“We’re all Virginians. We won’t always agree with each other, but we need to have mutual respect. I’m excited for an event of inclusivity!” – Corey Fauconier
First-Time Shad Planker Seeks Enlightenment and Truth through New Perspectives
As the Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, Corey “Sage” Fauconier (follow him on twitter @has heard a lot about the Shad Planking. He’s never attended, but he likes the feeling he gets when people who have gone talk about the event. For 2016 Corey decided it was time to be a part of the annual Wakefield tradition that helps raise money for the surrounding communities. He wants to be part of the very unique, special, and inclusive in-state culture of the Shad Planking.
Originally from New York, Corey moved to Virginia after the September 11th attacks looking for a fresh start. After living here for over a decade Corey considers himself to be a Virginian; he loves Virginia’s beauty and diversity. Of our Commonwealth and the Shad Planking, he says, “We’re all Virginians. We won’t always agree with each other, but we need to have mutual respect. I’m excited for an event of inclusivity!”
Corey decided to join the Libertarian Party when he and his family heard Libertarians James Carr, who was running for Congress, and Robert Sarvis, who was running for Governor, speak at a Richmond Crusade for Voters event. The Richmond Crusade for Voters is the oldest African American rights organization in Virginia. Afterward, Corey’s stepson said that he thought that Mr. Sarvis had the best message. After some research and deep thought Corey agreed, and he joined the Libertarian Party.
At first, Corey noticed an apparent lack of brown-skinned leadership in the Libertarian Party but quickly realized that the party was happy to have him. Like the Shad Planking, the Libertarian Party in Virginia wanted people like him and people of all walks of life to be a part of it. Corey believes that “awareness comes when we step outside our own cultures and learn. That’s how we become enlightened.”
Now, as an African American leader in the Libertarian Party trained by Toastmasters International, Corey seeks to enlighten and educate. He will do this by seeking the truth and walking a mile in the shoes of others. He says, “Learn the tradition. Learn the Mission.” This philosophy is why he recently applied to the Citizen’s Police Academy, and it creates the foundation of why he is drawn to the Shad Planking.
There are other reasons too. As a man who limits his proteins to chicken, turkey, and fish, he is very interested in trying the famous Shad and Shad roe. As a rapper and musician (he wrote the amazing “Nice,” the Libertarian theme), he also looks forward to hearing Virginia’s best country band, Jackson Ward. As the host of “Talks Over Drinks” and a leader in the Libertarian Party, Corey says the political speeches attract his attention too.
Come be a part of the best festival in Virginia, the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival. Get your tickets now and save off the gate price. Come meet great people like Corey Fauconier, who will be at the Libertarian Party of Virginia booth. Join us on Friday, April 22, for this “event of inclusivity.”