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Women’s Breakfast: Steps to Civic Advocacy, 2020 & Beyond

Date: 09/15/2020

Time: 9:00am
Where: LMHQ, Virtual,

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Covid-19 and its related shutdowns may be making us feel increasingly helpless, but there’s still plenty we can do as individuals to make sure our voices are heard and we are impacting the decisions made by our government. While November 2020 is a critical election month, we can and should bring the same level of energy and civic engagement toward voting in local elections, lobbying our representatives, and educating the community on a consistent basis. At LMHQ’s September Women’s Breakfast, hosted in partnership with the League of Women Voters, our panel of experts discussed the concrete steps you can take to make a lasting change in government and policy. Key takeaways included:

  • Make sure you are registered to vote! In New York, you can now sign up to have forms and postage mailed directly to you.
  • Get involved in state and local government: find out what bills are being passed; look up your city council member and lobby for the issues you care about.
  • Introducte your children to civics early; even if someone is too young to vote, they can still have an impact via advocacy.

Speakers included:


About Our Speakers:

DeNora Getachew is a leader with over a decade of legal, fundraising, and policy and advocacy experience. She’s a ninja for democracy: using all of the tools in her toolbox to advocate for systemic change to strengthen our democracy. She began her career at the New York City Council and has worked at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; and Citizens Union. DeNora has shaped state and local law and policy on a diverse portfolio of issues, including campaign finance, education, ethics, police accountability, and voting reform.

Jessica Lappin is the President of the Alliance for Downtown New York. The organization manages New York City’s and the country’s largest Business Improvement District (BID) and works to ensure that Lower Manhattan is a thriving and dynamic community. A lifelong New Yorker, former elected official, and previous Crain’s “40 Under 40” honoree, Ms. Lappin has a distinguished record in civic life and public service.

Allie Swatek is the Director of Policy and Research at the NYC Campaign Finance Board, where she helps New Yorkers better understand how campaigns are funded and how voters participate in our democracy. Prior to her work at the CFB, Allie helped improve City governance at the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission and supported corporate responsibility at JPMorgan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University’s Gallatin School, and a MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.
Bella Wang is the Voting Reform Chair and DEI Board Chair for the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. As the Voting Reform Chair, she advocates on issues relating to elections in New York City and New York State through legislative advocacy and voter activation. Soon after she joined the League, she received her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, where she wrote her dissertation on international territorial disputes. She also currently works as a data technologist in her day job.
This event was sponsored by Verizon.

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