Celebrate. activate. let equality bloom.
Sunday, september 23, 2018
NOON - 8 PM
VENUES ACROSS THE OLD NORTH END
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.
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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 + 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 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
MADI + KENZIE
Mackenzie Murdoch and Madison Knoop are angry enough to put politics before living normal teenage lives.
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.