Welcome to the 2020 Civics 101 Workshop!

WHAT

  • Civics 101 is a free workshop focused on building community power through civic knowledge! Stay up to date on the schedule of events by joining the Facebook event page here!

WHEN

  • Tuesday, October 20th: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 21st: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 22nd: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE

  • Virtually on Zoom! 

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 everyone, young and old! 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!

TUES, OCTOBER 20th, 2020

TUES, OCTOBER 20th, 2020

NIGHT 1: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Civics 101 – Power, Democracy, and You! 

This workshop is an introductory-level course on personal power & community organizing, our 2020 elections, local government versus state government, and how local & state laws are created. 

Facilitators: Members of Bridgeport Generation Now

Slides from Night One are available here!

WED, OCTOBER 21st, 2020

WED, OCTOBER 21st, 2020

NIGHT 2: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Investing In Public Safety

During this webinar, the Public Safety & Police Accountability Circle presented their 2019 research into violence as a public health issue and evidence-based policies for addressing and reducing community violence. They also analyzed the large and growing costs of the Bridgeport Police Department, as well as the cost of officer brutality, misconduct and corruption. Finally, the PSPA Circle presented the results of their Public Safety Survey. While the sample size of the survey was not large enough to be conclusive, the majority of respondants said that “more funding for education, a mentorship program for youth, recreational programs for youth and adults, and unarmed intervention teams” were practices that would make the city safer.

Facilitators: Kacey Perkins, Takina Pollock Shafer, and Julian Shafer; Police Accountability & Public Safety Committee 

Slides from Night Two are available here!

THURS, OCTOBER 22nd, 2020

THURS, OCTOBER 22nd, 2020

NIGHT 3: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Building an Anti-racist Democracy in Bridgeport: What will it take?

This workshop will focus on absentee ballot reform, voting rights restoration for parolees and early voting in CT as solutions to the structural disparities built into our democracy to suppress the voices of Black, Indigenous, Brown and poor White people in America.

Facilitators: Members of Bridgeport Generation Now

Slides from Night Three 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/