A Seat At The Table: The Civics 101 Kickoff Event!

Friday, March 22nd at 6:00pm at B:Hive Bridgeport, 930 Main Street

Come help us kickoff our 3rd Annual Civics 101 Workshop by celebrating the women at the center of our movements!

“A Seat At The Table” is an evening conversation and celebration! Join for a dialogue on living your values in 2019, as we learn alongside women invested in the fight for social equity and justice. We’ll hold dialogue on what this looks like in Connecticut and what women’s inclusion in the work means moving forward. Stay for the music, drinks, food, and art!

Featuring conversation with Duanecia Evans, Core Member of Bridgeport Generation Now and Senior Managing Director of National Black Communities Alliance, Teach For America; Rev. Ina Anderson, CEO of Emerging Voices Productions; Laura McCargar; President of Perrin Family Foundation; Kaitlyn Shake, CT Women’s March Organizer and co-founder of the Fairfield Standing United Indivisible group; Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Labor Organizer and 2018 Candidate for Secretary of State.

This free event is generously sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

To sign up for membership, please visit https://bptgennow.org/core-membership/

To register for the Civics 101 Workshop on March 23 and 24th, please visit https://bptgennow.org/civics-101-workshop/

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Welcome to the 2019 Civics 101 Workshop!

WHAT

A free, 2-day 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!

Saturday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 24th, 2019

University of Bridgeport, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design

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 23, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

WELCOME

10:00am: Registration & Brunch

10:45am: Welcome

11:00am: Intersectionality between Spirituality and Social Movements: Leslie Booker, co-author of “Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting” will give a talk on the intersectionality between spirituality and social movements, then lead participants in meditation.

SELF-DETERMINATION: Part 1

11:30am

ROOM 1: Know Your Local Government!

This workshop is an introductory-level course on local government, how it is currently structured, and where people have the power to make change!

Co-Facilitated by: Kyle Langan, City Council, 132nd District; Ernest Newton, City Council, 139th District; Edwin Farrow, Police Commissioner.

ROOM 2: Know Your State Government! 

This workshop is an introductory-level course on state government, how it is currently structured, and where people have the power to make change!

Facilitated by: Arvia Walker, Public Policy & Strategic Engagement Specialist, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

LUNCH

SELF-DETERMINATION: Part 2

1:30pm

ROOM 1: Know Your City Budget!  

This workshop is an introductory-level training on municipal budgets, how to read and analyze them, and how they impact our daily lives!

Facilitated by: Kenneth Reveiz, Organizing Manager for CT Students For A Dream, New Haven Alderman, Ward 14

ROOM 2: Bridgeport Student Voice

This workshop is a youth-led space, for Bridgeport youth to discuss their issues, concerns, and visions!

Facilitated by: Tiana Krause, Kayla Pettway, and Julie Hajducky

2:30pm

ROOM 1: Voter Registration & Canvassing

This workshop is an introductory-level training on Voter Registration & Canvassing, why it is important for healthy communities, and how we can do it effectively!

Co-Facilitated by: Working Families Party CT & Make The Road CT

ROOM 2: How To Run A Political Campaign

This workshop is an introductory-level training on “How To Run A Political Campaign,” offering key dates, filings, roles, skills, resources, and how to do it effectively!

Facilitator: Gage Frank, Former Civic Engagement Manager at FaithActs for Education, current Campaign Manager for Justin Elicker for Mayor, New Haven.

COMMUNITY BUILDING 

3:30pm

Community-Led Workshops

These are hour-long workshops by community, for community that offer skills and knowledge sharing to strengthen our collective civic life! If you are interested in facilitating a Community-Led Workshop, please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/Hh67ajP1hqMRfndT2 

4:30pm

Closing Group Discussion

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

WELCOME

12:00pm: Registration & Lunch

SYSTEMS CHANGE

1:00pm

ROOM 1: The Work Of Anti-Racism

What does it mean to be Anti-Racist? What are our roles, commitments, and understandings? How do we know if we are doing the work? Join for this illuminating discussion to dig deeper into how we can all do our part to dismantle white supremacy.

Co-Facilitators: Addys Castillo, Executive Director, Citywide Youth Coalition; Karen Grossi, White Working Class Anti-Racist Organizer

ROOM 2: Public Safety & Police Accountability

What is Public Safety? Whose safety are we considering and including when we imagine a public and safe world? And what role does the practices of strong accountability, restorative justice, and healing play in strengthening public safety for all?

Facilitators:

Shamare Holmes, Community Organizer, Bridgeport Education Alliance and Her Time
Ron Bailey, Retired Bridgeport Police Officer, Author of “No Black Heroes.”
Pastor Doran Wright, Founder, Neighborhood Church Black Rock
Anthony Marshall, Outreach Worker, Street Safe, Bridgeport

 

ROOM 3: Participatory Budgeting 101

This workshop is an introductory-level training on Participatory Budgeting! Participants will learn what it is, why cities do it, why we should do it here in Bridgeport, and how to do it effectively.

Facilitator: Alexander Kolokotronis, Board Member of the Participatory Budgeting Project

ROOM 4: 2020 Census and The Complete Count Initiative: Part 1

This workshop is a two-party introductory-level training on the 2020 Census. In Part 1, participants will learn about the Census, why it is important, and how it is currently being politicized by the Trump administration. In Part 2, participants will receive a “Complete Count” training, so we can be effectively prepared to count all people in Bridgeport in 2020!

Facilitator: Michelle Riordan Nold, Director of CT Data Collaborative

2:00pm

ROOM 1: Women, Employment, & Entrepreneurship in Bridgeport

Where and how do women work in Bridgeport? Join for this discussion about the conditions of employment and entrepreneurship for women in our city and our region. Where are the opportunities? What are the barriers? What resources exists? Where is innovation happening? And where are the gaps?

Facilitators:

Kenyetta Banks, Program Manager, Women’s Business Development Council
Valeria Bisceglia, Business Advisor, CT Small Business Development Center
Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo, Founder, A Pinch of Salt
Kim Bianca Williams, Founder, Urban Synergy in Action

Duanecia Evans, Core Member and Senior Managing Director of National Black Communities Alliance, Teach For America.

ROOM 2: A “Green New Deal” For Bridgeport 

What is Bridgeport’s exposure to climate change? How can transportation and green jobs play a role in mitigating the harm? Join for this discussion to uncover what projects are already underway and to identify where we need help.

Facilitators: John Humphries, Organizer For CT Roundtable On Climate & Jobs; Christina Smith, Resilient Bridgeport/Groundwork Bridgeport 

ROOM 3: 2020 Census and The Complete Count Initiative: Part 2

This workshop is a two-party introductory-level training on the 2020 Census. In Part 1, participants will learn about the Census, why it is important, and how it is currently being politicized by the Trump administration. In Part 2, participants will receive a “Complete Count” training, so we can be effectively prepared to count all people in Bridgeport in 2020!

Facilitators: 

Deborah Stein, Network Director of Partnership for America’s Children
Terri Lowenthal, Census Consultant
Barbara Lopez, President of Make The Road CT
Paul Fabula, Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau
Adhlere Coffy, Action Council Member and Manager of Data Science & Evaluation at FCCF.

 

VISIONING

3:00pm

In This Together: Bridgeport 2036

What is our collective vision for Bridgeport? What is the city that we are working towards? What do we want Bridgeport to look, feel, and be in 2036, the year of our bicentennial? Join this interactive, creative visioning session, in the hopes that we can unify with others under a common purpose and forward-thinking visions.

Facilitators: Gerald Moore, Artist with Arts for Learning and YOU!

2019 Community Sponsors

B:Hive Bridgeport

Courtney George

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

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/