2018 Conference

Conference: Achieving a Fair Political System

Our conference was free and open to the public on Saturday, April 28 at the Santa Fe Community College. 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe.

Conference Sponsors


New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics



The Max & Anna Levinson Foundation



Santa Fe Community College


New Mexico Highlands University


Building a grassroots coalition to revive our democracy

Conference Mission

To convene a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals to focus on how New Mexicans can work together more collaboratively to remove the corrupting influence of money in politics, level the playing field and make our government fairly represent and serve all the people of our state.

Welcome by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber
Keynote Speaker Doug Nickle, Development Director, Bridge Alliance

Speakers and Panelists

Miguel Angel Acosta, Lead Organizer, New Energy Economy; Co-Director, Earth Care
Rebecca Alvarez, Ph.D., New Mexico Highlands University
Colin Baillio, Director of Policy, Health Action New Mexico
Graham Bartlett, President of the Albuquerque Tea Party
Bruce Berlin, JD, President, New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NM MOP)
Sheila Burns, New Mexico Wolf-PAC Organizer
Camilla Feibelman, Director, Rio Grande Chapter, Sierra Club
Paul Gibson, Director, Retake Our Democracy
Eric Griego, State Dir., NM Working Families Party; Fellow, UNM Center for Health Policy
Viki Harrison, Exec. Dir., Common Cause NM
Donna House, Navajo Consultant for Indigenous Peoples’ Ecological and Environmental Policy
John House, JD, Chair, 28th Amendment Committee, New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics
Michele Korri, New Mexico Indivisible Congress Leadership Team
Rev. Gail Marriner, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
Doug Nickle, Dev. Dir., Bridge Alliance
Maria Perez, Fair Vote New Mexico
Bob Perls, Founder and President of the Board of Directors, NM Open Primaries
Kendra Pinto, Navajo community activist with Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment
Bianca Sopoci-Belknap, Director, Earth Care; Assoc. Dir., New Energy Economy
Leland ‘Tom’ Taylor, Albuquerque Tea Party Board member
Miranda Viscoli, Co-President, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence
James Webster, MD, former Exec. Dir., Chicago Institute of Medicine

Conference Agenda

Saturday Morning

8:00 am Registration

8:30 am Welcome/Opening Remarks

8:45 am Keynote Speaker

9:15 am Q & A

9:30 am Panel Discussion – Big Money’s Impact on New Mexico

Issue 1: How does Big Money impact your organization’s ability to reach its goals?
Issue 2: How can we all work collaboratively to overcome the undue influence of Big Money on our organizations’ programs and New Mexico’s political system?”

10:20 am Q & A

10:35 am Break

10:50 am Breakout Sessions

Issue: How can we work collaboratively with other groups to overcome the undue influence of Big Money on our organizations’ programs and New Mexico’s political system?”

12:00 pm Lunch (Lunch is available for purchase through the cafeteria)

Saturday Afternoon

1:15 pm Panel Discussion – Achieving a Fair Political System to Secure Our Democracy

Issue 1: What are we doing to achieve a fair political system?
Issue 2: How can we do it better together?

2:05 pm Q & A

2:25 Break

2:45 pm Breakout Sessions

Issue: How can we work together to secure our democracy?

4:00 Plenary: Where Do We Go From Here

5:00 pm Closing Remarks

See our detailed agenda and bios.