The Wisconsin Grassroots Network has announced it will host a festival this fall in Eau Claire. The network’s mission is “to facilitate and sustain the development and growth of community based, grassroots organizations in order to enhance democracy, justice and equity for all.”

The Eau Claire Grassroots Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. 

A featured keynote speaker will be journalist and author John Nichols of The Nation. The event will include more than two dozen breakout sessions on four themes — environment, education, economics and equality — as well as live music by the Raging Grannies.

Sponsors include Student National Environmental Health Association, Eau Claire Keeping Families Together, Eau Claire Coming Together, Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Gaia Coalition Network, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Indigenous Warrior Society of Wisconsin and Building Unity.

Group organizers also will hold a summit, called “Rise Up, Our Future Our Choice,” the next day to discuss how grass-rooots organizations can come together in unity and action.

More information about the event is available at