Citizens In Charge Foundation Names Robert Corry December Lilburne Award Winner

Thu, Jan 22 2009

Citizens in Charge Foundation (CICF), a national group that works to educate citizens and opinion leaders on the importance of the voter initiative and referendum process, today named Colorado attorney Robert Corry as the December winner of the John Lilburne Award.

“John Lilburne struggled to establish the peoples’ right to petition their government, and Robert Corry should be remembered for his efforts to defend that right.” Said CICF President Paul Jacob.

Corry is honored for his work to defeat Colorado Referendum O, a measure placed on the ballot by the Colorado general assembly which would have effectively gutted Colorado’s initiative process increasing the number of signatures required to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, required signatures meet a geographical distribution, and reduced the time period that initiative proponents have to circulate petitions. The measure failed to pass on November 4 by a margin of 52% ‘No’ to 48% ‘Yes’.

“Referendum O was aimed at killing Colorado’s initiative process, and by taking the initiative to fight against this destructive measure Robert helped preserve Coloradans’ ability for citizen-led government,” said Jacob.

The John Lilburne Award is given monthly by CICF in honor of 17th Century English pamphleteer, political activist, and champion of individual rights John Lilburne, who advocated constitutional government and pioneered the use of petitioning and referenda for redress against government power and abuse.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Brandon Holmes at (703) 492-1776 or brandon@citizensincharge.org.