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.
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
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|
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)
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
2:45 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.