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Women's March Vermont

Women’s March Vermont Announces Activism Festival

Let Equality Bloom 2018: Power to the Polls

Burlington, Vermont - August 20, 2018 - On Sunday, September 23, 2018, Women’s March Vermont will present a day-long empowerment and voter education festival: Let Equality Bloom 2018: Power to the Polls. Featuring guest speakers, live music, performance art, interactive workshops, group art projects, food trucks, and, of course, voter registration. The festival will introduce new and future voters to the diverse and exciting social justice movements brewing here in Vermont and across the country. It will be held at venues across the Old North End of Burlington from noon to 8 p.m. Performances, speakers, headquarters, and finale celebration will be based at O.N.E. Community Center.


The list of all-star speakers includes the newly minted Democratic nominee for Vermont Governor, Christine Hallquist, and Vermont State Representative Kiah Morris of Bennington. Ms. Hallquist joins a growing list of strong women who have defied expectations and shattered glass ceilings in an unprecedented blue wave of intersectional candidates running for elected office this year. Representative Morris is a wife, mother, community leader, poet, advocate, adviser, and inspire-er extraordinaire. The only African American woman currently serving in the Vermont State Legislature, Representative Morris is known for speaking hard truths and amplifying diverse voices.


In addition to inspirational speeches, the festival will include a slate of interactive workshops. New York Times best-selling Young Adult author Maureen Johnson will team up with Young Writers Project’s visionary Artistic Director Rajnii Alexander Gibson Eddins to co-host an empowerment workshop based on How I Resist, a recently published collection of essays about activism and hope that Johnson edited. Julie Polk is a writer, performer, teacher, and producer, who has led storytelling workshops for Legal Services NY, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and the Florida Public Defender Association, among others.  She will host a storytelling workshop aimed at helping people of all ages find their voice. Reggie Condra, charismatic host of the “Brown ‘n Out” podcast, will be broadcasting live from the festival along with a special guest!


Also joining us will be the ACLU of Vermont’s Campaign for Smart Justice, Lean Left Vermont, The Root Social Justice Center, the Rutland Area NAACP, Justice for All, Planned Parenthood of Vermont Action Fund, Emerge Vermont, Safe Harbor for Trans Teens, Chellis House, Young Progressives of Vermont, Peace & Justice Center, Women’s March Maine, Friends for Change Youth Group of Bellows Falls,  Sasha Morrissette, Alana Bethany-Lynn Cota, Ellen Kucera (Let Your Yoga Dance), Hannah Caterino, Evangelina Virginie, Emoji Nightmare, Nikki Champagne and more!


Event Details

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 from noon - 8 p.m.

Location: Venues Across the Old North End culminating at O.N.E. Community Center

Attendance: Free and Open to All | Kid-Oriented Programming Scheduled

Press & Sponsorship Contacts: Kristen Vrancken & Grace Meyer

Contact Email: vermont@womensmarch.com

Contact Phone: 802.233.9731

Website: letequalitybloomfestival.com

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/642128722818829/

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Thank you to our generous sponsors: Main Street Landing, Planned Parenthood of Vermont Action Fund, and Mamava


The Let Equality Bloom artwork and name are based on the work of L.A.-based artist Brooke Fischer, with her permission.  


About Women’s March Vermont

The mission of Women’s March Vermont is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March Vermont is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.