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Tuesday, September 16, 2008: Get Involved, Help Defend Measure T!Get Involved Today!

There are a number of ways you can help:

  • Sign our petition to the court.
  • Attend the Measure T Community Meeting Wednesday, September 24th at 6:30pm at the Labor Temple in Eureka (840 E Street). Call for further details: 269-0984.
  • T Tuesdays at Democracy Unlimited. Every Tuesday night we’ll have an open time for volunteers to come by who want to get involved. There’s lots to do so come by from 4:30-8pm every Tuesday. Call for location and additional info: 269-0984
  • Write a letter to the editor. Find tips for letter writing here.
  • Put your Measure T yard sign back up. Let your neighbors know that you're defending democracy! Contact us if you need a sign: 269-0984.

Monday, September 15, 2008: Judge Refuses to Suspend Measure T for November Elections

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Friday, August 29, 2008: National Press Release

Click here to read the press release we sent out nationally...

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008: People of Humboldt County Sued Over Measure T!

We received news today that Measure T has been challenged in federal court.

The suit against the law has been filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, an anti-government legal organization that works to promote property
rights and the rights of big businesses. It is brought on behalf of Mercer-Fraser, Co., a construction company, and O & M Industries, a steel fabricator and manufacturer of heating systems.

Pacific Legal Foundation is seeking an immediate injunction against Measure T to halt the law for our November 2008 local elections.

We understood that such a legal challenge could occur when we worked on the Measure T campaign, and we are working to create a plan of action. Constitutional law expert John Bonifaz, who pledged during the campaign to serve pro bono as special legal counsel to Humboldt's county counsel, has already confirmed his ability to do so.

We sent out this statement to local inquiries earlier today:

"The people of Humboldt County have the right and duty to protect our electoral process. Voters enacted Measure T based on a legitimate concern that corporate influence in elections is undermining the integrity of our elections. It is our community's right to protect itself from threats to our democracy. The idea that a corporation's so called "rights" are more important than those of our community is unjust and illegitimate.

Measure T ensures that owners of corporations will operate as individuals in the political process, just like every other citizen, rather than gaining undue influence through their corporations.

We are not surprised by this action, but we are certainly disappointed that Pacific Legal Foundation has so little regard for the will of the people of Humboldt County."

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Spokesperson, Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights

We'll be keeping this site updated as we find out more information and further develop a strategic response.

Links to more information:

Thursday, July 6th, 2006: Measure T Takes Effect Today!
As of today, Measure T is the law of the land in Humboldt County. Today is also exactly one year from when we first turned in the language for Measure T to the Elections Department. What an anniversary!

We are currently working to draft up guidelines for candidates so they can easily follow the law when they run for office. Everyone is asking about lawsuits - as of today there is no sign of a legal challenge to the people's will.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006: VICTORY!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard over the last year to help us pass Measure T with 55% of the vote. We have received emails and phone calls from across the country with wishes of congratulations and thanks to Humboldt County for leading the fight to reclaim people's rights from corporations.

Now we're going to rest a little and take down the office. If you have a yard sign and would like us to pick it up, please contact us.

Tuesday, June 6th: ELECTION DAY!

Help us Get Out the Vote (GOTV) all day long. Stop by our office to help call supporters to make sure they vote - Hold a sign at busy intersections during rush hour - Help us check precincts during the day!

Call our office at 444-0407 to get involved with GOTV. After polls close (8pm) join us for a party at the Lost Coast Brewery as we await the election results and celebrate!

Monday, June 5th: All Day Work Party at T Headquarters

11:00am-9:00pm. Help us contact voters!

Sunday, June 4th: All Day Work Party at T Headquarters

11:00am-7:00pm. Help us contact voters!

Saturday, June 3rd: Arts Alive in Eureka

Help us hand out tea bags and other information. We'll meet at our office at 7:00pm. To help out, contact us at 444-0407.

Saturday, June 3rd: Farmer's Market in Arcata

Help us hand out tea bags and other information. To help out, contact Ryan at 825-0905.

Saturday, June 3rd: Work Party at T Headquarters
11:00am-7:00pm. Help us contact voters!

Wednesday, May 31st: Yes on T Campaign on KMUD

7:00-8:00pm. This will be a call-in show - ask your questions: 923-3911 or 1-800-KMUD-RAD
KMUD is 91.1 (SoHum) / 88.3 (No Hum) / 90.3 (Mendo) or

Wednesday, May 31st: Debate Hosted by the Times-Standard

The debate will be webcast -- broadcast online -- at at a date to be announced. To submit a question e-mail and put “Measure T question” in the subject line. Only e-mailed questions will be considered.

Tuesday, May 30th: Debate Hosted by the Arcata Committee on Democracy and Corporations

7:00pm. Senior Room at the Arcata Community Center

Saturday, May 27th - Monday, May 30th: Kinetic Sculpture Race

Help us hand out tea bags and other information. To help out, contact our office at 444-0407.

Thursday, May 25th: Houseparty to Support Measure T
Hosted by Ron and Melanie Kuhnel and their historic Magdalena Zanone House. 6:30pm-8:30pm. 1604 G Street, Eureka. Help raise funds for Measure T and find out how you can get involved in this groundbreaking campaign! Please contact us with questions: 444-0407 or

Thursday, May 11th: Tabling at League of Women Voters Candidate Debate

7:00pm. Vet's Hall in Garberville.

(CANCELLED!) Wednesday, May 10th: Forum on Measure T

Both sides of the Measure T debate will speak and discuss the Measure. 6:30-8:30pm. HSU Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East). Facilitated by the HSU Institute for Study of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Thursday, May 4th: Measure T Debate on KHSU's Thursday Night Talk

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (Yes on T) and Chris Crawford (NOT campaign) will debate on Thursday Night Talk. 7:30pm. This is a call-in show - ask your questions: 826-4805 or 1-800-640-5911. KHSU is 90.1 (Arcata) / 91.9 (Crescent City) or

Wednesday, May 3rd: Civil Liberties Monitoring Project Radio Debate on KMUD

7:00-8:00pm on KMUD. This will be a call-in show - ask your questions: 923-3911 or 1-800-KMUD-RAD
KMUD is 91.1 (SoHum) / 88.3 (No Hum) /90.3 (Mendo) or

Wednesday, May 3rd: Work Party for Measure T

Help us prepare door-hangers and other campaign materials. Listen to the KMUD debate in the company of other T supporters while helping the campaign. 6:30pm. Measure T campaign headquarters: 350 E Street, Eureka.

Tuesday, April 25th: Community Forum on Measure T

7:00-9:00pm at the Labor Temple, 840 E St., Eureka (cross street is 9th). This event is free and open to the public.
John Bonifaz, Attorney and Founder of the National Voting Rights Institute
Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Campaign Co-Manager for Measure T
John Bonifaz founded the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) in 1994, and after directing and organizing for a decade, he now serves as its general counsel.  NVRI today is a prominent legal and public education center committed to preserving the right of all citizens to vote and to participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis. 
Bonifaz and NVRI are pressing for a US Supreme Court review of a 1976 ruling which equated money with speech and sanctioned today’s system of unlimited campaign spending.  In 1999, in recognition of his path-breaking work with the National Voting Rights Institute he was awarded with a prestigious MacArthur Foundations Fellowship, otherwise known as the “genius” award.  Currently, Bonifaz is running for Secretary of State in Massachusetts.
Other speakers will include Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos and campaign Co-Manager Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. The forum will provide background information about Measure T and offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the proponents.

Saturday, April 22nd: Tabling at SLAM Fest at HSU

Tabling at the Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival at HSU campus. 12:00-8:00pm.

Thursday, April 20th: "All Things Reconsidered" with Eric Kirk on KMUD

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap from Measure T at 7pm and Chris Crawford from the NOT campaign and Humboldt Business Council at 7:30pm. This will be a call-in show - ask your questions: 923-3911 or 1-800-KMUD-RAD
KMUD is 91.1 (SoHum) / 88.3 (No Hum) /90.3 (Mendo) or

Sunday, April 9th: Letters to the Editor Tea Party

4pm at Sacred Grounds Café - 686 F Street in Arcata. Get together with other supporters to write letters to the editor and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea! Questions? Call Shannon (Letters to the Editor Coordinator) at 822-5832. Or write one on your own - check out our letter writing tips and newspaper contact information.

Sunday, April 2nd: Join us for a Measure T Fundraiser!

Join us for a Mediterranean Dinner at the Labor Temple (840 E Street, Eureka). Doors open at 6:30pm, dinner will be served at 7pm. Advance tickets are $20 per person and $24 at the door.

To purchase advance tickets make checks to HCCR, PO Box 1334, Eureka CA 95502-1334. Include the following information: Full name, phone number, number of tickets, number of vegetarians and/or non-vegetarians in your party. Checks over $99 must also include occupation and employer. Please let us know - 444-0407 or - if you would like to volunteer for this event.

Wednesday, March 29th: Letter to the Editor Writing Party

Join us Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00pm for a team effort to write letters and get to know other Measure T supporters at the campaign office, 350 E Street #102 in Eureka. Snacks and supplies provided - bring a friend!

Tuesday, March 14th: Measure T Phonebanking Begins

The campaign kicks into high gear by beginning our phonebank of registered voters in Humboldt County. For the month of March we will be phonebanking Tuesday and Thursday nights. In April we will work up to 5 nights a week. This is one of the most crucial parts of the campaign. Can you help?! Please sign up to take a shift and help us make the difference on June 6th by educating your fellow voters.

Tuesday, February 21st: Legal Experts Back Measure T

Measure T has the backing of numerous attorneys and legal experts, including Humboldt District Attorney Paul Gallegos, John Bonifaz of the National Voting Rights Institute, Robert Benson, a Constitutional scholar and attorney at Loyola University and Peter Gabel, President of the New College School of Law.

See our February 21 press release and this McKinleyville Press article by Daniel Mintz for more information.

Monday, February 13th: Elections Department Assigns Measure Letter

We've been assigned Measure Letter T, as in IT IS TIME FOR T! Be on the lookout for a new brochure and other materials to highlight Measure T.

Monday, January 30th: Petition Verification Complete

In what must be record time (six days!), the Humboldt County Elections Office has finished verifying our petitions. We received word today that we definitely submitted enough signatures to qualify for the June ballot.

The ballot initiative will now be brought before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at 9AM on Tuesday, February 7 at the Eureka Courthouse. The supervisors have the option to place our measure before voters on the June 2006 ballot or pass the ordinance immediately. We expect and hope that they will decide to put the measure before the voters. Your attendance at this meeting is encouraged. The item is part of the Consent Calendar, so we won't know until the meeting whether or not it will be discussed.

See our January 31 press release for more information.

Thursday, January 19th: Signature Gathering is Done

BIG THANKS go to all the volunteers who help collect signatures, do petition verification, gave donations and provided other support to help us collect 7,668 signatures! This is the largest amount of signatures collected for a ballot measure in Humboldt history!

We had a fabulous turn-out at our press conference on January 19th, as we turned in the signatures.

Saturday, September 17th: Signature Gathering Begins

This weekend we began petitioning at the North Country Fair. By the end of the day on Sunday we had already collected over 1000 signatures! We're well on our way to our goal of 6000.

Click here to download a PDF document of the official petition we circulated to qualify the Fair Elections and Local Democracy Ordinance for the ballot.

Wednesday, July 6th: Notice of Intent Filed With Elections
Today we went to the Elections Department of Humboldt County to turn in a notice of intent to circulate a petition to qualify the Humboldt County Ordinance to Protect Our Right to Fair Elections and Local Democracy for the June 2006 ballot.

Humboldt County Leaders Endorse Measure T!

Democratic Party of Humboldt County

Green Party of Humboldt County

Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local #1684

Building and Construction Trades of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Carpenters Union Local #751

Operating Engineers Union Local #3 AFL-CIO

Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney

Peter LaVallee, Eureka Mayor

Chris Kerrigan, Eureka City Council

Dave Meserve, Arcata City Council

Harmony Groves, Arcata City Council

Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council

Bob Ornelas, Former Arcata Mayor

Connie Stewart, Former Arcata Mayor

Elizabeth Conner, Former Arcata City Council

Julie Fulkerson, Former Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

... and hundreds of other individuals and local businesses! Join us today!

View the full list of public endorsements!


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Pros and Cons of Measure T

Learn more about Measure T in a Pros and Cons Video, produced by Eileen McGee (51 mins)


Radio Ads


Chris Kerrigan, Eureka City Counsel, and Kate Christensen, owner of The Garden Gate, support Measure T! (1 min)


Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney, and Nezzie Wade, community member, support Measure T! (1 min)


Larry Glass, owner of The Works, and Dennis Rael, owner of Los Bagles, support Measure T! (1 min)