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Wayne Griffin, Chair
Independence Party
South Carolina


When I heard about Dr. Fulani getting on the ballot in all 50 states I said "I've got to meet these people."

Dr. Elouise Joseph
San Fransisco, CA


Alvaader Frazier
Harlem, NY


Stephanie Orosco
Greenville, NC


Independents' Day.  Ebony magazine's June issue carried an article Dr. Omar Ali on the diversification of the Black vote. "We need new alliances," writes Ali "that do not simply organize themselves around either Republican or Democratic ideology but instead focus on the electoral process. A January 2015 Gallup poll shows that 43 percent of Americans self-identify as poiltcally independnt, as do 26 percent of African Americans according to a Pew Research Poll three months later." Read more.

Michael Hardy, General Counsel and Founding member of the National Action Network,
spoke as a panelist at
the 2015 National Conference of Independence.
See Part I and II of video highlights below.


Two-time independent Presidential candidate
Dr. Lenora Fulani, spoke as a panelist at the
2015 National Conference of Independence.

See video highlights in "Let's Talk About Myths" and Parts I and II of "Let's Talk About Democracy
and Social Crisis" below.


Dr. Lenora Fulani spoke at the 2013 National Conference of Independents at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on February 16, 2013.  Fulani introduced former White House Director of Urban Affairs and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion and also appeared as a panelist in a discussion aired by CSPAN entitled Changing the System to Change the Culture.

Click here to see video excerpts. More than 400 New Yorkers gathered in Harlem at the First AME Bethel Church on June 4, 2009 at the Independence Party's Rally for True Independents.  Rally-goers heard from community activists, Rev. Calvin Rice of the New Jersulsalem Baptist Church and Dr. Lenora Fulani (above), who delivered the keynote. The rally kicked off the Independence Party's campaign to re-elect independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to continue to build the alliance between Black and independent voters.

  Dr. Fulani celebrated the 20th anniversary of her historic 1988 run for president when she became the first African American and first woman to get on the ballot in all 50 states.  Fulani shared Double Dutch chocolate cake wtih friends and supporters at Harlem Day.
  Black political independence in American history subject of new book. Dr. Omar Ali, author of In the Balance of Power, convincingly demonstrates African Americans have long been part of independent political movements and have used third parties to advance some of the most important changes in the U.S. Read advance praise for this new publication from Ohio University Press and listen to an interview with CUIP President Jackie Salit. Dr. Ali is a faculty member in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Lenora Fulani. In her latest opinion piece, "The Black Home," Dr. Fulani opens up a vital discussion about the role of the black community in the 2008 presidential primary.  The number of black voters casting ballots as independents rather than Democrats or Republicans was high enough in the primaries to show up in exit polling for the first time.  Read

  Take the Poll for Independents. Independent voters -- by a wide margin (58% to 37%) -- said in a recent CBS/AP poll that the U.S. should have stayed out of the war in Iraq.  We want to know what you think about this and other important issues of the day.  Take the poll
  NYC Activists Call for Clinton/Obama Debate at the Apollo Theater. At a press conference in front of the Apollo Theater and at NYC's annual African American Day parade, activists with The Committee for a Harlem Debate Between Clinton and Obama took their message to the streets of Harlem.

Clinton, Sharpton Cut off Debate; Obama, Black community must be Heard. The Amsterdam News has recently featured dueling op ed pieces about the lack of dialogue taking place in New York's black community about the political options it faces in the 2008 presidential election.


South Carolina's Leading Black Independent in the news. Greer City Councilman Wayne Griffin, a long time African American independent and Chair of the Independence Party of South Carolina, announced his intention to vote in the Democratic Party primary for Barack Obama and to mobilize independents across the state to do the same. 

Something of historical significance happened on Nov. 8th 2005 in New York City. 47% of African American voters cast their ballot for the Independent / Republican Michael Bloomberg. The black vote no longer belongs to the Democrats.
The Color of the Independent Movement. Though the media rendered an image of the angry white male to define the independent voter, beginning in 1992 - when Ross Perot first ran for the presidency - those inside the movement know the true story to be otherwise.
Keynote Address at Southern Regional Conference of Independents.

In 2004, Dr. Fulani hosted Ralph Nader in Harlem. Click here for text of her welcoming remarks or on the CSPAN icon to watch the video.


I have always been interested in what other voices had to contribute to the political process.

David Cherry
United Independents Illinois


I have always been independent minded.

Helen Blocker-Adams
Augusta, GA


Dr. Jessie Fields
Harlem Physician
New York, NY


Choice Edwards
Clermont, FL



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