People's Lobby is the non-profit
501c4 corporate sponsor of the
citizen-initiated American World Service Corps congressional proposals.
People's Lobby Inc. was founded by
two of America's most astute and dedicated political crusaders, Edwin
& Joyce Koupal. They were extraordinary public citizens,
un-intimidated by politicians or the political process. Because of them,
California passed the Political Reform Act of 1974 with 70% of the vote
and established the Fair Political Practice Commission to ride herd over
big money and lobbyists in California politics.
They taught their brigade of working
"mules" a well grounded American tenet that revolved around:
"Final responsibility rests with the people.
Therefore, never is final authority delegated."
"This country runs on laws. If you want to
change the country, change its laws. If you want to run the country, write
At the five day
2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy‘s July 31, 2010 evening
Ralph Nader was the featured speaker.
The last question Ralph answered during the Citizens in Charge
reception before saying goodnight was:
"In the 70s, you referred to People’s Lobby as the best
grassroots organization in the nation.
Why did you say that and what ingredients do you believe People's
Lobby had that may be needed or missing today?”
Ralph then spent several minutes giving glowing tribute
to Edwin and Joyce Koupal's People's Lobby.
Paraphrasing Ralph, he said …
“People's Lobby was the most powerful social organizing
movement I have seen post World War II…
“The Koupal's People's Lobby could organize an
initiative almost at will…
“They were opening the Colorado office to push
their national initiative idea…
“At this Global Conference on Direct Democracy, you
should be studying their little blue book (Ordinary People Doing the
Extraordinary by Dwayne Hunn
and Doris Ober) and committing
the details of that book to your efforts…
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