A pair of local political activism groups is teaming up to host “Activism 101,” a workshop to “unbundle” local government in a way that makes it accessible and accountable to local residents and civic groups.
The workshop will take place at Riverhead Free Library on Monday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
“For far too long I have heard neighbors and friends say nothing can be done or no one in Town Hall listens to them, so why bother,” stated Laura Venugopalan, a leader for Indivisible North Fork, which is hosting the workshop with Together We Will Long Island.
“If you know who, where and when to take your issue, the average citizen will be empowered and hopefully regain the enthusiasm needed to make our local government accountable and responsible,” according to Ellen Hoil of Together We Will Long Island.
The workshop will introduce participants to local Riverhead Town government organization, function and responsibilities. Departments and agencies will be described, town committees introduced, and the “who is who” of local government detailed.
“Our intent is to promote citizen participation, having town residents realize the importance of simply voting in each and every election as well as interacting with local government on a consistent basis,” Venugopalan siad.
The first hour will be dedicated to a presentation of local government “unbundled.” The second hour will be spent demonstrating how to use local government and political constructs to solve some of the issues facing town residents.
Refreshments will be served.
Early registration is suggested: email the organizers.
Editor’s note: This article has been amended since its initial publication to correct the name of the workshop which was reported incorrectly as “Politics 101.” It is “Activism 101.”