West Valley City Meetup Participants Experience the Power of Story Sharing

Jan Garbett, congressional candidate running in Utah's 2nd District, held a BreakFree Meetup in West Valley City on June 14, 2018. The Meetup, as with past gatherings, enabled citizens to share thoughts about issues that matter to them, and to explore some of the complexities of these issues. At this Meetup in West Valley, issues that were repeatedly mentioned by attendees included education, immigration, and health care.   

Jan's intent with these Meetups is not to come quickly to solutions, but to give people the opportunity to have their voice be part of the political process, and to experience listening to others. Jan believes that one way to break down barriers to solutions is for both leaders and citizens to be better at listening and creating space for more idea-sharing.

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Taylor Rippy Monson
Salt Lake Meetup Attendees Declare, "You Have my Vote!"

"I haven't been an active citizen in the past. Here I got to be a participant. We need more done using this [participatory] model."

Such are some of the reflections from attendees at the latest BreakFree Meetup hosted by Jan Garbett, congressional candidate running in Utah's 2nd District. The Meetup, held on June 7, 2018 near downtown Salt Lake City, brought people with a variety of perspectives and opinions together to share thoughts about issues that matter to them, including the environment/climate change, immigration, health care, and federal debt.

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Taylor Rippy Monson
Davis County Voters Build Common Ground

Patterns are starting to emerge as Jan Garbett continues to hold BreakFree Meetups for her congressional campaign in Utah's District 2. At the recent Meetup on Wednesday, May 30 at the Farmington Crossing Clubhouse, attendees shared thoughts that mirror what others who have previously participated in Meetups have said.

"I thought I was just coming to hear Jan [talk to us] but we got to work together as a group to talk about issues together."

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Taylor Rippy Monson
Sanpete, Sevier and Piute Voters "Do Different" in Manti

On May 24, 2018, the Jan Garbett for Congress campaign hosted a BreakFree Meetup for Sanpete, Piute, and Sevier Counties at Manti High School. Attendees ranged in age from high school and college students to senior citizens.

Jan's Meetups are deliberately designed to be interactive events where constituents can share their concerns with each other and with Jan. Attendees at this Meetup shared a wide variety of issues that are on their minds, and they also explored the complexities of issues like budget concerns and education.

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Taylor Rippy Monson
Voters in St. George Gather at First-Ever Meetup

"Have you ever been to a political event like this before?"

"Has there ever been a political event like this, anywhere?" 

On April 25, 2018, the first of a series of unique political gatherings was hosted by the Jan Garbett for Congress campaign at Corporate Alliance's St. George offices on Silicon Way. Called a Voice of the People Meetup, this two-hour participatory event broke the usual protocol for a campaign meeting.

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Holding Politicians Accountable

What if politicians who abused the system, who displaced loyalty by putting party over people or began acquiring excess baggage were fined? What if fines were redirected to decrease the deficit? What if birthing legislation was a process that requiring combined participation that created infant-sized ideas, thoughtfully equipped with the necessary components to mature into functioning adult-sized ideas, in turn saving millions?

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Taylor Rippy Monson
#BreakFree and Attend the United Utah Party Conventions

Convention season is upon us, and the United Utah Party is holding county conventions throughout the state next month, culminating with the UUP statewide convention on April 28th. Conventions are organizing events designed (1) to get to know, nominate, and support our local candidates and (2) to create a local party leadership base (chair, vice chair, secretary) that can "rally the troops" around local causes, candidates, and events.

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Taylor Rippy Monson
Improving the Process of Getting from Problem to Solution

It is time for alternatives. It is time for the new kid on the block. And, it is time for a new tool that is responsive and allows for more participation in the process of problem solving. It is time for Representative Impact where we study all sides of an issue and cooperatively work to create shared solutions we can all live with. Come take part in this process.

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Taylor Rippy Monson