Kaufman’s “OPEN HOUSE” Challenges Democracy and the Status Quo

Democracy Demands Engagement: That Means You!”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” wraps up its 22nd season with an informative 4-part series entitled “Democracy Demands Engagement.”  The four sessions will be on May 4th, 18th, and 25th, and June 15th from 7-9 PM at Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street in Lexington.   The series is co-sponsored by the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association and invites discussion of the populist actions and civic unrest epitomized by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement,  Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution,“ and Donald Trump’s election.

The 2016 campaign sent shockwaves through the nation and world. Since Election Day, many of us asked “What now?” These forums will bring us together to ask this question, to think and learn together, and to explore steps to re-energize democracy and ourselves.

The Lineup:

May 4th, “Challenging Times/Building Community,” will invite us to identify what moves/concerns us and how to unite around these concerns.

 May 18th, “Identifying and Overcoming Divisions,” will allow us to look behind today’s challenges to identify the systemic roots of our divisions and those who exploit them for political gain.

May 25th, “Values-Based/Moral Action,” We will reflect on what it means to take meaningful action.

June 15th, “What Now?  Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Together.” A look ahead to our next steps.

Unlike regular “OPEN HOUSE” forums that are taped and broadcast by LexMedia, to encourage unfettered participation, this revolution will not be televised! Mark your calendars as we explore this challenging territory. RSVP by emailing Jacob.blanton@mahouse.gov.



In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.


Sean Fitzgerald 617-406-9871