Transpartisan Citizens’ Forum For Real Reform Held in D.C.

Fri, Feb 6 2009 by Anonymous

Paul JacobEmpowering citizen activism is at the core of what Citizens in Charge Foundation is trying to do. In this spirit, yesterday the foundation hosted “Government Reform at the Hands of the People: A Citizens’ Forum” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

The event brought together a diverse group of speakers from across the political spectrum to discuss how citizens can implement change. Serving as almost a 101 on citizen led reform the program was divided into two parts, first reviewing big picture ideas, and then getting into real life examples from average Americans taking charge of their lives.

The room was full with activists, think tank workers and regular citizens interested to listen and learn more from the unlikely union of speakers.

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Citizens in Charge Foundation’s President, Paul Jacob, led off the event discussing the state of the initiative and referendum process.  “I want to see the initiative and referendum process at every level,” said Jacob. “It is a check on representative government.”
Jacob introduced the other panel speakers which included Mike Gravel, former U.S. Senator and 2008 presidential candidate; Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform and Rob Richie, Executive Director of Fair Vote and a board member of Citizens in Charge Foundation.

DOWNLOAD: event program

The second panel focused on real life cases on citizen led reform. The speakers included Sean Parnell, President of Center for Competitive Politics, Edward Rosenthal, ACLU-Virginia discussing a case in Gloucester County, Virginia; Dick Heller the defendant in District of Columbia v. Heller and Tyler Harber who works with Save Our Secret Ballot.

Much of the discussion was followed on Twitter, #I&R