Building a New Era of Democracy in
New Jersey Politics
We are living through what could be New Jersey’s most significant election reform era in modern history. The combination of the anti-Trump progressive movement, the resurgence of civil rights as a national priority, a general acceptance that democracy is in trouble and requires ongoing vigilance, and newfound voter awareness of New Jersey’s unique set of anti-democratic traditions and rules all create a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change.
But reform won’t happen by itself.
The We The People coalition is dedicated to the hard work required to make structural change. We aim to improve citizens’ access to power, through increased voting access, but also removing the barriers to meaningful civic engagement. We will use a variety of tactics, from litigation to legislation, from community organizing to capacity building. This coalition is the hub for the power building and long term structural change that will restore real democracy to the people of NJ.
The first chapter of this work is multifold. We are supporting The Line Lawsuit for primary elections and exploring fusion voting for general elections. In parallel, we will also focus on ethics and NJ corruption reform, voter turnout, supporting our allies to pass Same Day Voter registration, and on building power through strategic, comprehensive voter engagement, leading to stronger civic institutions in places where voter disengagement is still a major impediment to equity.
We the People is made up of labor institutions, advocacy groups and grassroots groups that support an inclusive democracy.
Our Initial Focus
Build Voter Participation
Increase civic engagement capacity in marginalized communities. Methods include voter outreach, our work toward abolishing the county ballot line and restoring fusion voting.
Money in Politics
Launch anti-corruption reforms aimed at reducing pay to play and County government power and controls.
Provide accountability and transparency so that state and local governments work for the people, not for wealthy corporate interests.