Please join us on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2 pm via Zoom for the Annual Granny D Birthday Celebration. The planning committee is working on bringing you an exciting program to honor Doris "Granny D" Haddock, legendary campaign finance reformer!
Our lineup of stellar speakers includes Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent. Over the past 50 years of his career, Hedrick has become one of America's most distinguished journalists. His broad-ranging PBS series, "Campaign Finance: Abuses and Reforms," highlighted the influence of large contributions on America's sugar policy; Maine's experience introducing a public financing system; and a thoughtful analysis of the failure of the campaign finance reform act of 1974.
We are also honored to have John Bonifaz, who is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization. Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns.
We'll also hear a few stories from personal friends of Doris and thanks to the hard work work of Ruth Meyer and Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington, we have a Proclamation declaring January 24, 2022 Granny D Day!
We are pleased to tell you that we will have special guest Sarah Mausner, who co-composed with Pete Singer, The Ballad of Granny D. Sarah will share the lyrics and sing the song for us!
Friends of Doris who have been invited to tell a short remembrance: Nancy Brown, Francie von Mertens, Pat Westwater-Jong and Ruth Meyer.
You don't want to this miss this event, RSVP today!
Zoom link will be sent with RSVP confirmation.