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Citizens' Initiative Review

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Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR) brings together a representative cross-section of regular citizens to hear from advocates and experts regarding a ballot measure, and deliberate and reflect together so that they can provide clear, balanced, and trustworthy information for voters (to be put in the voters' pamphlet).

A few quotes from the panelists in their closing reflections of the pilot review — of Oregon Ballot Measure 58 (2008) — that Healthy Democracy Oregon organized in September, 2008:

"In this world where we can't talk about politics... it's really been enlightening to be here... why do they believe that way, what inspired them to think that way?"

"It's a valuable experience for me, talking to people who have a different point of view, different backgrounds, different ages."

"The main thing i really enjoyed was the respect and the kindness for each other."

"It's not right vs. wrong, it's how can we do what's best for everyone?"

"It's possible to argue without fighting, because there never was a fight... and yet there was considerable disagreement and discussion."

"Made me feel like i want to get more involved."

"I found faith in the regular Joe Voter."

"If this diverse group can do this, why can't this be the model for doing business in America?"


For more information or to get involved, see Healthy Democracy Oregon (advocating CIR in Oregon) and http://cirwa.org/ (ditto, but in Washington).