Conservatives and progressives join forces in San Gabriel Valley to fight corruption; New group, Represent San Gabriel Valley Chapter launches with open meeting
Published : Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 12:48 PM
A new local group whose organizer said it intends to combat government corruption by convincing local lawmakers to pass laws that address political bribery and promote campaign finance reform has planned a launch meeting for Sunday, July 9 in Pasadena.
The organization is called Represent San Gabriel Valley, a spinoff from the national Represent.Us, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group organized in 2012 with the intent of bringing together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to pass anti-corruption laws.
Represent.Us said it has over 50 chapters, with over half a million members and volunteers in every state.
Sean McMorris, a San Gabriel resident and Board Member of the new San Gabriel Valley chapter, said he started planning a local chapter about six months ago when he had “some battles” with the Alhambra City Council.
That experience encouraged McMorris to look at Represent.Us and he started coordinating with the organization to be able to set up a local chapter.
“We’re putting aside partisan differences and working together to protect our communities from corruption and build momentum for national reform,” McMorris said. “We need to fix our broken political system and we know our government won’t do it for us: we have to fight corruption ourselves.”
McMorris said the group asks members from each city to attend all local City Council meetings and report on them.
“The people that we have that go to the Pasadena City Council meetings have brought up some real concerns, like, ‘We think there’s some conflict of interest here, how do we follow the money?’ So we walk them through how they can basically follow the money back to where it’s coming from,” McMorris said.
McMorris said anyone with a genuine concern for political reform can join Represent San Gabriel Valley and is welcome to attend Sunday’s organizational meeting, which starts at 3 p.m. in the Pasadena Public Library.
Represent San Gabriel Valley, in tandem with Represent Los Angeles, are the two local chapters of Represent.Us, which claims to be the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign. Represent.Us brings together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to pass anti-corruption laws in cities and states around the country.
“Local, grassroots organizing is how we win the fight against corruption.” Said Represent.Us Executive Director, Josh Silver. “Together we are building a movement from the ground up and fighting for a future where political outcomes are dictated by the best ideas, not the biggest bank accounts.”
The meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut Street in Pasadena.
For more information about the local anti-corruption movement contact Sean McMorris, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 382-6994.