About LIV

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Mission:  To educate, organize and develop independent, non-aligned voters in the service of innovative and depoliticized government.

Vision: The creation of a competitive electoral system for the purpose of bringing new solutions to the table and to resolve long-festering divisions between the American people.

Our Issues:  Our issues (LIV calls them "Beefs") are the sweet spot where Americans are already working across partisan divides: election reforms, protection of water and land resources, open government and fair taxation. LIV treads where most will not go such as seen in our "Costs of Growth" section and the work of Fernando Centeno on socio-economic development. Do you like policy development and action combined? You've come to the right placed at LIV. Join us!

Slogan: Civic participation not civil war!

Theme: LIV’s cowboy theme is a reminder that we need an open range where the ideological and party fences that divide us are taken down so the cowboys and cowgirls, from all heritages, can work together.

What is LIV: A non-partisan, non-profit 501c4 organization working to develop public policies, issue campaigns, legislative eforts and educational forums to unite Texans for the common good.

From LIV's articles of incorporation: LIV is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, 501c4 organization dedicated to promoting the social welfare of the citizens of Texas by researching, developing, advocating and educating citizens about, legislative, regulatory and program reforms that address issues which unite Texans across party lines. LIV seeks to present Texans with alternative policy choices, including but not limited to fiscal accountability; protection of land, water and air; and electoral, initiative and referendum, and ballot access reforms.

Nat Love, a typical cowboy...and freed slave, 1907
Nat Love, a typical cowboy...and freed slave, 1907

The Culture of LIV: The accumulation of power in one place, in our view, is the problem in politics today. Therefore, LIV strives to build a new kind of organization designed to disperse, rather than to amass, power. We quickly eject (as nicely as we can) those who seek to abuse the organization for petty squabbles, self-enrichment and partisan axe grinding.

Motto: Do the work and this will set you free!

Principles:

  • To strive to give accurate, reliable information whether it “fits to print” for independents or not.
  • To expose those working against the interests of a more open debate on policies affecting ordinary Texans.
  • To level playing the field in the elections process.
  • To increase electoral competition by opening up our system to more than two parties.
  • To admit when we are wrong, whether someone catches us or not!
  • To unite Texans – across divisions – economic, geographic, lifestyle and race, color and creed.