about this campaign

The Pine Cone Finance Reform Party is a forest­-floor organization inspired by historical desires and disappointments to conduct local action research with a global vision. We are manifesting a candidate who speaks with us, as we imagine a campaign and a world we can build together.

The Pinecone Finance Reform Party launched The Candidate’s 2016 presidential campaign with a host of workshops and actions for the people. Workshops addressed various aspects of platform building including Hands­-on Democracy Construction with Gina Siepel, an Electioneering Ephemera Atelier with Sara Smith, Manifesto Writing with Andrea Lawlor, and Public Speaking with Kenya Briggs. Participatory actions included Listening Lunches with EE Miller, a public performance of “I Want A President …,” and concluded with an UNconventional victory DANCE Party!

The Pinecone Finance Reform Party is currently represented by the the following staff:
Gina Siepel, Chief Operational Engineer
Sara Smith, Archivist of Revolution Messaging
Bernadine Mellis, Data Visualization Technician
EE Miller, Action Research and Outreach Director
Andrea Lawlor, Facilitator of Manifesto Creation
Kenya Briggs, Press Consultant

WHEN: Tuesday July 26­-Friday July 29

WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

WHY:­­ Many people feel that the mechanisms of electoral politics are far removed from their own hopes and dreams for themselves and their communities. The Candidate is Absent functions as a base for collecting personal stories and political ideas large and small to create a picture of political possibility outside of the current election system.