WCC regularly hosts and co-hosts curated conversations, workshops, and events about timely civic engagement topics.
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
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.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 9, 2021
OCOV City Hall Rally
Women Creating Change gathered once again with the OCOV Coalition to celebrate history being made. With the passage of Intro.1867, NYC would become the largest city to all green card holders and people with work authorization to vote in city elections.
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. Watch the IG Live.
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. Watch the IG Live.
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 Justice; Xamayla 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.
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 Women, Lurie 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 Rodríguez, Theresa 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
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
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.