Hear from the people, organizations, and movements that are working to reform American democracy into a more perfect union.
The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers (NANR) is a member-led Association dedicated to structural election reforms in the public interest. We provide support to our member organizations through shared resources, best practices, and regular convenings.
What unites us is being pro-voter, not anti-party. We favor a robust competition of numerous political parties and independents, and a level playing field on which that can occur.
Chad Peace is a nationally recognized leader in election law, voter rights, and a legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project. We discuss his background, the rise of independent voters, and how that is affecting the landscape of the democracy reform movement across the country.
We're joined by Rob Richie, CEO of FairVote, to discuss his organization, where he finds his passion for democracy reform, and how RCV faired in the Democratic primary for the New York City mayor's race.
On this episode of UnRig It, the official podcast of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, host Shawn Griffiths talks with the Association's new executive director, Andy Moore. Shawn and Andy discuss his background in the reform space, what motivated him to get involved in the Association, and the next steps he would like to see the Association and the pro-voter movement take as we move into the future. Andy explains how this is a moment of self-reflection as reformers assess the challenges that still lie in front of them while also building tremendous support among voters who are tired of the political status quo in the US.
And, not only is Andy the new executive director of NANR, but he will soon be the new host of UnRig It. Check out the podcast to learn more about him and where we, as a movement, go from here. Thanks for listening!
On this episode of UnRig It, IVN Network editor Shawn Griffiths is joined by filmmakers Hemal Trivedi and Jonah Markowitz to discuss their new documentary film Battleground. As described in the official synopsis, "Battleground is an intimate look at our current political divide, as seen through the eyes of two grassroots activists in the pivot counties of the Lehigh Valley, PA." The subjects of the documentary are Tom Carroll, a Trump delegate and Tea Party chairman, and Greg Edwards, a black pastor and a progressive leader endorsed by Bernie Sanders.
These two men come from polar opposite sides of the political spectrum but the directors observed that over the course of the three years they took to make the documentary, Carroll and Edwards had more in common than one might realize. Their primary struggle, they note, is not against each other, but against the political machines that control their parties. The synopsis further states that Battleground "is an antidote to the media echo chamber effect, which is marked by passion, but often devoid of understanding."
Public screenings of Battleground can now be booked along with a Q&A with the directors. See the documentary's website for more information. Also, if you like the podcast or find it informative, be sure to follow or subscribe wherever you listen to podcast and leave a review where you can. Thanks for listening!