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pstans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-25-06 07:29 PM
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Democracy Fest?
http://www.sdfd.org/democracyfest

Anyone ever attended this before or plan on attending this year? What was it like? It seems interesting.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-25-06 09:32 PM
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1. It was in Texas last year....heard it was great.
Jim Hightower, David Van Os,Jim Dean, Howard Dean, of course...Richard Morrison, Molly Ivins, and a host of others were there.

I have the DVD from the 2004 Dem fest in MA. It looked wonderful. On the DVD Howard talks just plain straight talk for about 45 minutes...Trippi has a segment, and there are tributes on there as well.

I think this one will be as big or bigger than the one in Texas. Wish we could go.
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Cos Donating Member (179 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-16-06 03:41 AM
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2. Yes! I went last year, will go again this year.
I went to DemFest 2005 last year in Austin - that's where I met Velma and first heard about DU, in fact :)

I missed the original (which was then called "DeanFest") in 2004 due to a last minute change of venue. The new site was only about 30 minutes away from where they'd planned to, but I was planning to shuttle back and forth between Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and DeanFest, and the difference between a 5 minute drive and a 35 minute drive made it impractical.

Anyway, DemocracyFest 2005 was superb. One full day or great campaign training sessions - on strategy, voter targeting, fundraising, media, etc.. One full day of great speakers - Jim Hightower, Howard Dean, Molly Ivins, Dave van Os, Chris Bell, that woman with the anti-DeLay blog, ... And Friday was all DFA networking and breakout groups about things like running meetings, organizing local DFA groups, legal issues, and so on. I had a great time, learned a lot, met lots of people, and am thoroughly glad I went.

I do plan to go again this year. It'll be a different group putting it on but I expect them to do a great job.

DFA, being a real grassroots organization, doesn't actually plan DemocracyFest from the national headquarters. Instead, what happened is that a group of volunteers set out on their own to create the event, calling themselves "My Vote is My Voice", and now each year they ask regional or statewide DFA groups to submit their DemocracyFest proposals, then have the general DFA community vote to pick one. DFA national cooperates and supports the conference, but it's planned and executed each year by a different local grassroots group, under the leadership and coordination of MViMV, who are independent of DFA. Last year, Democracy for Texas's proposal won. This year, it'll be the California coalition of DFA groups.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-27-06 11:00 AM
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3. I hope to go this year
I was part of the group that put it on last year so while I did get to spend some time at some of the events for the most part the whole weekend was a blur.

One little thing I did learn that I'll pass on---if you need to rent a generator on a Sunday morning, Home Depot is your friend!
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-04-06 01:23 AM
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4. I can tell you that we're trying to outdo Tejas
because that's how it always is.

It will be great and San Diego is fabulous that time of year.

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