|I've worked ten years in state, regional, and local government; another ten years of private-sector jobs, including two teaching English in Japan; and close to the same amount of experience with non-profit organizations and campaigns, including 5-1/2 years working with Michigan Citizen Action and a half-year job running and improving the inventory system for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.
Now I'm about to complete my eighth year in my latest career as an attorney after graduating cum laude from Cooley Law School with concentrations in administrative law and Constitutional law and civil rights, and specific training in plain-English legal writing and the legislative process. Much of my paid work combines my legal training and my knowledge of Japanese, but I have also done significant pro bono and paid work in the fields of election and Freedom of Information law.
|Lincoln defined our democracy as "government of the people, by the people, and for the people". A modern observer pointed out "that most basic condition of democratic rule that ordinary citizens, not corporate paymasters, set the agenda." Article I, Section 1 of our state constitution agrees: "All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection."
But in today's Michigan, some people and parties are more equal than others. More people call themselves independent from both Democrats and Republicans than identify with either one. Yet those major parties have monopolies by law in all kinds of government posts, and defend their power and position against interference by the people. This is one big reason why Michigan ranked dead last in an independent study of state government integrity and accountability last fall.
All government is OF the people. And everyone who's in government (or wants to get in) claims that their policies and practices are FOR the people. But I say if we aim to clean up our pleasant peninsulas, we need more government BY the people.
[X] Elections of Government BY the People:
Making sure all eligible voters can vote, all votes are counted,
and all elected officials can only be replaced by the voters.
Robust rights of recall, referendum, and initiative.
Non-partisan redistricting to end gerrymandering.
Fair access for candidates of all parties (or none) to the ballot
and to all public forums, media, Websites, financing, etc.
[X] Oversight of Government BY the People:
Stronger FOIA and open meetings laws and rules.
Citizen review boards for government enforcement actions.
Disclosure of public officials' finances and gifts to them.
Stronger definition of and limits on conflicts of interest.
Ending bi-partisan monopolies on government positions.
Protection for citizen whistleblowers
|Why Vote For John Anthony La Pietra:|
|I've been an attorney for eight years, applying my knowledge of government law to work for people's civil, election, and property rights. Backing up my legal training are ten years' experience each in government, non-profits, and the private sector. My wife Jennifer and our daughter Serenity are two of my strongest reasons to stay anchored to serving the people of the 63rd District and to stay unbought. I'll take up to $100 from any citizen who wants to support my campaign financially, and 100% of any 63rd District voter's vote but I won't take any PAC money.
Grassroots Democracy is one of the Green Partys Ten Key Values along with Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Non-Violence, Community-Based Economics, Decentralization, Feminism, Future Focus, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Respect for Diversity. As a Green, I believe we all deserve a fair say in decisions that affect our lives, not just a few fat cats with fat checks. If you want to find out more about Green Values, visit the new GPMI Website:
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map of the 63rd District: http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/2012DistrictMaps/063.pdf
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Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka
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|Mail: ||John Anthony La Pietra for State Representative/63rd District|
| ||611 N Linden St|
| ||Marshall, MI 49068|