Community Activists, Families and Candidates Gather at the Blue Wave Festto Celebrate A Rising Tide of Democracy

FREE-To-the-Public Event This Sunday, June 24, 2018

Chester, CT – June 21, 2018 – The Blue Wave Fest will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. this Sunday, June 24, at the Chester Fairgrounds in Chester, CT.  Citizens from the lower Connecticut River Valley and shoreline are gathering at the event in response to anti-democratic policies coming out of Washington. The Blue Wave Fest provides an afternoon of civic engagement to explore and challenge the current policies impacting our democracy. The event will emphasize the importance of all citizens exercising their right to vote. The full Festival program of speakers, exhibitors, musicians, and special guests can be found at the event's website:

The Blue Wave Fest features an impressive slate of speakers such as the endorsed gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, State Senator Beth Bye and popular political pundit Bill Curry. The presenter program includes people of all ages including lifelong activist and author Miriam Butterworth, the Rev. John Selders, co-founder of Moral Monday and the Poor People Campaign-CT, and musician and activist Tyler Suarez, whose aunt Dawn Hochsprung was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Other guest speakers include Po Murray, co-founder of Newtown Action Alliance, Will Kneerim of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), and candidates for the General Assembly seats in the region. The full speaker program can be found here:

Members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation scheduled for the Blue Wave Fest program have responded to the emergency of 2,400 children and infants separated from their parents, and are now expected to depart for the Mexican border to visit sites of incarceration.

According to Festival organizers, the family separation crisis is of immediate urgency, and goes to the heart of who the United States is as a democratic nation. It is one of many issues affecting democracy in America which will be highlighted at the festival including the erosion of voting rights, the safety of the electoral process, the destruction of environmental protections, the assault on women’s rights and human rights, and the wholesale dismantling of our nation’s 13 federal agencies.

“We live in an unprecedented moment when civil discourse, freedom of the press, constitutional norms, protection from foreign interference in our elections, and even widely-shared facts about science are under daily attack,” said Marta Daniels, a Chester resident and Chair of the Fest. “The traditional institutional brakes on government interference are completely absent. Our first opportunity to remedy these assaults on our democracy is coming in November when citizens can go to the polls and vote. The Blue Wave Fest had its origins in this idea,” she said.

The Blue Wave Fest will host local musicians, 20+ issue speakers, state and federal legislators, state and local office-seekers, and 35 exhibitors offering valuable insight into how citizens, communities and organizations are taking action to face the most pressing challenges affecting our democracy today. This big tent event is co-sponsored by the 15 Democratic Town Committees of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Clinton, East Haddam, Haddam, East Hampton, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook, Madison and Colchester. All are welcome. There is no admission fee and plenty of parking at the fairgrounds.

For more information about the Blue Wave Fest, please call 860-343-3191 or visit the website at

Blue Wave Festival Celebrates the Rising Tide of Democracy
on Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Chester, CT

FREE-To-the-Public Event — Speakers, Musicians, Advocates, and Child-Friendly Activities

Chester, CT – June 1, 2018 – The Chester Democratic Town Committee (DTC) in cooperation with 14 Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline DTCs announced today they will host a Blue Wave Festival on Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 3pm – 6pm at the Chester Fairgrounds, Rt 154 and Kirtland Terrace, in Chester, CT.  The family-friendly Blue Wave Fest will feature local musicians, 20+ guest speakers, legislators, office-seekers and 35+ information tables offering valuable insight into how citizens, communities and organizations are taking action to face the most pressing challenges affecting our democracy today. This one-of-a-kind event will also celebrate the power of the individual vote. The Blue Wave Fest coalition of DTCs in the lower Connecticut River Valley includes Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Killingworth, Haddam, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. There is no admission fee.  For the very latest updates to the event program, regularly visit the Blue Wave Fest website at, Facebook: Blue Wave Fest, and Twitter:@BlueWaveFest or Instagram.

"We are very, very excited about our democracy festival," states Marta Daniels, Blue Wave Fest Chair. "This is a wonderful platform where citizens can come together for a constructive political dialogue across various views, ages, and gender. The Blue Wave Fest is a big tent event for exploring the issues impacting our democracy, and emphasizing the necessity of voting for every single Connecticut citizen.  Our diverse festival program includes political, musical, creative, and social voices and champions from every walk of life and age.  Our aim is to engage the vibrant citizenry in the Lower Connecticut River Valley with compelling conversations about democracy, equality, tolerance, and bettering our communities for everyone along the economic ladder.”

For more information about the Blue Wave Fest, please call 860-343-3191 or visit the website at

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