You can find some history of the contemporary initiative process, national initiative process, politics, and economics on this page. Book Talk, presentation/discussion on People’s Lobby’s Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary, which Ralph Nader placed on his 2009 Top Ten Books to Read List.

The Ed Koupal section gives reader a feel for the man.  Dream Bigger reflects some of Ed’s approach to politics and life.  People’s Lobby Founder Dies pays tribute to some of Ed’s accomplishments and style.  Death of a Salesman is a tribute from Tom Quinn, Governor Jerry Brown’s first campaign manager and top aide, to the man he came to know. God’s Angry Man Told Us So reminisces as to some reasons why Ed never wanted to give up final authority for governing our lives.  A Memorial Resolution dedicated to Ed Koupal by Senator David Roberti, on behalf of the California Senate, California Memorial Resolution.

The Joyce Koupal section In Dear Ones Joyce passes on some of the secrets to Ed and Joyce’s successes minced with memories of their life together and hopes for her children.  In Joyce resigns LAEC 1976, Ed is dying and Joyce tells the Los Anglese Energy Commission why she is resigning.  Joyce leaves LAEC a statement on safe energy, responsibility, her dying husband and atomic energy in Joyce’s atomic statement 1976. City of Los Angeles pays tribute to Joyce. Joyce’s testimony on National Initiaitve Constitutional Amendment proposalbefore Senate Judiciay Committee.  Joycerebutts IAR initiative attack.  How do groups win against overwhelming odds? ReadSuccess is Failure Analyzed.

The National Initiative section gives reader a taste of the ideas that continue evolving around the movement to provide all Americans with the tools of direct democracy.  The Case for Law by Initiative presents reasons why an Initiative America Constitutional amendment would and should work.  US Initiative can give us more clout offers reasons why substantive rather than trendy issues could be addressed with a national initiative process. Drive toward a national initiative process by Ralph Nader explains why such is healthy.  Senate Joint Resolution 67 represents People’s Lobby’s work in bringing the nation as close as it has yet come in obtaining a national initiative process.  From the National Journal John Magg’s Ballot Boxing boxes back some of anti-initiative jabs David Broder throws from his Democracy Derailed book.  People’s Lobby 1974  Proposed 27th Amendment for National Initiative and Recall. Ralph Nader testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Voter Initiative Constitutional Amendment in 1977.  An example of how Ed Koupal captured the imaginations of attendees at the 74 Critical Mass Conference and then lead that group to the Western Bloc Initiative campaign — the closest the nation has been to a national initiative campaign.  Success is Failure Analyzed represents what PL tried to do after any campaign.  It analyzed the reasons behind the electoral losses People’s Lobby had learned from and passed that information on in the hopes that the Western Bloc Safe Power Campaigns and others would learn from those hard learned lessons.

The Initiative section offers perspectives on various aspects of the “initiative.”  In Initiative Assessments 1975 historical, definitive and analytical excerpts  are taken from Cal State’s  Professor Price’s Western Political Science Quarterly essay.  How Interest Groups Use the Initiative Process In California explains how the 106 California ballot initiatives run between 1976-96 fared when charted as moneyed vesus citizen supported initiatives.  Prop 15 intended to provide more safety to state citizens on federally licensed nuclear plants.  Even in Prop 15’s defeat the initiative forces legislatures to act.  How did People’s Lobby Win Elections and Influence People — ask Ben Franklin.  Nader ‘s 1976 Direct Democracy via Referendumcolumn in Washington Star on progress on initiative process and groups who push that progress.

The Court Cases section will summarize relevant cases and provide links where available.  Buckley v Valeo 1976 equated campaign expenditures with First Amendment free political expression rights.  Nixon v. Shrink 2000 supported the Buckley ruling that said campaign contribution limitations were constitutional.  In California Supreme CourtDiamond v. Bland 1970, People’s Lobby’s landmark case, ruled that shopping centers were the functional equivalent of town centers and consequently signature gathers could collect signatures on them.  Diamond v. Bland 1974 overturned that decision based on the  decision of U. S. Supreme Court in Lloyd v Tanner 1972.

Memories of Ed & Joyce People’s Lobby

Those who knew Ed, Joyce and the Lobby chime in with their memories.  Much of this used in the book.  Sonia Danielson, Roger Telschow and John Forester worked for years with the Lobby.  Dick Larimer grew up with Ed. Roger Jon Diamond was the Lobby’s one man legal battleship. David Schmidt wrote the excellent Citizen Lawmakers, The Ballot Initiative Revolution book by Temple Press in 1989. Diana O’Brien remembers working as a high school student on Lobby projects and now serves as Lobby Board member. Save Santa Save Santa Monica Mountain environmentalists Sue Nelson remembers the Koupals as mentors.  Initiative America workhorse John Forester remembers Ed, Western Bloc, Initiative America. Son Cecil Koupal remembers parents and growing up with them.

News Coverage

San Luis Obispo Tribune answers “Who’s the strongest opponent of nuclear power in California?” Ed and People’s Lobby.  Because “Ed clobbered him…” Edison teachs speakers to defend 

San Diego Review Columns has published stories of the Lobby and the Koupals, People’s Lobby and the national Initiative movement…. .

The proposed Voter Initiative Constitutional Amendment of 1977 SJR67 initiated by People’s Lobby and its workers as a proposed 27th Amendment..

Joyce Koupal testimony to the 1977 Senate Judiciary Hearings on the proposed Voter Initiaitive Constitutional Amendment.

Nader’s testimony to the 1977 Senate Judiciary Hearings on the proposed Voter Initiaitive Constitutional Amendment.

Columnists Pierce, von Hoffman, Will, Buchanon and Brinkley as well as actor Redford chime in with their feelings on the proposed national initiative proposal.

12 Questions and Answers for Hard Working Joes

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"Take the initiative."