We live in interesting
times. And they are terrifying.
We have a President and Congress determined to suppress voter participation,
reduce our civil liberties, legalize discrimination, eliminate reproductive
freedom, shred the social safety net, and despoil our environment. Our state
government is dysfunctional, while infrastructure crumbles, our schools are
unfunded, and billions of dollars of unpaid bills wreak havoc on state vendors
and service providers. The fallout from federal and state action and inaction
has created an untenable burden on local government finances, resulting in
service reductions and tax increases in counties and municipalities across the
We live in interesting
times. But they are hopeful.
People across this nation have mobilized against the cruel policies of the
right-wing zealots occupying the White House and Congress. Young people are more
motivated and active than at any time since the civil rights and anti-war
movements of the 60s. "Moderate" Democrats are awaking to the reality that their
appeasement policies of the past have failed and are increasingly embracing the
liberal agenda. And growing numbers of Republicans have signaled their disgust
with the extremists leading their party.
The 2018 election promises to be a very
interesting time indeed. IVI-IPO kicked off our 2018 election
programming last month with a gubernatorial forum at our annual Dinner,
featuring all of the announced challengers. Next month our Board will meet to
begin implementation of our legislative and political campaigns to promote our
agenda of social and economic justice and government reform. In January we will
hold endorsement sessions for candidates up and down the ballot - from Governor
to County Board and everything in between.
We want to pick the best candidates to champion
our liberal/reform agenda and we need you to be part of this process. If you
re-join IVI-IPO by September 20, you will be eligible to vote in statewide and
countywide races, and in the congressional, legislative, and county board
contests in your district.
Please click here to renew your dues and come
back to IVI-IPO for this exciting and crucial political season. We can accomplish great things when we
all pull together. And have a very interesting time, as well.