Petition update

Fire John Cooper Petition Update

C​.​J. Ezell
Fairhope, AL, United States

Jul 19, 2019 — 

Hello Everyone!

First off I want to say "THANK YOU!" for taking a few minutes of your time to sign the online petition AND to read this email. At the time of this writing, over 1,275 of you have signed it! An impressive number for the 36 hours mark. I had not planned to send out any emails as I didn't think they would be necessary; however, it appears that they are.

Unlike others who are spearheading other efforts to thwart the toll, I AM NOT doing this for political gain. I AM NOT attempting to build a block of future voters in anticipation of a run for office. I merely launched this petition to voice my displeasure with the way John Cooper and his employees at ALDOT have handled this entire process.

I also feel like I need to make some clarifications to misinformation that is being spread by administrators of the "Block the Mobile Bayway Toll" Facebook Group.

First off, they are actively telling members of the group that there IS NO PETITION. They are saying that their group IS THE PETITION. As you all know, there most certainly IS a petition because you have all signed it. They see this petition as a "distraction," which is preposterous as it takes less than 5 minutes to sign ONE TIME. We aren't in a competition, which is apparently how they see it.

Second, they openly admonish anyone who attempts to speak about alternate funding means such as a lottery, marijuana legalization, etc. They marginalize anyone who doesn't fall in line and comply with their orders or attend their orientation. They think their path to victory is the only way. As it is their group, I suppose that is their right, but I think it's the wrong approach.

Third, they shut down ANY attempt to discuss petitions, recalls, or I&R. Their rationale is that any other conversation is unproductive and a "distraction from the mission." Again, I think they are wrong in taking this approach.

While there is truth to the fact that Alabama currently does not recognize petitions as a legal measure, they are NOT a waste of time or a distraction. They send a message, which is why I started this petition in the first place.

No, Alabama does not currently have a method in place to recall elected officials. This is precisely why we need I&R measures in place. If you're not familiar with the term I&R, it stands for Initiatives and Referendums. I&R is the legal process by which the citizenry can petition to place measures before the voters. There are currently 27 states in the U.S. that have some form of I&R legislation on the books. Alabama NEEDS this, and we need to talk to our elected officials about this TODAY. Can I&R help us with the bridge situation now? No, but again if we don't start talking about it now, it won't be able to help us when the next boondoggle pops up either.

It goes against conventional wisdom to attempt to shut down rational, intelligent conversations about this issue. The reason we are in this mess, to begin with, is because we don't have ENOUGH civilized debate and discussions about political issues that affect us all.

I am surprised and disappointed that this is the stance that they have taken, but still, it is their group. I would think that they would welcome any other attempts to stop the toll that has numbers. What sounds better? Saying there's a FB group with 30,000 members or saying there's a FB group with 30,000 and an online petition with 15,000 signatures? I'm sure they have their reasons, but I sure don't understand or agree with them.

Let me also be clear in saying that I have no interest in starting my own FB opposition group, as I think that it would be counterproductive to the overall agenda.

I will wrap this up by again saying thank you and asking you to help spread the word of this petition. Share the links on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever social media platform you may prefer. Copy and Paste the following hashtags and the link into the comments section of EVERY news article you read that talks about this issue.

 #FireJohnCooper#NoShadowTax #NoPayWay #SaveTheBayway

http://chng.it/hGF4xkcKWJ

Have a great night, and keep up the fight! As always, if you have any questions for me, please feel free to email me at cjezell@gmail.com

C.J.


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