Manhattan Events

“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower


Let's Talk Democracy expands to Manhattan! 

Similarly dedicated to bringing information to local communities and providing a forum for voices to be heard, Let’s Talk Democracy-Manhattan brings civics series closer to you.  

Check out our event topics, dates, and locations here.

CURRENT MANHATTAN SERIES 

Let's Talk Democracy: Civic Engagement Series

Hamilton Fish Park Library  A 5-Week Series:  

Wednesdays, Oct 16, 23 & 30, Nov 6 & 13 & 20, 5:30 to 6:45pm

Learn the Structure of Government: Local, State, and Federal 
 
Would you like to understand our political system better and have the tools to improve it? Join us for a community conversation on how our federal, state and local governments are structured and how you can make an impact.  Empower yourself to effect change by learning how the system works and what you can do to get government to respond to you. 

 
Schedule: Six Sessions | Wednesday Evenings 
 
Introduction to Federal Government 
Wednesday, October 16, 5:30-6:45 PM Professor John Krinsky 
 
Introduction to State Government: Role of State Legislature in City Affairs
Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-6:45 PM Assembly Member Harvey Epstein 
 
Introduction to City Government: Relationship with State Government
Wednesday, October 30, 5:30-6:45 PM District Leader John Blasco 
 
District Leaders: Tasks and Responsibilities
Wednesday, November 6, 5:30-6:45 PM District Leaders John Blasco and Aura Olavarria 
 
Housing Issues
Wednesday, November 13, 5:30-6:45 PM Community Organizer Julian Morales (GOLES) 
 
The Census
Wednesday, November 20, 5:30-6:45 PM Speaker To Be Announced 
 
FREE PROGRAM
Hamilton Fish Park Library, 415 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002  Phone: 212-673-2290

Past Events

MANHATTAN SERIES

The Structure of Federal, NY State and City Governments

6-Week Series - Thursdays, April 4 - May 16, 2019, 5:30pm

Would you like to understand our political system better and have the tools to improve it? Join us for a community conversation to learn about how our federal, state and local governments are structured and how you can make an impact. 

Empower yourself to make the changes you want by learning how the system works & what you can do to get government to respond to you.

 



About Let’s Talk Democracy-Manhattan

Building on the the success of our Queens events and the ever-growing interest to better understand how our democracy works, Let's Talk Democracy has expanded to Manhattan. Spear-headed by one of our steering committee members, Michele Burger, Let’s Talk Democracy-Manhattan is similarly dedicated to bringing information to local communities and providing a forum for voices to be heard. Since 2018 we have offered events at several libraries across the Lower East Side, including Seward Park, Tompkins Square and currently Hamilton Fish Park. In the months ahead we will be expanding to other library branches as well as other neighborhood facilities.

Let’s Talk Democracy-Manhattan continues the organization's core goal to inform citizens, in a participatory setting, about how our federal, state and city governments work.  Typically our speakers are experts in the field and elected officials.  We include current topics important to every citizen, such as New York Charter reforms and the 2020 Census.  Speakers have included Mahattant Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Members Carlina Rivera and Helen Rosenthal, Civil Court Judge Robert Rosenthal, State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, among others. 

Sessions are FREE and everyone is welcome. See the CALENDAR and flyers for scheduled sessions.

Blue Bubble.jpg Many Thanks to Our Supporters

Special thanks to the NY Public Library, the Hamilton Fish Park Library and the Seward Park Branch for their help in our expansion to Manhattan.