Yes to Birmingham!
Birmingham is a great city. But our city hides a number of serious issues – deprivation, inequality, poverty – that affect a great number of Brummies.
We also have a major problem – the people are not engaged in the political process. Add to that a national media who are indifferent to Birmingham, and a local media weakened by the economic crisis, and you can see why Brummies are not as informed and engaged as they should be.
The turnout for the local elections and the referendum vote on 3 May 2012 was very low. The majority of people did not know what they were voting for, the politicians did not bother to tell them – instead focussing on fighting their opponents.
We need to champion our city and the people of Birmingham.
We need to understand how we are governed and how we can make change happen.
We need to hold our politicians to account.
We need to take control of our destiny, to improve the outcomes for the many, to acknowledge that there are problems and that we need solutions.
The YES TO BIRMINGHAM campaign is dedicated to informing and engaging people – to take an interest, to take the responsibility to go out and vote; to get Birmingham’s politicians to deliver what the people want and to hold them to account.
There is no easy solution, no quick fix – but these are real issues and real lives. Our city needs more equality, more fairness, more concern about all Brummies and how we can reduce poverty and increase the life chances of everyone.
We want all Brummies to sit up and take notice – this is our city, this is our home, now is the time to recognise that we have to make a difference and it is up to us to do it.
We hope you can support our campaign in whatever way you can.
Julia Higginbottom, Campaign Director