In July, Indivisible Mad River Valley (IMRV) hosted a potluck event called Nourishing Democracy in the pavilion at Lareau Farm. IMRV hoped for 30 locals, dreamed of 50, but 70 came with their tasty dishes and hearts open to conversation around shared values.

What we learned didn’t surprise us. Valley peeps are anxious about (1) climate change, (2) human rights, (3) social justice and (4) election fairness. They want to be heard and they want to know what they can do.

So … IMRV is hosting a second event. We like to think of it as Nourishing Democracy Part Deux. Instead of a potluck, we’re asking neighbors to bring an appetizer/finger food. This allows us to eat while we roam and chat with several groups who will be on hand who share your same values. Each group will have an ACTion suggestion. Each group has a direct connection to the four issues mentioned above.

Amazing appetizers, Concrete actions and Tantalizing (ACT) discussion. That spells ACT. Take this step toward Nourishing Democracy and you’ll feel well fed instead of fed up. Take a bite; you’ll be glad you did.

IMVR members have found that doing something, instead of screaming on Facebook, relieves anxiety and gives us hope. Seriously. It does. No kidding.

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IMRV is building community to support social change and is part of a national grassroots movement. Join us at the pavilion at Lareau Farm on September 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring an appetizer, bring a friend, wear your value-oriented T-shirt. There will be a cash bar.

Indivisible Mad River Valley folks planning the event are Dana Goss, Dotty Kyle, Eric Brattstrom, Jeb Bouchard, Pam Lerner, Steve Willis and Tisa Rennau.