Hello, from TeamLOVE!
Firstly, I would like to start by saying that I believe that we all matter. I believe that united, across party lines, we can work to help prevent that which is detrimental, encourage that which is inspirational and unite in the name of that which is good. Next, I would like to make clear the aims of the Millennial Festival. We aim to unite the people, and stand for what is right. On January the 20th 2017, at 1:30 pm on the West Steps of the Capitol Building. We will show up to a rally / festival put together by TeamLOVE to build a sense of community centered around love and acceptance. At 5:30 we will march for two hours around the city of Denver. We want to give a voice to those who feel silenced, we want to give hope to those who feel defeated, and we want to give inspiration to those who feel lost. Next I would like to emphasis that while we are organizing a "millennial festival", we are an inclusive group. The name of our event is meant to be a rallying cry for people of our generation, to make sure that the powers that be understand that we are here, we are young, we have the energy, we have the purpose, and we are not going anywhere. Therefore, people from all walks of life are both welcome and encouraged to join us. We aim to march in solidarity and love against that which can be deemed unacceptable. We aim to raise funds for groups who can help us in our cause.
So, TeamLOVE is creating the Make A Change Millennial Festival. This event serves multiple purposes. First of all, we want an opportunity for the youth of Colorado and beyond to get involved in politics and understand what they can do to make their voices heard. Second, we want to provide information. There will be many NGO booths set up at our event where you can sign petitions, learn how to get involved, and donate money. Third, we want to provide motivation. There will be politicians, activists, and musical performances to motivate you to spread and share love everywhere you go. Lastly, we want this day to be fun. For many people across the world, this Inauguration Day will be sad, scary, and confusing. We want everyone to come together on this day and remind each other that there is still SO much love in this world and we can still have a great time. This is a pro love, pro tolerance event that is intended to support progressive laws and show groups that are fearful of the electoral consequences that we stand with them, united as one. We march for equality and inclusion. We stand for people of color and people with disabilities. We speak for all genders and sexual orientations. We act for religious people and survivors of violence. We unite for our Mother Earth. We care for all those who want and need to be cared for. TeamLOVE wants to raise funds to push legislation that does not exclude certain groups of society but rather supports keeping our America safe, democratic and inclusive. This means we will work as hard as is necessary to prevent measures that could take away basic human rights as well as encourage a diversification of viewpoints in order to better our cause and understanding of societal issues.
The question now becomes, how? Here's some logistics:
The legislative, executive and judicial branches work together, (or not) to pass bills and laws in this country. We can influence this process by uniting and making our voices heard, and by raising money. Hence, why we will be inviting NGOs to our event. What does that mean? An NGO is a nongovernmental organization; they are a key part of any nations civil society. In this country certain NGO’s have lobbyists (someone who uses the powers of money, persuasion and politics to influence law makers to work for the cause of their choice) who can influence legislation. So, we will be inviting businesses to be vendors at our event and sell their products, and a portion of their profits will go to an NGO of their choice. I would like to emphasize, TeamLOVE will not be collecting any money. TeamLOVE is simply in charge of organization. We are inviting nonprofits such as the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, The American civil liberties union, The NAACP, The Rocky Mountain immigration network, One Colorado, the Leonardo Dicaprio foundation, the Happy Hippie Foundation, and many more. These organizations are designed to help the causes we believe in, and one of the most important things we can do now is help them to raise the funds they need to stop dangerous and anti-progressive legislation.
What can you do?
1. Reach out to one of the Directors of TeamLOVE if you would like to get involved. (We have teams – LGBT Outreach, Political Outreach, Feminist Outreach, Ethnic Outreach, Environmental Team, Celebrity and Activist Outreach, Corporate Sponsorship and Finances, Scheduling and Event Planning, and Design and Art.)
2. Show up to the Millennial Festival and donate, learn, sign petitions and have fun.
3. Share the event on your Facebook page!
4. SPREAD LOVE.
Finally, I would like to emphasis that the Millennial Festival is about love. We are not here to spread hate; we are not here to start a riot or fight. We are here demonstrating the power of love, the power of unity and the power of the people. We know, here at teamLOVE that hope is fostered here, in the hands of friends and the hearts of beautiful community members. We are very excited about this event, but we NEED YOUR HELP. In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that we stand with you, and for those of you who feel afraid, we will stand in front of you.
With so much love,
Erma Swartz, Collin Kallery, Lizzy Allen, and Jordan Sterner.
Directors and Co-founders of TeamLOVE