Civics 101 Workshop is a Wrap!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2018 Civics 101 Workshop! You can look through the slides from Day 1 and Day 2 at the bottom of this page. We’ll post video and photography soon! In the meantime, if you attended please take this brief survey to help us make it even better next year!

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Civics 101 Workshop

WHAT

A free, 2-day workshop focused on building community power through civic knowledge!

Saturday March, 24th, 2018
10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday March 25th, 2018
12:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE

NEST Arts Factory, 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605

PARKING:

  • SATURDAY: Park in the lot ACROSS Fairfield Avenue from the NEST Arts Factory. Do not park in the lot adjacent to the building. It is not available to us on Saturday.
  • SUNDAY: Park wherever your heart desires!

WHY
What makes a community powerful? A well-informed and engaged electorate! That’s why we started Bridgeport Generation Now. Our mission is to boost civic engagement through education, community organization, advocacy, and political accountability to all Bridgeport citizens, not just a select few. Our commitment to that mission is the motivation behind our upcoming event, Civics 101.

WHO
Civics 101 is a weekend workshop that is free and open to the public! It pulls together people who’ve been in the trenches, have subject matter expertise, and are willing to share their knowledge, with the hopes of bettering the community we all love. It is also an opportunity to engage, learn, network, and share ideas in a safe, fun, and collaborative space!

Register Here!

Saturday, March 24

Saturday, March 24

WELCOME

10:00am: Registration and Breakfast 

Emcee: Mufasa Bastet, Core Member 

GET WOKE
Civics 101: Political Education! 
11:00am

  • Voter & District Information
  • Election Information
  • Our City & State Government and how it functions

Featuring
Bridgeport Generation Now Members

Moderators
Callie Gale Heilmann, President & Kyle Langan, Core Member; City Council Representative, 132nd District

LUNCH
12:00pm
Catered by Harborview Market 

YOUR VOICE MATTERS 
Activism Into Policy, Policy Into Law: How does it work?
1:00pm

  • What is activism?
  • Why is it important for healthy democracy?
  • How does it lead to permanent social change?

Featuring

Moderator
Jeanine Oburchay, Core Member 

BREAK
2:00pm

Our City & State Budget: How does it connect?
2:30pm

  • How is revenue collected? How is it spent?
  • What are our challenges?
  • How can we manage them?

Featuring

Moderator
Niels Heilmann, BPTGN Treasurer, Analyst 

IN THIS TOGETHER

Community-Led Workshops
3:30pm

Workshops by community, for community. Skill-sharing that strengthens civic life!

Featuring

…and more to be announced!

CLOSING
4:30pm

Emcee: Mufasa Bastet, Core Member 

 

Sunday, March 25

Sunday, March 25

WELCOME

12:00pm: Registration and Lunch 

Emcee: Duanecia EvansCore Member 

BE THE CHANGE

Creative Strategy: Collective Knowledge Is Power!
12:45pm

  • How do we become active residents of Bridgeport?
  • How do we develop a power analysis and strategy?
  • How can we apply our civic knowledge to positive social change?

Facilitator
Duanecia Evans, Core Member 

The Non-Profit Industrial Complex: A Conversation
2:00pm

Facilitator
Dr. Vanessa Liles, Co-Project Director at PT Partners 

In This Together: Bridgeport 2036 
3:00pm

  • What is our collective vision for Bridgeport?
  • What do we want Bridgeport to look, feel, and be in 2036, the year of our bicentennial?
  • What is the work we must do?

Featuring
Razul Branch, BPT Creates, Magnacon 7, BACC, I Luv Bridgeport 
Carolyn Gonzales, Capital For Change, GBLN, Bridgeport Innovation Place
Natalie Pryce, Pryceless Consulting,  I Luv Bridgeport, Bridgeport Innovation Place

…and more to be announced!

Moderator
Margot Gotterer, Core Member, Chair of Policy & Research 

CLOSING
4:00pm

Emcee: Duanecia EvansCore Member 

SLIDES: DAY ONE

Slides from Day One of Civics 101 Workshop 2018 are available here

SLIDES: DAY TWO

Slides from Day Two of Civics 101 Workshop 2018 are available here

CIVIC INFORMATION & RESOURCES

For Civic Information & Resources, including Voter Registration Forms, electoral maps, and more, please visit the Resources Page on our website!

https://bptgennow.org/civic-resources/