Take a look at the events WCC held in 2022:
MONDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2022
The People’s Money: Ideas Generation Session – The Bronx
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and WCC hosted a virtual Idea Generation session for Citywide Participatory Budgeting. Attendees helped identify their community’s needs and brainstormed solutions for The Bronx.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26, 2022
Civic Matters Workshop: Sip & Learn: Racial Equity and Government Accountability
WCC and the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC), hosted an interactive workshop about the ballot proposals for the November election.
This event featured Deneisha Thompson as she discussed racial equity and its connection to government accountability, the upcoming ballot proposals, and how to activate your friends and family to make their vote count.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2022
Equity is on the Ballot: Know What You’re Voting For
WCC hosted a virtual event to discuss the questions that will appear on the back of your ballot and how they aim to address systemic racism. Responses to these questions from the Racial Justice Commission could change the New York City Charter—our city’s constitution.
The event featured Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq., CEO & Executive Director of FPWA and Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq., Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at CUNY Medgar Evers College, and was moderated by social justice advocate (Grace) Angela Henry.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2022
It’s Your Money: Participatory Budgeting Ideas Generation for Manhattan
The League of Women Voters of the City of New York (LWV) and WCC hosted an idea generation session that focused on citywide participatory budgeting to help identify community needs and brainstorm ideas for Manhattan-based projects. This year, New York City is expanding the popular local participatory budgeting initiative and allowing community members across the city to vote on how to spend a designated part of the City budget in each borough. A recording of the session can be found here.
TUESDAY JULY 19, 2022
Co-Partner Event: Redistricting Training with Citizens Union
WCC and Citizens Union held a virtual training focused on redistricting. The event, led by Citizens Union Public Policy and Program Manager, Dan Kaminsky, showcased resources that civically-minded people can use to understand redistricting. Dan also discussed ways to become involved in this year’s process. A recording of the training is available for viewing, and Citizens Union is regularly updating their 2022 City Council Redistricting Website as new information becomes available.
TUESDAY JUNE 21, 2022
Civic Matters Hangout: Lunch with Jasmine
This Civic Matters Hangout featured our public speaking and storytelling extraordinaire, Jasmine Wilson. Participants met members of the community, asked questions, and shared their own stories.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 15, 2022
Civic Matters Storytelling Workshop: Speak Up & Shine
This last workshop in the Civic Matters Spring 2022 featured a guest facilitator, Jasmine Wilson. Attendees participated in improv activities and leave with resources for how to strengthen their storytelling skills in real-life contexts.
WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2022
Introduction to Advocacy and Local Governance Training
This workshop & training in partnership with the Advocacy Institute was designed for those who are new to advocacy and want to get familiar with the basics. It featured WCC Facilitator Deneisha Thompson and was led by David Ng and Marissa Martin from the Advocacy Institute!
WEDNESDAY MAY 17, 2022
Civic Matters Hangout
Participants connected, chatted, and shared resources with each other and the Civic Matters Team.
THURSDAY MAY 12, 2022
IG Live: Communities Speak Survey: Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic City
The Communities Speak Survey. Program and Policy Fellow, Haydon John, and Communities Speak Reports and Digital Team Lead, Kaitlyn Nelson, discussed the origins of the project at Columbia University, some initial findings, and the importance of data-informed policy. Watch the IG Live.
THURSDAY APRIL 28, 2022
Speak Up, Be Heard: Learn how to amplify your voice through civic engagement
WCC and the YWCA of New York joined for an engaging discussion about what civic engagement means, why it’s important, and how to get involved to support issues you care about. The conversation was moderated by WCC facilitator, Deneisha Thompson, and featured Reginald Belle, Campaigns and Programs Fellow, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Quadira Coles, Deputy Director of Policy, Girls for Gender Equity, and Kaya Jones, NE Regional Program Coordinator, IGNITE. Watch the event.
SATURDAY MARCH 26, 2022
Frances Perkins Street Renaming
On Saturday, March 26th from 3:30PM to 4:30PM, one day after the 111th anniversary of the devastating fire that helped launch the U.S. labor movement, Perkins had a street co-named after her. West 46th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues—a block that includes Hartley House, a nonprofit organization where she was a social worker—will now be named Frances Perkins Place. Council Member Erik Bottcher, the New York City Department of Transportation, Manhattan Community Board 4, the Frances Perkins Center, The Perkins Family, and Hell’s Kitchen historian James Kaplan hosted the unveiling. NYS Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon and WCC’s former Chair of the Board and current counsel, Helen Diana (Heidi) Reavis, Esq., appeared as guest speakers. See the video about the street renaming, check out the photos from the event, and read Heidi Reavis’ speech.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2022
Civic Matters Hangout: A Night of Storytelling
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2022
State of the State and Budget Address
WCC was joined by a member of Governor Kathy Hochul’s team, Emily Kadar, Director of Women’s Affairs, and moderator (Grace) Angela Henry for a timely conversation to learn about the administration’s budget and agenda. This event presented a unique opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback to the Governor’s office. Watch the conversation.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26, 2022
Civic Matters Instagram Live: New Year Goalsetting: Strategies for Building Civic Engagement into Your Life
THURSDAY JANUARY 6, 2022
New York City January 6 Vigil for Remembrance and Action
Women Creating Change co-sponsored New York City’s Virtual Vigil for Remembrance and Action. January 6 was a violent and deadly attack against all Americans – against our country, our democracy, and our freedom as voters to choose the leaders that represent us so that we have a government of, by, and for the people. By coming together, we urged the Senate to protect our right to vote.