You cast your vote yesterday and today it may seem pretty inconsequential. After all, what election ever got decided by just one vote? Combine that reality with the dysfunction in government and you may be ready to abandon the notion that citizens have any role to play in their government.
Not so fast, says Sam Daley-Harris, a Princeton resident and author of “Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.”
Currently on a speaking tour to promote the 20th anniversary edition of his book, Daley-Harris says the citizens can still effect real change, but “only when individuals overcame their fear of stepping outside their comfort zone to become empowered citizens, well-informed and daring to speak convincingly to their elected leaders.”
Daley-Harris, founder of the citizens lobby group RESULTS, explains how democracy can be reclaimed on Friday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Church’s One Table Cafe, at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. A restaurant donates the dinner, attendees are asked to pay what they can ($10 is suggested) and all funds go to a charity. To make a reservation call 609-924-2277, ext. 352. Leave your name, telephone number, and number attending the dinner. A week before the One Table dinner, you will receive a confirmation call.