On Tuesday, a volunteer spoke with a city official who quoted our required valid signature number at near 1,000 more than previously quoted. Suddenly our comfortable cushion of 900 signatures became almost 1, 000 too short. We immediately sent off alerts to advocates across the city and 12 volunteers hit the streets for the fourth of July.
Thanks to all that came out yesterday to collect anti-poverty signatures on the fourth. We pulled in a few hundred signatures in under two hours.
It was a rough event. The heat was intense, Tim Eyeman's paid petitioners were competing to bend ears, and the day ended badly with the arrest of 17+ protesters. Keep your eyes on this news story, folks. By the witness accounts I've heard, this was a clear display of authoritarianism and brutality. PJALS is committed to lending support to the arrestees.
We are still short about 800 signatures.
These must be turned into the city Tuesday, leaving us five days to secure a spot on the ballot for the anti-poverty initiative.If you have not signed the initiative petition, please stop into PJALS (35 W. Main, upstairs from Global Folk Art). We'll be there Friday and Saturday afternoon until 6:30-7.
Can you help? This campaign has relied on the volunteer work of extraordinary individuals committed to take steps toward ending the poverty in our community. No special skills are required, just a commitment to asserting our rights to act for justice in our community. It's easy to learn the basics of the initiative, and just two hours of volunteer work can net 40 signatures, a huge boost.
Your commitment of a few hours over the next few days will make the difference to get economic justice onto the ballot in November.
Please call PJALS at 838-6025 to lend your support.
If you are going to a gathering in the next few days please call us for a petition to take along. Every single signature will help.
Have your friends signed? Your parents? Your neighbors? Signatures must come from registered voters who live in the city limits of Spokane. We will be meeting at the community building back door at 6:45 on Saturday evening to collect signatures from concert goers at Riverfront Park. Please show up if you have a few hours.
We'll be collecting from concert goers at the Allison Kraus show on Sunday night. Can you help? 7-8:30 PM.
Do you know about another event that we could attend to collect signatures?
Thanks for all that you do for peace and justice.