Ideas for Change Settles on a Top Ten
BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 16 2009
As I've mentioned in the past, techPresident partnered with Change.org on their Ideas for Change in America project, in which people voted for the priorities they'd most like the incoming Obama Administration to tackle. Final voting wrapped at midnight on the west coast last night, and winners have been named. These ten ideas that got the most votes will be partnered with participating non-profits, and the progress of their campaigns will be tracked documentary-style with the help of Participant Media. Change.org presented the top ten in the random order below, but we've added in the 2nd round vote totals pulled from each idea's page. Drumroll, please...
- Pass the DREAM Act - Support Higher Education for All Students (12,010 votes)
- Appoint Secretary of Peace in Department of Peace and Non-Violence (14,994)
- Free Single Payer Health Care (13,928 votes)
- Develop & Implement a National Strategy for Sustainability (9,644 votes)
- Pass Marriage Equality Rights for LGBT Couples Nationwide (11,889 votes)
- Make the grid green in 10 years (12,913 votes)
- Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana (19,530 votes)
- Get FISA Right, repeal the PATRIOT Act, and restore our civil liberties (12,285 votes)
- Save Small Business From the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) (12,280 votes)
- Health Freedom IS Our First Freedom (12,062 votes)
What do you make of the results? Of course, not the tough part begins: trying to turn these visions into concrete change. I propose some sort of face-off where the idea that becomes reality first wins a huge, huge cash prize. Of course, some of the winners are at an advantage. The DREAM Act, which sets up a path to residency for undocumented college students or military members, stands a decent chance of passage in an off election year. A Department of Peace is probably a harder sell, though Dennis Kucinich has been making a strong case for it for years.