Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance, will speak from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
Meckler’s presentation is the first in a series of planned programs titled “Solutions” offered by We the People — Davis, a Davis-based women’s group concerned with governing and current political issues at all levels of government. His topic is “Left-Right Common Ground.” The event is free and open to the public.
Meckler’s organization is nonpartisan. Its goal is to engage the citizen, disperse political power, break the left-vs.-right paradigm and end the cycle of incumbency. Its mission is to return American governmental power to the people and to reduce the influence large public and private institutions have on government.
Based in Northern California, he is a co-founder and former national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. He left the organization in February 2009 and founded Citizens for Self-Governance to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide.
Recently, he met in Berkeley with MoveOn.org co-founder Joan Blades to engage in “transpartisanship” over the topic of crony capitalism. They and the two like-minded friends each brought to the discussion concluded their three-hour exchange with agreement that they’d all support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, which curbed the power of major Wall Street players that control the nation’s politics and finances.
After graduating from McGeorge School of Law, he practiced real estate and business law. He’s owned a variety of businesses from manufacturing to food service, and has served legal clients across many industries.
Prior to helping launch the tea party movement, Meckler was not politically active. He’s registered as an “independent” voter.