Jones Library Programs on Civics and Democracy

Brush up on your civics savviness with this first in an upcoming series of programs on civics and democracy in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Amherst’s former State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose will explain the basics of local, state, and national government systems, expand on the complex set of institutions that form public policy, and lead an interactive exercise to help participants think about where advocates can tap in to make a difference. This session will be appropriate for those with little to no experience with government systems, as well as those with great understandings of institutions but with a desire to become more effective activists.

Solomon Goldstein-Rose, 25, grew up attending the Amherst Public Schools, where he gained a passion for civic engagement and activism. He majored in Engineering and Public Policy at Brown University, interned in the Obama White House, an office in Congress, and a U.S. Senate campaign, and was elected to the Massachusetts legislature at age 22. During his time as State Rep, Solomon wrote monthly guest columns for the Amherst Bulletin, many of which shed new light on aspects of the legislative process and culture in Massachusetts. He also hosted civic engagement events including a monthly dessert and learning conversation and the Amherst League of Women Voters’ CivicsFest. Solomon left the legislature after one term to shift his efforts to full-time, national and global climate change work.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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