Reader’s Forum — Susan Massad and Phil Leech

Dr. Susan Massad

I am loving this book. I think of it all the time in the various meetings/conversations these days which often veer off into the dark side. It is so hopeful to hear these stories of ordinary people taking on the corruption of our political system and realize how much the news makers are complicit in keeping things the same.

Susan Massad is a retired primary care physician educator who is on the faculty of the East Side Institute where she leads workshops/conversations exploring what it means for people to grow and develop in the face of serious illness, aging or memory loss. Susan is a long time independent activist with Independent Voting.

Phil Leech

I first met Katie Fahey in January, 2017 at a meeting in Lansing, MI. I had been a long-time advocate for redistricting reform in Michigan. Katie mobilized a phenomenal grassroots movement, which the citizen voters in 2018 approved, to have an independent commission determine legislative and congressional districts beginning in 2022. Thus, the phrase “VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS.”

I also became aware of David’s book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy which portrayed how the process was controlled by the political party in control, using Michigan as background for the story.

I have been active with Independent Voting for a number of years and have participated in their book club, Politics for the People. When I learned they were going to highlight David’s book Ratf**ked, I contacted Katie and she participated in the call.

Thus a great relationship was formed and continues to this day.

I contacted David after the call and sent him the Voters Not Politicians T-shirt “Slay the Dragon.”

And I/we appreciate all you’re doing, and continue to do to level the playing field in our political process.

Phil Leech, from Spring Lake, Michigan, was a volunteer with Voters Not Politicians in 2017-18 and has been a long time member of Independent Voting. Phil’s philosophy is: “The glass is half full; not half empty; positivity defeats negativity; hope conquers fear; good conquers evil. To make the world a better place for all humankind.”

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Founder of the Politics for the People free educational series and book club for independent voters. Chair of the New York County Independence Party.

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