Welcome to the January 2024 Speak Up for Good Government newsletter.
During this election year, wading through misinformation, engaging in constructive conversation, and protecting our election will be critical.
The mission and vision of Speak Up for Good Government and my eight good government principles continue to guide my expectations for our government and for Congress.
My vision continues to be a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people". We elect politicians to represent us, but all too often they focus their efforts on their party, their donors, and the next election. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect Congress to serve its constituents by working in good faith to consistently produce legislation designed to address the critical problems in our country.
Unfortunately, we remain very far from realizing that vision. Nonetheless, I remain committed to identifying and supporting organizations whose work supports the good government principles that underpin my vision.
My intention for this year is to devote each newsletter to one of my good government principles. I will attempt to articulate the importance of each principle and provide insight into how each principle supports my vision and mission.
January social media posts:
I shared Issue One’s newest report, "Dangerous by Design," which details the dangers of social media, and offers possible interventions that could reduce that danger and maximize the positive impact of social media. Although I recommend reading the entire report, here's a link to a summary I've posted on my website.
I shared information about News Literacy Week. This annual initiative highlights the vital role of news literacy in our democracy, providing people of all ages with the knowledge and tools to become better informed and more civically engaged.
I shared information about Citizen Connect. Citizen Connect is dedicated to healing our political divides and strengthening our democracy. Citizen Connect's current focus areas are:
The 2024 election, starting with a simple nonpartisan, action-oriented page to increase voter participation.
Creating a single, simple page focused on "Political Non-Violence" to highlight ways citizens can help make 2024 a peaceful election cycle, before, during and after.
As always, I welcome your engagement and feedback.
Have a great month.