We want our democracy.
The People's Legislature is a unique, multi-partisan citizen assembly devoted to reaching out to the politically homeless and building a statewide, grassroots movement to take back government and rehabilitate democracy in Wisconsin.
The first People’s Legislature was held on January 4, 2005 and drew more than 1,100 people. Participants approved a four-part reform agenda including comprehensive campaign finance reform, independent ethics enforcement, competitive elections through reform of legislative redistricting, and preservation of local fiscal control. Regional forums following up on the first People’s Legislature were held across the state, and a petition drive was launched to build the 1,100-member citizen assembly into a network of 50,000 or more. More than 400 members of the People's Legislature took part in a rally for reform at the Capitol on October 27, 2005. Within days of the rally, the state Senate passed an ethics enforcement reform bill supported by the People's Legislature.
The remarkable response to the idea of a People's Legislature is testimony to the hunger for change and the need for a healthy, functioning democracy that allows the collective voice of the people to be heard loud and clear at the Capitol.