NOTE: this is Ken’s post… but I will be blogging from the conference, and you can expect a bunch of posts on related issues in coming days. – Solomon Kleinsmith
Can independents reform America? That theme is at the heart of the efforts of a growing number of groups these days, and it will be the focus of Committee for a Unified Independent Party (CUIP) Saturday in its National Conference of Independents. The conference will be held at the Skirball Performing Arts Center at New York University in New York City.
Jacqueline Salit, president of IndependentVoting.org, issued this invitation to independents considering attending:
“What we need to be talking about is that we, a small movement, are changing the political conversation in the biggest, most powerful, most complicated democracy on the planet. That is huge and we need to keep going. So come to New York and tell us your story about the independents you’ve spoken to and if we do that, I’ll give you my guarantee, we will do more than change the conversation.We will change our country.”
The following is a list of program highlights.
Watch the premier of the latest political documentary by Jackie Salit, the President and Founder of IndependentVoting.org. This multimedia presentation covers the impact of the independent movement on the Obama White House, on Congress, on the political parties and on a cross section of political forces. This cutting edge documentary is a great introduction to independent politics. It explains the relevance of the independent movement to urgent social, economic and cultural problems in America.
Hear a “Talk/Talk” conversation with Jackie Salit and Dr. Fred Newman, the Stanford-trained philosopher, playwright, author and pioneer of independent politics. Talk/Talk is a Newman/Salit specialty – think Charlie Rose, Oprah and Aristotle all rolled up into one!
Moderated by Jackie Salit and IndependentVoting.org General Counsel, Harry Kresky with:
- Theresa Amato, Ralph Nader’s Presidential Campaign Manager in 2004
- John Avlon, Senior Political Consultant, TheDailyBeast.com; Founder, No Labels
- Lenora Fulani, Co-founder, IndependentVoting.org
- Michael Hardy, General Counsel, National Action Network
- Douglas Schoen, pollster and author
- James Mangia, Executive Director, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and Founding Secretary, National Reform Party
- Cathy Stewart, Chair, New York County Independence Party
- Bradley Tusk, Founder, Tusk Strategies; Campaign Manager Bloomberg 2009
Are you a fan of Law and Order, The Good Wife, or even Judge Judy? If so, you don’t want to miss this. We will be staging a mock trial to explore a fictional (but not improbable) “people vs. the parties” controversy. A cast of prominent civil rights and election lawyers, actors, elected officials, and a famous “surprise witness” will stage a courtroom trial and in the process shed light on the growing conflict between parties’ rights and voters’ rights.
Dispatches from the Movement
Get the inside scoop from IndependentVoting.org’s leaders on what’s happening on the ground, behind the scenes, in the hallways of power and on the street corners, as independents intensify their efforts to enact structural political reforms like open primaries across the country. This is independent politics straight from the source.
Discussion and Dialogue
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the days’ proceedings in an open mic session, not to mention the chance to meet and mingle throughout the day.