BLOOM_FB_ColorChange.png
 

Celebrate. activate. let equality bloom.


Sunday, september 23, 2018

NOON - 8 PM

VENUES ACROSS THE OLD NORTH END

BURLINGTON, VERMONT

Join Women's March Vermont and our social justice allies to learn, celebrate, and send our #powertothepolls. Featuring guest speakers, live music, performance art, ONE parade, poetry, food, interactive workshops, art making, and (of course) voter registration, the Let Equality Bloom festival will introduce active, new, and future voters to the diverse and exciting social justice movements brewing here in Vermont and across the country. 

 
 
 

HEADLINERS . . . More added every day!


KEYNOTE

CHRISTINE HALLQUIST

Newly minted Democratic nominee for Vermont Governor, Christine 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.

KEYNOTE

REPRESENTATIVE KIAH MORRIS

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, Rep Morris is known for speaking hard truths and amplifying diverse voices.

MaryAnnSonghurst

SPEAKER

MARYANN SONGHURST

MaryAnn, a junior at Montpelier High School, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti and adopted into a family that now lives in Vermont. As a Black African American female activist, MaryAnn wants to make it her life’s focus to help provide a counter discourse on how specific groups of people are racialized, naturalized, perceived, understood, and treated in society.

MAUREEN_JOHNSON

WORKSHOP

MAUREEN JOHNSON + YOUNG WRITERS PROJECT

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 headshot_small.jpg

WORKSHOP

JULIE POLK

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_jarvis_green_brown__n_out_podcast_queer_vermonters_of_color-reggie_condra-20180212.jpg

LIVE BROADCAST

BROWN 'N OUT PODCAST

Reggie Condra, charismatic host of the “Brown ‘n Out” podcast, will be broadcasting live from the festival along with a special guest!

Workshop_Dating

WORKSHOP

SWIPE RIGHT, SWIPE LEFT: DATING IN A DIVIDED AMERICA

How can two people come together when it feels like the world's being torn apart? K. Hannah Caterino, M.A, M.Ed., will lead a workshop on dating as an activist in these divided times.

PERFORMANCE

FATHER FIGUER

Father Figuer is a slow core band of 8 x chromosomes hailing from Burlington, VT. They are happy humans celebrating the ubiquity of sadness.

Sasha Morrissette.jpg

PERFORMANCE

SASHA MORRISSETTE + INDI

Indi, age 9, is a little comedian, she loves to make people laugh and smile. She wishes to be a "Gardener for the World" when she grows up! Indi’s mom, Sasha, plays 90's rock covers and today's pop/folk/alternative songs. Indi’s comedy and Sasha’s music will join forces for a performance that is not to be missed!

PERFORMANCE

SABRINA COMELLAS

Sabrina Comellas is a singer songwriter new to the Burlington, Vermont area. Her music is best described as Americana pop with influences such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch and many more.

LCostello_cello.jpg

Performance

LAUREN COSTELLO

Lauren is a Burlington based multi-instrumental musician. She performs her solo music under the moniker 'ouzkxqlzn' and plays cello in the Wren Kitz band, the Dead Shakers, and Zentauri. For the festival, she will perform a piece titled 'This is On Us,' which collages a collection of media clips surrounding the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children and their parents at the US border, over a soundtrack of guitar and cello. A political piece, it delves into the methods, actions, and consequences of the policy of separating children along with the broader issue of targeting asylum seekers.

PERFORMANCE

LULWAMA MULALU

Lulu is a queer performer of colour, storyteller, playwright, and aspiring dog mom. Her multidisciplinary work actively aims to explore the diverse ways in which human beings culturally give birth to, socially silence, and preserve the authenticity of the stories being told, as well as, the preservation of who we are as unique individuals. Her words and poems can be found in her recently established blog titled “Lessons To My Daughter”. In this space she aims to spread light, document important life lessons learned, unlearn negativity, practice kindness, and muse over the absurdity of adulthood.

Madi & Kenzie.PNG

SPEAKERS

MADI + KENZIE

Mackenzie Murdoch and Madison Knoop are angry enough to put politics before living normal teenage lives.

PERFORMER

ALANA CADENCE

Alana is a 28 year old polymath. She is a composer and a singer with almost two decades of composition experience and performing. She auditioned and sang for the Winooski Valley Music Festival. She is an LGBTQ activist, a recipient of the Outright Vermont Youth standout award, a 2008 Samara scholarship winner, and a member of the Vermont Pride Committee. Alana is also a polyglot who majors in Chinese at University Of Vermont.


LET EQUALITY BLOOM DRAG SHOW!

Join hosts Emoji Nightmare (Pride Vermont Festival; The T with Emoji &Nikki) and Reggie Condra (Brown ‘n Out podcast) for a show with performances by Nikki Champagne, Shani, Pickle, Big Juicy, and more! Bring cash for tips with donations going to the Clarina Howard Nichols Center! LEARN MORE