“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, formerly It's Who We Are (IWWA), is a Queens-based, grass roots, non-partisan organization started by a group of Forest Hills residents to provide an understanding of civics and to empower citizens through knowledge and dialogue. It is our hope that this will make us more active and effective citizens, create constructive dialogue in our deeply divided society and serve to chip away at the 50% non-voter rate.
Let’s Talk Democracy is dedicated to educating people about our government, encouraging dialogue about the basic foundations of our democracy, and empowering citizens of Forest Hills, Queens and beyond to make their voices heard. We provide classes, seminars, and discussion forums in the belief that informed knowledgeable residents emerge energized to actively participate in the democratic process.
Let’s Talk Democracy will be a local resource where individuals and grass roots groups can:
1) learn about issues affecting their lives and how to engage with government to address them
2) forge alliances with partners
3) be catalysts for change
CORE TEAM - STEERING COMMITTEES
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.
Many Thanks to Our Supporters
- We are deeply grateful to Queens College Professor Michael Krasner for his scholastic contributions to our first workshop series. His willingness to show up to our first session in spite of a personal injury that day is a testiment to his unfailing commitment to our cause.
- We greatly appreciate the extraordinary support of The Taft Institute at Queens College and the help that allowed us to realize our dream.
- We are very grateful to Queens Library for their ongoing support of our organization and to the Forest Hills branch in particular for providing a welcoming venue for our events and activities.
- Special thanks to the NY Public Library and the Seward Park Branch for their help in our expansion to Manhattan.