Events

WCC regularly hosts and co-hosts curated conversations, workshops, and events about timely civic engagement topics.

 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2021

Civic Matters: How Any Woman Can Make Change: A Panel of Local Changemakers

Attendees heard from three phenomenal speakers on the many ways one can make a difference in their community. The panel featured Thahitun Mariam, Founder of the Bronx Mutual Aid Network, Marjorie Velázquez, City Council Member Elect, District 13, and Cheryl K. Jones, Volunteer, New York Cares.  The workshop was led by Deneisha Thompson.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2021

OCOV City Hall Rally

Women Creating Change was proud to gather outside City Hall to call on the City Council to pass Introduction 1867 alongside advocates, elected officials, and other concerned New Yorkers who know that immigrants deserve the right to vote in our local elections. Watch the OCOV Rally.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2021

NYC Ballot Proposals: 5 Proposals, 4 Experts, 3 Weeks

DemocracyNYC and Women Creating Change hosted a Ballot Proposal IG Live Series, an Instagram Live fireside chat series titled “5 Proposals, 4, Experts, 3 Weeks“. The final live of the series featured Meeta Anand Nonprofit Leader and Former Census 2020 Senior Fellow, NYIC and Maritza Silva-Farrell from the ALIGN NY. They discussed the impact, benefits, and challenges of Ballot Proposal 2: Environmental Rights.

MONDAY OCTOBER 25, 2021

NYC Ballot Proposals: 5 Proposals, 4 Experts, 3 Weeks

DemocracyNYC and Women Creating Change hosted a Ballot Proposal IG Live Series, an Instagram Live fireside chat series titled “5 Proposals, 4, Experts, 3 Weeks“. The third live featured Meeta Anand from The New York Immigration Coalition and Sidney Cherubin from the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project. They discussed the impact, benefits, and challenges of Ballot Proposal 5: NYC Civil Court Jurisdiction.

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22, 2021

NYC Ballot Proposals: 5 Proposals, 4 Experts, 3 Weeks

DemocracyNYC and Women Creating Change hosted a Ballot Proposal IG Live Series, an Instagram Live fireside chat series titled “5 Proposals, 4, Experts, 3 Weeks“. The second live featured Meeta Anand from The New York Immigration Coalition and Lurie Daniel Favors from the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. They discussed discuss the impact, benefit, and challenges of Ballot Proposal 1: Redistricting.

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021

Civic Matters: Your Ballot, Your Voice, Your Vote

Attendees learned what will be on the November 2nd General Election Ballot, about the 5 ballot measures, and why it is important to vote on them. The workshop was led by Deneisha Thompson and featured guest speaker  Fulvia Vargas-De Leon from Latino Justice.

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 14, 2021

NYC Ballot Proposals: 5 Proposals, 4 Experts, 3 Weeks

DemocracyNYC and Women Creating Change hosted a Ballot Proposal IG Live Series, an Instagram Live fireside chat series titled “5 Proposals, 4, Experts, 3 Weeks“. The first live featured Fulvia Vargas-De León, Associate Counsel, Latino Justice and Deneisha Thompson, WCC Workshop Facilitator, where they discussed proposals 3 & 4 that deal with same-day voter registration and absentee voting. Watch the IG Live.

 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2021 

Disrupting Power and Making Herstory in NYC

WCC co-sponsored NYIC’s and AAF’s Disrupting Power and Making Herstory in NYC. This two-part panel series taking place in October & November featured panels of women of color who ran campaigns for City Council in the 2021 Primary Elections and included Q&A sections. Panel 1 was a discussion with candidates on their campaign & experience with Moumita Ahmed, Sandy Nurse, Mino Lora, and Shahana Hanif as panelists.

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6, 2021

Spotlight on Board of Elections Reform

Women Creating Change and DemocracyNYC co-hosted an event to discuss potential reforms to the New York City Board of Elections. The all-women panel was moderated by DeNora Getachew, CEO, DoSomething.org, and included esteemed panelists Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference; Liz Krueger, New York State Senate, District 28; Chisun Lee, Deputy Director, Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for JusticeXamayla Rose, Deputy Public Advocate for Civic and Community Empowerment; and Nily Rozic, New York State Assembly, District 25. Watch the event discussion and read more about the event.

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER, 25, 2021

Code for Good

WCC was excited to participate in J.P. Morgan & Chase Co.’s Code For Good Hackathon! Students participating in the 24 HR Hackathon had great ideas and will help WCC serve NYC women, prioritizing those who are underrepresented and systemically excluded in civic engagement arenas/spaces/actions. Learn more about WCC’s participation.

 

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Unleashing Your Voice

Attendees participated in improv-based and public speaking activities to empower them to express themselves with confidence, conviction, and authenticity with Jasmine Wilson.

 

 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Our City, Our Vote Press Conference and City Council Hearing

Carole Wacey, President and CEO; Lea Giddins, Senior Program and Policy Manager; Anita Mathew, Operations Manager; Ruth Acker, WCC Board Member; and Haydon John, Program and Policy Fellow gathered in City Hall Park for a press conference in support of Intro. 1867 and Our City, Our Vote before the NYC Council Hearing. They are pictured with Catalina Cruz (right of Carole Wacey), Assemblywoman of District 89. Watch the OCOV Press Conference. Read Carole Wacey’s testimony and Lea Giddin’s testimony.

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25, 2021

Civic Matters Instagram Live: Our Stories: How We Started and Why Civics Matters

Attendees got to know the people behind Civic Matters, such as WCC Workshop Facilitator, Deneisha Thompson, and WCC Board Member, Dayanna Torres, about why civic engagement matters now more than ever for women in NYC. Watch the Instagram Live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021

Civic Matters Workshop: Election Season is Here: Come & Learn What’s New!

Attendees learned about ranked-choice voting and participated in a Q&A and discussion about voting and elections. The workshop was led by Deneisha Thompson and featured guest speaker Aarati Cohly from DemocracyNYC.

Take a look at the Voting Resource Toolkit WCC made in collaboration with DemocracyNYC and the New York City Civic Engagement Commission.

 

 

THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021

Our City Our Vote Rally for One Million Voices

WCC joined elected officials, community members, and the Our City Our Vote Coalition for a rally in Corona, Queens.  The coalition celebrated reaching 34 co-sponsors and called on the New York City Council to immediately schedule a hearing on Intro. 1867.

 

 

TUESDAY JUNE 15, 2021

Release of A Blueprint for Women’s Civic Engagement in New York City

The release of WCC’s groundbreaking report, A Blueprint for Women’s Civic Engagement in New York City: Toward a More Just and Equitable Democracy, and a discussion with Emmy-winning journalist Vivian Lee, featuring three of NYC’s most respected leaders: Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq., Interim Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Ana L. Oliveira, President and CEO, New York Women’s Foundation; and, Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Chair and Executive Director, NYC Civic Engagement Commission. Watch the Blueprint release event.

 

THURSDAY MAY 20, 2021

Civic Matters Workshop: Know Your Rights!

Attendees were given an introduction to civic engagement, connected with other women, and shared ways in which women can take action in their communities.

Take a look at the Know Your Rights toolkit.

 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 2021

Civic Matters Workshop: Sip and Learn: Everyday Actions Everyone Can Take to Make Change

Attendees learned what civics is, why it matters, and how they can make a difference in their families and communities. Participants were able to connect with other like-minded women and gain resources.

See corresponding civic engagement resources.

 

 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 14, 2021

Local Elections: A Panel on How and Why to Vote

In a conversation with DemocracyNYC and the NYC Civic Engagement Commission, this event got the word out about the city’s 2021 elections, ranked-choice voting, and advancing voting rights. The event was moderated by Melva M. Miller, ABNY, and featured panelists Roshni Ahmed, Women for Afghan WomenLurie Daniel Favors, Esq., Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, and Bitta Mostofi, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Watch the conversation and see the Voting Resource Toolkit.

 

 

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 2020

Table Talk Online: Celebrating Women’s Activism

The conversation about the power of storytelling and WomensActivism.NYC featured Spirit Tawfiq and their goal to collect 20,000 stories by the end of 2020 to honor the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and in the United States in 1920. Participants learned about this historic opportunity to collect untold stories about amazing NYC women and get guidance about how to write and submit their own stories. Watch the powerful conversation and read more about the Table Talk.

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Table Talk Online: An Election is One Day, but Civic Engagement is Every Day
L. Joy Williams, Brooklyn NAACP and Wendy Weiser, Brennan Center

The conversation featured L. Joy Williams, and Wendy Weiser. They discussed the aftermath of the 2020 Election including the next steps for the country and city; civic engagement beyond the ballot; and where to go from here. Watch the conversation and read more about the Table Talk.

 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Table Talk Online: “Final Call” GOTV Phone Bank Kym Hampton, New York Liberty WNBA player and Wennie Chin, New York Immigration Coalition

The conversation with Kym Hampton, WNBA/NY Liberty Legend discussed the importance of voting, what is at stake in this election, and what we can expect after the final polls close, followed by a live Get Out the Vote phone banking session. Read more about the Table Talk.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2020

Civic Matters: Voting Workshop

Attendees discussed issues surrounding voting, creating a voting plan, gaining knowledge about voting rights, and learning how to get involved in voter outreach and voter advocacy. Participants learned about the importance of voting, the role of voter suppression, and how to vote in 2020 and beyond. Find a personalized NYC voting plan and corresponding resources for voting and participation.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26, 2020

Table Talk Online. Finish the Fight Rewriting the Women’s Suffrage Movement
Ming Peiffer, Playwright and Whitney White, Director

The conversation about the play Finish the Fight and the forgotten women of the Suffrage movement featured playwright Ming Peiffer and Director Whitney White. Watch the conversation and read more about the Table Talk.

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2020

Table Talk Online: Help More New Yorkers Vote!
Honorable Ydanis Rodriguez, Theresa Thanjan, New York Immigration Coalition, and Yafa Dias, Arab American Association of NY

A conversation about voting rights, current legislation, and the Our City, Our Vote, a coalition of nonprofits, activists, and politicians hoping to bring noncitizen municipal voting to New York City. Speakers were campaign leaders that included New York City Council Member Ydanis RodríguezTheresa Thanjan, and Yafa Dias.  Participants learned about the New York City Council legislation, which was introduced by Council Member Rodríguez in January 2020; why it’s important; who it affects; and how to take action to support it. Watch the conversation and read more about the Table Talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY JUNE 16, 2020

Census Ambassador Training

In collaboration with Census Counts,  League of Women Voters NYC,  NY Counts 2020, and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), WCC was proud to present a Census Ambassador Training session, led by Census Counts. More than 30 participants learned census facts, contemplated the best way to communicate the importance of the census, and brainstormed ways to engage their own networks. Watch the training and read more about the training.

 

 

THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020

Table Talk Online: Civic Engagement During and After COVID-19
Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Chair/Executive Director of the NYC Civic Engagement Commission

The conversation with Dr. Sarah Sayeed discussed the challenges of civic engagement during the COVID-19 crisis. You can read more about the Table Talk here.

 

 

THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2020

Table Talk Online: Impact of COVID-19 on Women
Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of the New York Commission of Gender Equity

The conversation with Jacqueline M. Ebanks, former Executive Director of WCC and current Executive Director of the Commission on Gender Equity, Office of the Mayor, The City Of New York, discussed the challenges women are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic and the potential long-term implications to their lives. You can read more about the Table Talk here.

 

 

FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020

International Women’s Day on The Plaza on NBC’s Today Show

WCC proudly celebrated International Women’s Day on The Plaza along with many inspiring advocates—including model and activist Karlie Kloss. Read more about WCC’s appearance on the Today Show here.

 

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Table Talk: Julie Menin, Director of the NYC Census

The conversation focused on the 2020 Census and addressed the importance of counting women and girls to ensure they receive a fair share of political representation. You can read more about the Table Talk here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22, 2020

WCC Founders’ Day: Frances Perkins Film Screening & Discussion

WCC Founders’ Day was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote and screen a new film spotlighting Frances Perkins — one of the Women’s City Club of New York’s founding members.

 

SATURDAY JANUARY 18, 2020

2020 Women’s March in NYC

The March raised awareness about gender equity, to strengthen women’s collective power, and to combat division and hate.