We are children of the 50's and 60's who came of age protesting injustice and inequality. Many of us are grandparents, great aunts and great uncles. All of us are determined to transcend politics to defend our democracy, preserve our environment and protect our youngest and most vulnerable.
that our grandchildren will inherit an increasingly inhospitable planet and a country riven by tribalism; where the wealthiest control much of our government, science and wisdom are held in disrepute, and truth has become optional in our public discourse.
that if we don’t act now to defend our democratic institutions and restore respect for truth and science, this country and our earth as we know them will cease to exist during our grandchildren’s lifetime.
that there are enough of us to defend our democratic institutions, preserve our environment and protect our young…
Larry Sarezky is an Amazon #1 best-selling author and has written, directed and composed music for award-winning short films. A retired attorney, Larry is a past Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Family Law Section and of the Fairfield CT Human Services Commission. Larry began his social activism at age 14, creating a fund-raising group on behalf of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee's Mississippi Summer Project. Arrested protesting at Richard Nixon’s 2nd inauguration in 1973, Larry turned to more conventional activism when he ran for the CT State Senate in 1984; long before he became a grandfather concerned about the world we will leave our grandkids.
Rick Kurshner is a long time Beverly Hills media and entertainment attorney. His past and current clients include performers, writers, directors, producers and entertainment companies. He is a strong believer that organized and targeted activism is a necessity for the protection of our democracy, and that volunteerism, in support of those candidates who represent the values that Grandparents for Democracy stands for, is the key to getting or keeping them in office.
Thanissara is an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher, climate crisis activist and author of a number of books including her latest, Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth. With her husband Kittisaro, Thanissara co-founded Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in South Africa and helped initiate and support a number of HIV/Aids response projects in KwaZulu Natal. She is also a founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK, and has facilitated meditation retreats internationally for 30 years. Thanissara is on the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center CA, is a Core Teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, and is a co-founding teacher of Sacred Mountain Sangha International.
Mary Thelma Goodwin is a resident of Scotland County, NC where she is enjoying her retirement with her grandchildren, following 45 years as an elementary and middle school teacher. Mary received her BS degree from North Carolina A&T and a masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She has long been active in local politics and currently serves as Secretary of the Scotland County Democratic Party.