Last Wednesday, supporters and advocates of Open Democracy gathered at the beautiful, politically-historic home of Arnie Arnesen to celebrate a year in review. For some, this was the first time meeting outside the virtual zoom box, and warm feelings of friendship filled the air.
The program began with Olivia Zink, Executive Director, sharing the challenge in the words of Benjamin Franklin, "a Republic, if you can keep it." The evening transitioned into stories about the negative effects of wealthy special interest lobbying on our everyday lives, from the gun lobby to big pharma, after which tears of frustration turned to laughter with the songs of the "Corruption Chorus."
Attendees listening to the closing speaker, Arnie Arnesen.
Pictured: Senator Perkins Kwoka, Democracy Champion award recipient. Senator Martha Fuller Clark received the Granny D award for her career-long dedication to protecting our democracy, and Dave Andrews received the Map Award for outstanding commitment to the Map-A-Thon project and fair redistricting.
The 2022 Annual Meeting was both humbling and inspiring, with attendees left feeling like we have our work laid out for us next year to defend our democracy. Whether registering voters, or educating about pro-democracy bills in the legislature, that work will only be successful with this wonderful community, done together.