WASHINGTON - September 14 - GREEN INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES PANEL ON THE CRISIS OF
Event: "A Call to Protect and Democratize U.S.
Elections: A Panel Presentation on the challenges
to American elections," September 16 at the
National Press Club.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Institute, the
Liberty Tree Foundation, and Fairvote will
sponsor a panel discussion on the future of U.S.
democracy and elections, on Friday, September 16
at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
"A Call to Protect and Democratize US Elections:
A Panel Presentation on the challenges to
American elections" will feature political and
activist leaders who are experts in a variety of
areas ranging from long-term barriers to access
to new problems with technology, and the
challengescaused by the structure of American
The panel will provide the media with concise
information on these problems and offer concrete
solutions for restoring the promise of American
democracy. The web page for the event is located
Confirmed participants include Rep. Jesse
Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), 1980 independent
presidential candidate John Anderson (who now
heads Fairvote), Melanie Campbell of the
Coalition for Black Civic Participation, and
other confirmed and invited speakers.
Also on the panel will be 2004 Green Party
presidential candidate David Cobb, who initiated
the Ohio and New Mexico recounts in the wake of
numerous reports of election manipulation and
vote obstruction by Republican officials.
A list of participants, sponsors, and other
details follows below. Refreshments will be
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr, initiator of the Right
to Vote Constitutional Amendment,*
John Anderson, 1980 Independent Presidential
Candidate and Chair of the Center for Voting &
Melanie Campbell, Executive Director of the
Coalition for Black Civic Participation http://www.bigvote.org
David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential
Candidate and initiator of the Ohio and New
Mexico recount efforts http://www.votecobb.org
Terry Ao, Senior Attorney, National
Asian-Pacific American Legal Consortium
Rebecca Mercuri: President and CEO of Notable
Software and an expert on electronic voting
Linda Schade, Co-Founder and Spokesperson of
TrueVoteMD: Campaign for Verifiable Voting in
Juan Cartagena, General Counsel, Community
Service Society, New York http://www.cssny.org
* Rep. Jackson's appearance may be delayed,
depending on Congress's voting schedule on the
day of the panel.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), longtime
advocate of election reform
WHEN: Friday, September 16, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow, Lisagor Room
The Green Institute
The Liberty Tree Foundation
Fairvote: The Center for Voting & Democracy