ALPF 2015 Kansas City Town Hall–Nearly 50 concerned Americans attended the 2015 town hall meeting at Happy Days Dream Cars in Warrensburg, Mo.,where the American Leadership and Policy Foundation hosted their first public event since inception last August.
The ALPF, a 501c3 nonprofit research organization, conducted the gathering as a way to receive input and support from citizens in order to find solutions for the nation’s challenges and know what issues concern the American people.
“One thing that stuck out to me was the fact attendees, who were from various political affiliations, emphasized their desire for our political leaders to learn to work together to solve America’s problems rather than constantly focus on partisanship,” said David Stuckenberg, ALPF founder and chairman. “The ALPF is very intentionally non-partisan, and I believe this really resonates with Americans because we’ve all had enough of divisiveness stalling needed change.”
The audience viewed a feature made for ALPF by Academy Award-winning director Gray Fredrickson and was given an opportunity to make statements and ask questions of a panel consisting of ALPF directors and senior fellows.
“There were some tough, well-thought out questions, but that’s what we expected and wanted,” said David Liapis, ALPF Director of Communications and panel member. “It was evident the audience wants our leaders to consider a number of specific issues such as term limits, entitlement reform and the preservation of our democracy as it was designed by our founding fathers.”
One question was about the ALPF’s philosophy on leadership development and policy reform and how it believes it can succeed.“It’s going to take deliberate leadership development and providing honest research to inform decision makers and the people they represent,” said Stephen Dupuis, ALPF co-founder and vice chairman. “We believe the answers can be heard by listening to the voices of the American people, and the ALPF exists to let those voices be heard.”
Stuckenberg provided detail on what it means for the ALPF to be “citizen-led.” “Only citizens can support our endeavors. Our bi-laws prohibit corporate, partisan, government, or special interest funding. Even private donations are capped. We are a research trust for the people and we believe this enterprise belongs in their hands.”
Two Missouri state representatives, including district representative Dean Dohrman, who is also a Senior Fellow at ALPF, attended the meeting. All ALPF staff are volunteers, and many traveled from across the U.S. to take part.
“Because we are all volunteers, our focus stays where it belongs, on developing leaders and providing research,” said Stuckenberg. “In a matter of only months, we have garnered over an estimated $5,025,000 in human capital and cash support. Our staff is all volunteer because we believe in America. We do this as a service to our nation.”
The ALPF has experienced several successes in research including a study on drone use in the National Airspace System that was recently published in the Harvard National Security Journal. Additionally, an ALPF research team released an interim report on Electromagnetic pulse and the Threat to Nuclear Power that has garnered significant interest from various nuclear watchdog organizations as well as Harvard University and the national press.
According to alpf.org, the ALPF is America’s only citizen-directed research and policy foundation and it seeks to serve America by providing research “by the people for the people.”
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