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New Years Day – Open(ing) Space 2:00 pm
New Years Day – Open(ing) Space
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Years Day - Open(ing) Space
The Salon is intended to provide a gathering space and incubator for a more empathic, democratic, and resilient community. You’re welcome to drop in New Year’s Day any time from 2 to 6pm to learn[...]
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First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show 4:00 pm
First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Jan 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Fridays - Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Drop in any time between 4 and 8pm to learn more about what’s happening at the Civic Salon, and check out the Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit – a pop-up show in a pop-up space. We’ll[...]
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Opening Dialog – World Cafe 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help[...]
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Opening Dialog – Open Space 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help build organizing capacity, we’ll[...]
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Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign 2:00 pm
Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reviving Dr. King's Call for a Poor People's Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
To start off the weekend honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the People’s History of Elkhart organization invites you to a community celebration, “Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign.” The[...]
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 9:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Worship Service and Discussion Sermon: MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church Sermon Response and Discussion 11:00 a.m., College Mennonite Church Each year Goshen College honors the life[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song 7:00 p.m., Umble Center Through dance and song, sharing stories and fellowship, this evening gathering demonstrates the community and movements these times require.  Since 2009,[...]
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast 7:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Community Breakfast MLK, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Elkhart County since the Great Recession. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall The breakfast is open to the campus and the wider community. Advanced tickets[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse 9:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Spoken-Word Coffeehouse Featuring: GC students in a program of poetry and other readings 9:00 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Convocation A New Unsettling Force: MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 10:00-11:15 a.m., Church-Chapel Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures 12:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Get Ready Now!  Nonviolent Direct Action Skills and Faith for the Long-Haul Struggle for Justice. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 12:00-1:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Humanizing the enemy and tending to the trauma.[...]
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Connecting the Dots 11:30 am
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
For this brown bag lunch, Phil Metzler of the Community Resilience Guild will give a presentation on “Connecting the Dots”. Mapping the ideas and resources we hold in common is one the primary activities of[...]
“Connecting the Dots” work session 3:00 pm
“Connecting the Dots” work session
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session
In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The[...]
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“Connecting the Dots” work session 10:00 am
“Connecting the Dots” work session @ The Salon
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session @ The Salon
In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The[...]
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Women’s March Potluck 6:00 pm
Women’s March Potluck @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm
Women's March Potluck @ The Salon
Many local women here in Elkhart made history this weekend, by participating in Women’s Marches accross the country, along with over 5 million people worldwide (Wow!). As a way to reflect, decompress, and discuss next[...]
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Jan
1
Sun
New Years Day – Open(ing) Space
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Salon is intended to provide a gathering space and incubator for a more empathic, democratic, and resilient community.

You’re welcome to drop in New Year’s Day any time from 2 to 6pm to learn more about the space and share your resolutions, reflections, or hopes for 2017. We’ll have a few interactive activities and you can learn more about other events in the works. More details to come.

As a pop-up space just for the month of January, we invite the community to use the Salon to initiate and convene activities that uphold principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice. The Community Resilience Guild will provide the space and help with facilitation and promotion as desired; you provide the ideas.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
6
Fri
First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Jan 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Fridays - Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show

Drop in any time between 4 and 8pm to learn more about what’s happening at the Civic Salon, and check out the Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit – a pop-up show in a pop-up space.

We’ll be happy to share more about the Salon and the World Cafe and Open Space events on Saturday and Sunday, as well as other initiatives emerging in the community.

The Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit consists of 24 posters by Douglas Gayeton designed to illuminate the most basic terms and principles that will define a more sustainable future.  The current exhibit focuses on local food systems, highlighting leaders and innovators from across the country and the ideas their work illustrates.

The Lexicon of Sustainability demonstrates the value of a common language for engaging many of the themes associated with the Civic Salon.

Jan
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Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question:

How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good?

To help build organizing capacity, we’ll model a social technology designed for connection, dialogue, and action.  World Cafe consists of facilitated, rotating small group dialogs to explore specific questions for sharing and reflection.  The goal will be to build understanding and cohesion around key issues, needs, and opportunities affecting our community following the election.  More information on the World Cafe methodology can be found here.

(The modified Open Space on Sunday will be much less structured by comparison and more focused on next steps towards action).  Combined, the intent for these two events is to inform and catalyze further activities in the Salon over the rest of the month.  In addition to connecting with potential collaborators, the Community Resilience Guild will provide access to the Salon and help with facilitation and promotion as needed.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, as long they maintain principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.  Space is limited to 40 people on Saturday, so please RSVP to info@civicsalon.com.  The events events are designed to complement each other, so attending both is encouraged, but not required.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to help out.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
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Sun
Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question:

How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good?

To help build organizing capacity, we’ll model this social technology designed for connection, dialogue, and action.  The modified Open Space on Sunday will be much less structured than Saturday’s World Cafe.  Attendees will be invited to consider what needs to happen leading up to the inauguration and lead with questions and ideas for feedback.  The goal will be to identify and support action that can be incubated and initiated through the pop-up space.  More information on the Open Space methodology can be found here.

Combined, the intent for the World Cafe and Open Space events is to inform and catalyze further activities in the Salon over the rest of the month.  In addition to connecting with potential collaborators, the Community Resilience Guild will provide access to the Salon and help with facilitation and promotion as needed.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, as long they maintain principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.  Space is limited to 60 people on Sunday, so please RSVP to info@civicsalon.com.  The events are designed to complement each other, so attending both is encouraged, but not required.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to help out.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
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Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To start off the weekend honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the People’s History of Elkhart organization invites you to a community celebration, “Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign.”

The free event will features food and dance, art and song — as well as its 5th annual community leadership awards — the “Drum Major for Justice” lifetime achievement award, and “Jericho Road Award” to a group working for transformative change.

On Saturday, January 14th at 2pm – come answer Dr. King’s call that America be “born again!”

https://www.facebook.com/events/300054527058172/

Jan
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am

Worship Service and Discussion

Sermon: MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church

Sermon Response and Discussion
11:00 a.m., College Mennonite Church

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Featured Weekend Speaker:

Sarah Thompson, M.Div.

Sarah Thompson, M.Div., is the executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, an organization that seeks to rectify injustice in non-violent ways. She is also a licensed pastor in the Indiana-Michigan Conference of Mennonite Church USA, and a member of an anti-Zionist synagogue, Tzedek Chicago. Public speaking, social movement building and civil society edification work have led her into 60 countries and countless communities.

Thompson grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and then studied at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she double majored in international studies and comparative women’s studies, and minored in Spanish. Graduating summa cum laude, she was Student Government president, the co-founder of the Atlanta University Center Peace Coalition and intern at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In the summer of 2004 she returned home to south-central Elkhart to support neighborhood organizing that led to the saving of the Roosevelt Elementary school building. Now called the Historic Roosevelt Center, the building serves the community through meeting needs in the area of housing, meeting space, cultural celebration and organizing for social change. That summer of work also gave rise to the current Mennonite Voluntary Service unit, Jubilee House, hosted by Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Thompson’s home congregation.

Thompson was a member of Mennonite World Conference’s youth engagement efforts, attending the Global Youth Summit in Zimbabwe in 2003, and together with a global team of young adults, planned the subsequent summit in 2009. It brought together over 800 participants from 55 different countries to worship, network and think critically about the issues facing our global communion.  These experiences led Thompson to pursue her interest in the liberation theologies of various cultures and resistance movements. She attended Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 2008-11 and then worked at Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, from 2011-12.

In addition to what has been named, she’s interested in composting toilets, acupuncture, revolutionary mothering, and the intersections between racial and ecological justice.

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center

Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song

7:00 p.m., Umble Center

Through dance and song, sharing stories and fellowship, this evening gathering demonstrates the community and movements these times require.  Since 2009, the People’s History of Elkhart organization has brought people together across generations in multi-racial, cross-class efforts– including joining the work of reviving Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign.  Facilitated by Jason Shenk, Coordinator- People’s History of Elkhart, and Connie Caiceros, Executive Director of the Center for Community Justice, panelists will share stories that explore King’s call for a “revolution of values” and for America to be “born again.”  The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.

Panelists: 

Donald Brown: Criminal Justice and Immigration Working Group
Elias Garcia: Criminal Justice and Immigration Working Group
Dara Marquez: Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance
Will Stauffer: Poor People’s Campaign (Whitley County, Indiana)

Special Guests:

UZIMA! African Dance Troupe and Charles Coleman & Divine Favor

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall

Community Breakfast

MLK, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Elkhart County since the Great Recession.
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
7:30-8:30 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

The breakfast is open to the campus and the wider community.

Advanced tickets required
Before January 3: $18 per ticket or $144 per eight-person table.
After January 3: $22 per ticket or $176 per eight-person table.

Please make reservations via the Welcome Center or call: 574.535.7566.

Buy tickets online:

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Spoken-Word Coffeehouse

Featuring: GC students in a program of poetry and other readings
9:00 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Convocation @ College Mennonite Church

Convocation

A New Unsettling Force: MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign.
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
10:00-11:15 a.m., Church-Chapel

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church

Get Ready Now!  Nonviolent Direct Action Skills and Faith for the Long-Haul Struggle for Justice.
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
12:00-1:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Humanizing the enemy and tending to the trauma.
Featuring: Amela Puljek-Shenk
12:00-1:15 p.m., Koinonia Room

Open Space Process on Organizing Across Historic Divisions in Elkhart County.
Featuring: Connie Caiceros and Jason Shenk
1:30-2:45 p.m., Koinonia Room

Community leaders from the People’s History of Elkhart organization will share about organizing approaches that are “intersectional,” addressing what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called the triple evils of racism, poverty, and militarism — as well as what many call the “fourth horseman” of ecological devastation. The majority of time will then be an “open space” process for participants to explore how this weekend’s concepts can strengthen work that they’re already doing (or would like to do) in Elkhart County, especially with unlikely allies.

Restorative Practices for Tending the Movement
Featuring: Katerina Friesen
1:30-2:45 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

In this workshop, participants will learn information about restorative personal and communal practices of self-care such as breath meditation, prayer with our bodies and mindful eating.

Katarina Friesen is a writer and pastor living in the St. Joseph River watershed in Elkhart, Indiana.  She is passionate about building resilient communities for the many-generations-long work of healing.

Town Hall: #ItIsTime
Featuring: Goshen College Faculty and Students
3:00-4:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

For more information, contact DaVonne Kramer at dkramer@goshen.eduor 574.535.7030.

Jan
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Wed
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
For this brown bag lunch, Phil Metzler of the Community Resilience Guild will give a presentation on “Connecting the Dots”. Mapping the ideas and resources we hold in common is one the primary activities of the CRG, as introduced in this blog post: http://civicsalon.com/connecting-the-dots

The actual presentation will begin at noon, with time to network and check out the Salon beforehand. It’ll be a primer for working meetings on immigration, health care, and environmental action continuing at The Salon over the next two weeks.

“Connecting the Dots” work session
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session

In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The first two sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, 1/18 from 2-5pm
  • Thursday, 1/19 from 9-11am

This blog post offers a primer on “connecting the dots“.  If you have questions, or you are interested in helping but unable to attend, contact Phil Metzler at 574 349 7336 or phil@resilienceguild.org

Jan
19
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“Connecting the Dots” work session @ The Salon
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session @ The Salon

In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The first two sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, 1/18 from 2-5pm
  • Thursday, 1/19 from 9-11am

This blog post offers a primer on “connecting the dots“.  If you have questions, or you are interested in helping but unable to attend, contact Phil Metzler at 574 349 7336 or phil@resilienceguild.org

Jan
27
Fri
Women’s March Potluck @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm
Women's March Potluck @ The Salon

Many local women here in Elkhart made history this weekend, by participating in Women’s Marches accross the country, along with over 5 million people worldwide (Wow!). As a way to reflect, decompress, and discuss next steps we can take together as a community, I will be hosting a Potluck at the Civic Salon this Friday at 6pm. Whether you were unable to attend a march and would like to hear reflections by those who attended, or you participated and would like to share a personal story/ moment/ memory that impacted you, any and all are welcome at this event! Some activities may include:

-open sharing time- reflections, poetry, comments
– post cards to fill out and send to representatives
-resource list of representatives to concact (phone numbers and addresses)
-looking at the Women’s March “10 Actions in 100 days” call to action
-dialogue concerning what we can do to better support all women in our community

Please post on the page if you have an idea or request for something we should include during the event.

Bring a dish/ snack/ drink to share, and a friend!

In order to get a ballpark idea of numbers, please RSVP to this event if you will be attending.

https://www.womensmarch.com/100/