Video: Crossroads for an Independent America

March 18, 2017

Video: Crossroads for an Independent America

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Independent Voting held its Ninth Biennial National Conference of Independents. “Crossroads for an Independent America” brought together over 350 independent activists from 36 states to engage the issue of empowerment for independent voters and the creation of a new political culture.

VIDEO SEGMENTS OF CONFERENCE:

    Segment 1 – Welcoming remarks and Live Focus Group “Who are America’s Independent Voters?”  moderated by:  Thom Reilly, Director, ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Cathy Stewart, VP for National Development, Independent Voting. Also, commentary on the focus group offered by Doug Schoen, Pollster, political strategist and advisor, author. (Running time 54 mins.)
  • Segment 2 – President’s Address by Jacqueline Salit, President of Independent Voting. Follow up dialogue moderated by Harry Kresky, Esq and Jackie Salit with: Tiani Coleman, Founder, New Hampshire Independent Voters,  Michael Hardy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel to the National Action Network, Daniel Ortega, Jr., Board Member, Cesar Chavez Foundation and Rick Robol, Chair of Independent Ohio. Audience Q & A closes out this segment. (Running time 1:37 mins.)
  • Segment 3 – Keynote address by Lenora B. Fulani, 1988/1992 Independent presidential candidate and co-founder, Independent Voting, on the topic of Power, Poverty and Democracy.  (Running time: 20 mins.)
  • Segment 4 –  Conversations moderated by Jacqueline Salit on the topic of opening up the Presidential Debates, lessons learned from the Sanders campaign and the untold story of South Dakota’s attempt to pass top two open primaries. Participants include Chad Peace, President of IVC Media LLC, Charlotte Scot, Independents United for Progress, Malcolm Burn, Political activist, award winning music producer and John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries. Participants in the Unsung Heroes: The Story of South Dakota’s Amendment V segment include: Nancy Hallenbeck, President of the League of Women Voters of Sioux Falls, SD; Adam Morfeld, State Senator (D-Lincoln), Executive Director and Founder of Nebraskans for Civic Reform; Jason Olson, Director of National Outreach, Open Primaries; Justin Otoski, US Army Veteran, Voter Outreach Coordinator, Yes on V Campaign; Chuck Parkinson, Former Reagan and Bush Appointee, Longtime Senior Staff; Tamara Pier, Former City Attorney of Rapid City, SD.  (Running time: 1:22 mins.)

A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM JACQUELINE SALIT

Crossroads for an Independent America: The 2017 National Conference of Independents

With partisan politics delivering us to gridlock and conflict, to a fog of spin and uncertainty, the American people are hungry for something different. Independents are working to satisfy that hunger by re-creating our system of politics.  This will require many varied reforms and different kinds of dialogues—we work hard at both!  Our country has serious problems. We need to create a new set of democratic and developmental political tools that Americans  need new political tools can use to produce a better life for every family and every community.

Independent Voting builds networks and connections everywhere—communities and voters with many different histories are a part of this.  At the same time, we have no stake in preserving the old order of the all-powerful entrenched parties. They parties insist that ideology be the defining feature of politics.  We believe in progress, not categories.  We believe in people, not parties.

Today’s gathering is a crossroads of this emerging movement.  We are proud to have so many parts of this “becoming” force represented here. Thank you all for being part of this event and for choosing to lead building an independent America.

 

Crossroads for an Independent America

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——————————— 10:30 AM ———————————

Registration

——————————— 11:30 AM ———————————

Welcoming Remarks

Gwen Mandell, Director of National Outreach, Independent Voting

Omar H. Ali, Dean and Professor, Honors College, UNC-Greensboro,

Gwen Ballard, Coalition of Independent Voters in Colorado

Who are America’s Independent Voters? Live Focus Group

Moderators: Thom Reilly, Director, ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy

Cathy Stewart, VP for National Development, Independent Voting

Participants: Dee Curlee (SC), Juli Dominguez (IN), Domonique Edwards (NC), Dave Ellis (OR),
Juliana Francisco (NY), Steve Hough (FL), Jeff Leader (KS), Larry Reinsch (IA), Gwen Samuel (CT) , PJ Steiner (UT)

 

Commentator: Dr. Doug Schoen, Pollster, political strategist and advisor, author

President’s Address

Jacqueline Salit, President of Independent Voting

Conversations at the Crossroads #1

Moderators: Harry Kresky, General Counsel at Independent Voting

Jacqueline Salit, President, Independent Voting

Participants: Tiani Coleman, Founder, New Hampshire Independent Voters

Michael Hardy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel to the National Action Network

Daniel Ortega, Jr., Board Member, Cesar Chavez Foundation

Rick Robol, Chair of Independent Ohio

Audience Discussion

——————————— LUNCH———————————

2:00 – 2:45  PM
(compliments of NYC Independence Clubs)

Power, Poverty and Democracy

Lenora B. Fulani, 1988/1992 Independent presidential candidate and co-founder, Independent Voting

Independents at the Social Media Crossroads

Jarell Corley, Member, Independent Voting

Kerry Malloy, Assistant to the Vice President, Independent Voting

Gwen Mandell, Director of National Outreach, Independent Voting

Conversations at the Crossroads #2

Moderator: Jacqueline Salit

Participants:  Chad Peace, President of IVC Media LLC

Charlotte Scot, Independents United for Progress

Malcolm Burn, Political activist, award winning music producer

John Opdycke, President, Open Primaries

Unsung Heroes: The Story of South Dakota’s Amendment V

Moderator: John Opdycke

Participants:  Nancy Hallenbeck, President of the League of Women Voters of Sioux Falls, SD

Adam Morfeld, State Senator (D-Lincoln), Executive Director and Founder of Nebraskans for Civic Reform

Jason Olson, Director of National Outreach, Open Primaries

Justin Otoski, US Army Veteran, Voter Outreach Coordinator, Yes on V Campaign

Chuck Parkinson, Former Reagan and Bush Appointee, Longtime Senior Staff

Tamara Pier, Former City Attorney of Rapid City, SD

Audience Discussion

Wrap-Up

——————————— 5:00 PM ———————————

Adjourn