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The Story of DemocracyFest

In Febuary of 2004, I noticed that people on the DFA blog were talking about "Deanfest, " a festival that would never happen. I thought, Why not? In short, the answer is because planning such an event is not an easy task, but being a Deaniac and thinking anything was possible, I set off to make it happen.

Never having planned an event like this before, I requested help on the DFA blog, and My Vote is My Voice was formed by Al, Charlene, and myself to plan the event. Many sleepless nights later, DemocracyFest was born in Pittsfield, MA. Five Hundred Deaniacs gathered for the 2 day festival to celebrate the Dean campaign and plan for the future. Attendees enjoyed a steady stream of speakers and music, and 160+ of us received campaign training.

The positive response from attendees was so overwhelming that MViMV thought it should be an annual event. We realized that things would go much smoother if there was a local co-sponsoring organization involved, so we called for proposals. We accepted proposals from CA, TX, and VA. After public IRV voting for the location of DemocracyFest 2005, Austin, TX, was announced as the location for this year's event. The local organizer is Democracy For Texas.

We hope to see you there on June 17th-19th! www.myvoteismyvoice.com/html/deanfest_2005.html

Can't make it to DemocracyFest 2005? How about DemocracyFest 2006? Want DemocracyFestt 2006 to be held in your backyard? More details on how to submit a proposal to co-sponsor the third annual DemocracyFest with My Vote is My Voice will be posted next month!

Posted by Jessica Falker on May 16, 2005 at 06:27 PM | Permalink


MViMV has a new logo!

Thank you to all the artists who submitted logos and to those of you that voted for the winning logo!

Congratulations to the winner of our logo contest, David Mariner. He wins 2 tickets to DemocracyFest 2005 in Austin, TX on June 17th-19th. For more information on DemocracyFest 2005, please visit


Our new logo has been added to merchandise that you can purchase to help support My Vote is My Voice. Get your own organic MViMV t-shirt to wear proudly or buy a pack of postcards, printed on recycled paper, and spread the word via snail mail to friends and family.


If you would like a free sticker with the new logo, just send an email with your shipping address to [email protected]

Thank you for your support,
Al, Charlene, Jessica, and Ralph

Posted by: Jessica | May 23, 2005 4:03:24 PM

Join us for a TEA Party at DemocracyFest.

When: Friday, June 17th
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Where: Dandelion Café (walking distance from Huston-Tillotson College)
What: TEA stands for Texas Equal Access Fund. It is a charitable organization that provides funds to women who otherwise could not afford an abortion.

RSVP: Amy Manuel ([email protected])

$25+ Alan Guttmacher level
pioneer of reproductive rights movement in the 1920s
president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America 1962-1974
founder of Alan Guttmacher Institute for reproductive rights research and policy

$50+ Sarah Weddington level
attorney who represented Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade
author of A Question of Choice
named a “Texas Woman of the Century” by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce

$100+ Bill Baird level
early leader of pro-choice movement
opened first abortion clinic in America in 1965
plaintiff in Baird v. Eisenstadt, the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that
liberalized birth control laws in the United States

$250+ Faye Wattleton level
President of Planned Parenthood 1978-1992
the youngest person, first woman, and first person of color to head Planned
Parenthood, she has been at the forefront of the battle to preserve women's reproductive rights

$500+ Margaret Sanger level
pioneering birth control activist
opened the first birth control clinic in America in 1916
founder of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the International
Planned Parenthood Federation

Send your tax deductible checks to:
624 West University #245, Denton TX 76201

Make checks payable to: Texas Equal Access Fund

Please indicate that the check is for the DemocracyFest Tea Party.

Posted by: Even Cowgirls Get To Choose | Jun 8, 2005 4:18:15 PM

I wish I could attend that, but I'll be in a special interest caucus at that time.

Good luck with your project. It's a much needed service.

Posted by: Jessica | Jun 9, 2005 10:03:22 AM

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