballot Measures Will Play a Key Role in the Progressive Resistance

January 19, 2017


Thursday, January 19, 2017

CONTACT: Julia Cusick

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Statement by Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Executive Director

 Justine Sarver on the role of Ballot Measures in the Progressive Resistance

Ballot measures will be a key component of the progressive resistance in the coming years 


Washington, D.C.- Justine Sarver, Executive Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) released the following statement:

The inauguration of Donald Trump ushers in a time of great uncertainty for our country. We live in a time of persistent economic inequality. Many people have yet to fully recover from the Great Recession and real wages have been stagnant for more than a generation. Meanwhile, many women, LGBTQIA Americans, people of color and immigrants feel a renewed threat to their daily existence. Our problems are too great to hope, against all evidence, that the new President and Congress will work for the benefit of us all. We must act.

“Despite the Republican takeover of the federal and many state governments, progressives have a powerful political tool in ballot measures. In the coming years, I believe that ballot measures will be a key component of the progressive resistance and a potent means to make the types of policy changes that improve the lives of working families and protect our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Ballot measures that increase working people’s economic security have proven to be winners on the ballot because they address every day needs of working families in states across the country. Thanks in part to the work of BISC and its partners, in November, voters raised the minimum wage in four states, approved revenue measures in two states and provided workers with earned sick leave in two states.

“At BISC we are already more than one year into a multi-year, multi-state, proactive strategy, Roadmap to 2020, which will put measures on the ballot to address economic inequalities and expand access to democracy nationwide.

“The next few years will present many challenges, but I am confident in the resolve of the American people and in the tenacity of those of us who have devoted our lives to fighting to improve their lives.

“It’s clear we have a lot of work to do between now and the next election. We know that ballot measures won’t solve all of our problems, but they will be an important tool in policy, protest and platform setting during the Trump administration.”