Welcome to the 2020 Civics 101 Workshop!

WHAT

  • Civics 101 is a free, 2-day workshop focused on building community power through civic knowledge! Food, childcare, and Spanish <-> English translation is provided. Stay up to date on the schedule of events by joining the Facebook event page here!

WHEN

  • Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, March 29th, 2020

WHERE

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!
REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE!

KICKOFF EVENT: Friday, March 27th

Join us for an evening of important dialogue about Bridgeport’s commitment to free and fair elections, democracy, justice, and voting rights. More details to come!

SAT, MARCH 28th, 2020

SAT, MARCH 28th, 2020

WELCOME

10:00am: Registration & Brunch

10:30am: Welcome

10:45am: Meditation & Centering Exercise 

 

BUILDING COMMUNITY POWER: Part 1

11:00am

ROOM 1: 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

12:00pm

ROOM 1: Lazar v. Ganim – Lessons from a historic trial

This workshop looks at the history of absentee ballot fraud and abuse in Bridgeport, the 2019 primary election, the canvas and investigations leading up to the trial, and the learnings and lessons from the trial judge’s and Supreme Court’s decisions. 

Facilitators: Prerna Rao, Esq, Omnia Law, LLC and Dr. Vanessa Liles, Program Director, PT Power,

1:00pm

LUNCH

 

BUILDING COMMUNITY POWER: Part 2

2:00pm

ROOM 1: Labor Organizing & the History of Unions in Connecticut

This workshop is an introductory-level course on unions, the history of labor organizing in Connecticut, and how unions impact our daily lives!

Facilitator: State Representative Joe Aresimowicz, 30th House District and the Education Coordinator for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 4.

 

ROOM 2: Youth Organized Workshops

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

Facilitators: Student organizers with Connecticut Students For A Dream

 

3:00pm

ROOM 1: Education Funding & the City Budget: Where do we go from here?

TBD

Facilitators: Members of FaithActs for Education

 

ROOM 2: Strengthening Emotional Intelligence for Youth!

This workshop is for youth only, designed for young people in Bridgeport and beyond to engage in an emotional intelligence training. Emotional intelligence or EQ is about the ability to: 1) Recognize, understand and manage our own emotions, 2) Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others, 3) Be aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact  the people around us (positively and negatively), and 4) Learn how to manage those emotions — both our own and others — especially when we are under pressure.

Facilitator: Empress Ayana Love-Bey, Onyx Restorative Justice

 

4:00pm

Census 2020: Bridgeport Counts! 

This half-hour training will explain why the Census is an important tool for racial and social equity in Bridgeport, and how you can help be part of the movement to get your friends and neighbors to complete the Census and make Bridgeport count! 

Facilitators: Members of the Bridgeport Counts! canvassing team

 

4:30pm

Closing Group Discussion

SUN, MARCH 29th, 2020

SUN, MARCH 29th, 2020

WELCOME

11:00am: Registration & Lunch

11:30am: Welcome

11:45am: Meditation & Centering Exercise 

 

SYSTEMS CHANGE

12:00pm

ROOM 1: Public Safety & Community Accountability

This session will discuss the relationship between public safety and public health, and examine their status in Bridgeport. Together, we’ll examine whether our City Budget reflects our needs and concerns in these areas. 

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

 

1:00pm

ROOM 1: How To Run A Political Campaign 

This workshop builds on the expertise of past campaign managers and candidates. It will provide concrete knowledge and skills to individuals considering running for local or state office. 

Facilitator: Gemeem Davis, Vice-President & Co-Director of Bridgeport Generation Now and more!

 

ROOM 2: Preserve Remington Woods – Climate Change and Environmental Justice 

TBD

Facilitators: TBD

 

2:00pm

ROOM 1: Electoral Reforms – Our Vote, Our Rights

This workshop focuses on important electoral reforms in the state legislature which will expand our voting rights, while protecting our civil rights. These reforms include absentee ballot reform, voting rights restoration for parolees, early voting, and ranked-choice voting. 

Facilitators: Voter Choice CT, Bridgeport Generation Now, and more! 

 

3:00pm

CLOSING: 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 illuminating discussion, in the hopes that we can unify with others under a common purpose and forward-thinking visions.

 

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/