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A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Ballot Measures Database

    The Ballot Measures Database from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a searchable database of all state ballot measures for every state in the United States. The information in the database goes back to 1902 and includes the year 1898. For each ballot measure, the database shows the number or letter of the measure, its title, type (legislative or popular referendum, initiative, or other), and status—whether the measure passed or failed and by what voting percentage. The database also includes a brief summary, but full text of the measure is not available here. The measures are searchable and browsable according to election year, state, and election and measure type. NCSL has divided the measures for easy browsing into topics including abortion, gambling & lotteries, bond measures, economic development, and more. The measures are searchable by keyword in the title and summary, but note that the keyword is not currently highlighted in the search results. This database constitutes yet another useful resource from NCSL.
    [Author: I. Haight]
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
    According to its mission statement, the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute (MCLI) "uses Human Rights and Constitutional Law to promote fundamental human rights within the United States, including the right to jobs, food, and housing." Named in honor of Alexander Meiklejohn, an educator and free-speech advocate, MCLI's areas of focus include: helping individuals enforce their civil rights and their right to peace, education, jobs, justice, and a healthy environment; publishing and presenting material on United States and international human rights and humanitarian law; developing ways of using human rights law "in new venues from city commissions to U.N. committees;" and providing access to the history of human rights and peace law in the U.S. that is not reported by traditional law services. MCLI's pioneering approach to defending human rights by advocating for the domestic enforcement of international human rights law is documented in its "Shadow Reports," which are linked to several levels down under the "Our Work" tab on the home page. Most of MCLI's archival collection, established in 1965, was donated to UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library in 2007. The archival material itself is not available online, but a finding aid may be consulted at The MCLI website provides access to an online archive of the Institute's newsletter, dating from 2010 forward. As part of its educational mission, MCLI offers continuing legal education for lawyers and internships for law students with an interest in human rights law.
    [Author: J. Pajerek]
Sustainable Economies Law Center
    Located in Oakland, CA, the mission of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) is to provide essential legal tools so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community. The SELC develops policy recommendations and spearheads targeted legislative campaigns in order to enable more localized, resilient economies. The SELC has a number of attorneys who are “fellows” of the center, and it operates the Resilient Communities Legal Café which runs weekly at different locations in California, and provides direct legal advice, workshops, teach-ins, discussions, and legal services to businesses and organizations that are trying to make their communities a better place to live and thrive. The website has links to the various programs that are run by the SELC as well as opportunities to get involved with its work. It also has links to five legal eResource libraries containing topical legal information on urban agriculture, community food production, cooperatively owned businesses, etc. Users can sign up to receive the SELC newsletter, and there are social media links to the SELC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
    [Author: S. Leers]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers., J. Pajerek (editor)


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