Neither local nor national problems are being resolved to our satisfaction. The war continues in Vietnam and discrimination continues at home. The schools, jobs, and housing in our district are insufficient and inadequate. Both local and national government continue to be a government over the people rather than of the people. In short, many of us feel powerless--unable to force our leaders to do what we believe they should do.
Although there may be important questions about programs and demands, the essential proposals of liberals and radicals and poor people are reasonably well known. The problem is that they seldom have the power to get their demands met. Several different approaches are possible, but one of the most direct is the attempt to change policies and leaders through organized political power at the ballot box. However, our political system is so constructed that major changes cannot be wrought by a reform group at a single election. Furthermcre, much of the nitty-gritty of politics occurs between elections. To get our demands met then we must go into politics on a permanent basis.
In the 9th Congressional District of Illinois there are 442 precincts with usually 450-600 voters each. In the majority of these there are permanent Democratic and Republican precinct captains who attempt to turn out the vote for their respective parties. (Until we can match them with an Independent precinct captain working for liberal policies and people, our influence on the government will remain marginal.) Moreover, independent precinct workers are needed 1) to help people with problems which government could solve if proper action were taken (such as in