Transpartisan Note #86
by A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner
At a meeting in New Orleans Feb 2 to 4, 2018, which we would call Transpartisan, a bunch of folks had a great time working for a better world. Here is what they say about themselves and their work…
“We Just Convened the Brightest Minds from the Right and Left to Fix American Politics. Conservatives. Progressives. Solutions.”
Top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists, journalists, and more all gathered at the Unrig the System Summit in New Orleans from Feb 2-4, 2018. We crossed partisan and ideological divides to work together on concrete solutions to unrig America’s political system . . . with plenty of New Orleans fun mixed in.
Learn what people are doing to unrig the system every day. The summit’s final plenary session, with U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) (embedded above), includes short speeches from grassroots anti-corruption leaders: Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner; End Citizens United’s Tiffany Muller; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Tom Saenz; and Issue One’s Nick Penniman.
You can also watch the Unrigged Live! variety show below (or on the Unrig website) hosted by Jennifer Lawrence, with speakers including: Represent.Us Director Josh Silver; Professor and former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter; Comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser, and Adam Yenser; NASA astronaut Ron Garan; and Former State Senator and Our Revolution President Nina Turner. With live music from HoneyHoney, and the legendary New Orleans-based Preservation All-Stars.
All over the country communities gather routinely to address the fissures in the current American political operating system. A sense of the significance, power and imagination animating these local, national and global initiatives comes from going to www.unrigsummit.com/summit-live-feed/ and reliving the Unrig the System Summit. Listen. Watch. Be inspired.