If you aren’t happy with the state of the States, but have no interest in another stodgy, yawny, vanilla political event. Fear not, my socially-aware IE’ers, for DemocracyFest 2006 kicks off with a Thursday night pool party. Then it’s three days of training for grassroots activists, plus two Saturday night events packed with star-studded appearances by prominent political leaders and award-winning musical talent. It’s like Politicalpalooza.
There isn’t enough space for me to name all the movers and shakers connected to this event, so think about it—if I’m not being choosy, how awesome are the people I’m leaving out?
The official Fest begins with a live broadcast of “The Al Franken Show” on Air America Radio from SDSU. Afterward, share organizing strategies at the Grassroots Leadership Summit and learn how “Progressives Can Fight Back and Win.” Then it’s “Friday Night Fun” with film, music, bowling and billiards.
Saturday is all about “rediscovering the roots of America’s core liberal values.” Truthout columnist Marjorie Cohn draws parallels between George W. Bush and King George III, who prompted the American Revolution by holding himself above the law. Or maybe you prefer debating global debt cancellation with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Wahu Kaara of Kenya. But save energy for Demstock, described as “our own version of Woodstock, only with no mud, much better food and bar service.” Later, the Saturday Night Beach Party Blowout combines political rally and concert experience as you whoop it up to Howard Dean, comedian Marc Maron and live bands.
Sunday starts with the Bloggers’ Breakfast, followed by presentations on “Forging the Future.” Latinos for America and Root Camp lead workshops on creation of think tanks, campaign strategies and voter training tools. Or pop into a session for people interested in running for public office.
If you can’t make it to the brainiac par-tay, tune in Sat. morning, 7-8 a.m., for the new radio show, “Uncommon Sense,” on AM 1360 KLSD, which features DemocracyFest guests, speakers and musicians. Cool liberals rejoice! (Anna Hirsh)
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, (858) 472-4168; WWW.SDFD.ORG/DEMOCRACYFEST. FRI.-SUN. ALL-EVENT TICKETS FOR THE WEEKEND COST $125, OR PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SEPARATE EVENTS, PARTIES AND LODGING. FOR MORE INFO, CALL OR SEE THE WEBSITE.