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Defining Progress: Fifth Annual Community Progressive Returns to Julia Davis Park Saturday

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Organizers of the 2015 edition of the Community Progressive, set for this Saturday, June 27 in Julia Davis Park told Boise Weekly that the event, “really embodies the spirit of Boise.

“When I think about the progressive, I think of it as hundreds and even thousands of conversations,” said Kelly Miller, executive director at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, whose organization cohosts this year's along with United Vision for Idaho.

“It's an incredible melding of all different parts of our community,”Adrienne Evans, executive director for United Vision for Idaho told BW.

With attractions ranging from stand-up comedy to music performances to local vendors to an African fashion show,organizers say the intent of the event is to showcase the diverse set of identities present in the Boise community.

“My favorite part of the day is at 11 a.m. We open the stage and everyone is invited to come up and say one or two words about what progress looks like to them,” said Evans. "The result of the collective definitions of progress is a powerful vision of who we are as a community and what we can become." 

The Boise Community Progressive began in 2010 as a way to "bridge the goals and values of nonprofits with identities within the Boise area," according to organizers who added that they desire to work with groups that are too often marginalized by working in isolation.

“It feels like a day of building a shared horizon,” said Miller, adding that she's particularly enthusiastic about working with UVI this year. This is the first time that ICASDV is taking on an active role with helping to organize the progressive. 

“Last year we had 2,000 people,” said Evans of the turnout in 2014, “We totally anticipate that will grow.”

Evans and Miller are extremely optimistic for the next five years, joking that, “The city won’t be big enough to hold all the folks that will come out.”