Know Your Home Turf: NYC Gov 101, with Rachel Lauter
June 11th, 2017 from 1 PM to 3 PM @ Primary Stages, Studio A, 307 W 38th Street, Suite 1510 in Manhattan
This training focused covered the ins and outs of New York State and City government: ranging from New York's State Senate Independent Democratic Conference to a deep dive on the Democractic Party's (formerly) impenetrable county committees.
Rachel Lauter is Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Director of the Mayor's Office of Appointments. She previously served as Counsel for City Legislative Affairs in the Mayor's Office. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, she was Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo and clerked for the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe in the Southern District of New York. Lauter is co-founder of the New Kings Democrats, a local Brooklyn-based political club.
How to Live an Activist Life, with Stephanie Yazgi and Coco Wheeler
May 6th, 2017 from 1 PM to 3 PM @ The Rudin Center at NYU in the Wagner Building (295 Lafayette Street), 2nd floor
This training focused on how to become more politically aware and active—including connecting with your own values, learning what it means to show up for one another, and redefining what it means to be an activist in a modern, sustainable way.
Stephanie Yazgi is an experienced community organizer, political strategist, and coalition-builder. Yazgi currently works at the NYC Mayor's Office and is an adjunct professor. In previous positions, she has has worked in consulting, served as the Director of Strategic Organizing Initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy and Campaign Director for UFCW's Walmart Free NYC initiative, and has extensive experience in state government. She has built a number of successful coalitions and campaigns, and has authored and facilitated numerous trainings on community, political and electoral organizing.
Coco Wheeler is a social worker, organizer, and Almodóvar enthusiast. In the past, Coco worked in juvenile 'justice' and foster care, focusing on young people who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system — LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Their organizing work centers on white anti-racist practice, as well as the development of safe and inclusive environments for queer young people. Currently, Coco works at Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice as a social worker and parent advocate.