2021 Events and Achievements
Protect the Vote: Preserve Our Democracy
October 5, 7-8 PM
On October 5, BID held an important zoom panel discussion on the status of voter suppression sweeping our nation and the actions individuals could take to combat these efforts. The event was attended by people across the state and beyond and featured the following speakers/panelists:
Alejandra Sorto, Campaign Strategist, ACLU
Reported on current attacks on voting rights across the country, persistent issues surrounding voting rights in New Jersey and what actions we can take as individuals to ensure increased voter participation and accessibility.
Ezra Levin, Co- Founder, Indivisible
Presented history of Indivisible, the current national landscape on voting right suppression, Indivisible’s current initiatives for activism to protect rights and the importance of ensuring democratic values are upheld in the 2022 election cycle.
Selene Gomez, National Outreach Director, VoteRiders
Addressed the work her agency conducts state by state, focusing in particular on volunteer programs in key states where onerous voter suppression laws have been enacted.
Lori Sackler, BID President and Founder
Provided a brief overview of Bergen Indivisible, its mission and relationship to National Indivisible and the purpose of the evening. She also introduced the speakers and served as the evening’s moderator.
The evening concluded with an open Q&A session moderated by Lori Sackler.
Protect the Vote!
Streamed live on Sep 30, 2021
YWCA CEO Helen Archontou, and Lori Sackler, BID President and Founder Bergen Indivisible for Democracy discuss the "Protect the Vote, Preserve our Democracy" event focusing on the current status of voter suppression sweeping our nation and the actions we can all take to combat these efforts.
Bergen Indivisible For Democracy Hosts "Meet and Greet"
with Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gordon Johnson
April 28th, 7:00 PM
Seeking to provide our community with the opportunity to hear from the candidates running for State Senate and Assembly in District 37 on June 8, BID was pleased to sponsor a "Meet and Greet" with Valerie Vainieri Huttle and her running mates Gervonn Romney Rice and Lauren Kohn Dayton, as well as Gordon Johnson and his "team" Ellen J Park and Shama H. Haider. The well-attended meeting held via Zoom gave attendees the chance to hear the candidates speak directly about why they're running, what issues they are most passionate about, the various legislation they have sponsored over the years, what goals they hope to achieve if elected and how they plan to win. The event was presented as an open forum, not as a debate, allowing each team to present their platforms in separate time frames, where they could address priority issues and the solutions they are proposing in clear, accessible terms. The presentation was followed with an open Q&A discussion that allowed attendees to come away with a deeper understanding of the candidates and their platforms for the upcoming election.