Table Talk Online: An Election is One Day, but Civic Engagement is Every Day.

Civic Action After the Election: What’s Next?

Please join WCC for this month’s Table Talk: An Election is One Day, but Civic Engagement is Every Day featuring L. Joy Williams and Wendy Weiser, moderated by (Grace) Angela Henry. The conversation will cover the next steps for the country and city; focus on civic engagement beyond the ballot; and determine where we go from here. As Gloria Steinem stated, “voting isn’t the most we can do, but the least. To have a democracy, you have to want one.”
If you are interested in learning about the various ways to engage, strategies for voter turnout and how participation translate to other arenas of public participation, please come and invite friends, family, and loved ones! All are welcome! Come together with experts to learn how and why to continue civic involvement after voting.

L. Joy Williams is a  political strategist, public speaker, political analyst, and social justice activist. L. Joy currently serves as the President of the Brooklyn NAACP, one of the most generationally diverse branches in the country. She is also the Legislative Coordinator for the New York State NAACP Conference of Branches. She has been a regularly-featured commentator on MSNBC (“Up With David Gura”; “Melissa Harris-Perry Show”; “AM Joy”), NY1 (“Inside City Hall”), BET, and Pacifica Radio. She has worked with g Nina Turner, Stacey Abrams, Letitia James, Jumaane Williams and Cynthia Nixon, for whom she served as Senior Advisor during Nixon’s gubernatorial run. L. Joy is also the Creator, Host, and Producer of the civic education show #SundayCivics on SiriusXM Urban View. She is both Chairman Emeritus of Higher Heights for America and now serves as Chair of the Higher Heights PAC. In these roles, L. Joy travels the country training, advising, and supporting efforts to build Black women’s political power and leadership potential.

Wendy Weiser directs the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan think tank and public interest law center that works to revitalize, reform, and defend systems of democracy and justice. Her program focuses on voting rights and elections, money in politics and ethics, redistricting and representation, government dysfunction, rule of law, and fair courts. She founded and directed the program’s Voting Rights and Elections Project, directing litigation, research, and advocacy efforts to enhance political participation and prevent voter disenfranchisement across the country. She has authored a number of nationally recognized publications and articles on voting rights and election reform, litigated groundbreaking lawsuits on democracy issues, testified before both houses of Congress and in a variety of state legislatures, and provided legislative and policy drafting assistance to federal and state legislators and administrators across the country.

(Grace) Angela Henry, Moderator

The discussion will be moderated by WCC lifetime member (Grace) Angela Henry, whose background in education, empowerment, and activism will encourage women to consider the wide range of ways they can get involved in their communities during and after the election.

For a list of resources and ways to get civically engaged after the election, click here.

Thursday 12 November at 5:00 PM