NJ Progressive Democrats State Convention
Preparing to Win
Each year the Progressive Democrat State Convention brings PDNJ members and supporters together to train and share skills, look back on our accomplishments of the past year, and set a course of action for the year to come. Join us on our biggest day of the year!
2023 State Convention At A Glance
The 2023 State Convention is organized in 3 (three) parts
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Public Workshops & Awards
Time: 1pm - 4:00pm
All Are Welcome!
PDNJ State Convention Workshops
Session 1: Let's Get Started
PDNJ is a resource for anyone looking to get started effecting change in their community. Whether you are looking to volunteer for your first campaign or thinking about running for office, we have experienced members and training to help you get started.
Panel Discussion: Getting Involved in Politics
Sameer Jaywant, Counsel & Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Cori Bush
Gabby Vice, Digital Engagement Associate at Run for Something
Bianca Guerrero, Inaugural Racial Justice Leader-in-Residence at City College's Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
Training Workshop: Running for Office
Kate Delaney, South Jersey Progressive Democrats
Carlo Favretto Jr., Progressive Democrats of New Jersey
Session 2: Training the Next Generation of Organizers
PDNJ is focused on recruiting and training the next generation of organizers who have the qualities and skills that progressives need to win in New Jersey. This Breakout Session will focus on building and honing skills that organizers need to lead effective and strategic campaigns. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 4 different workshops to join.
Training Workshop: Fundraising - From Launch to Election Day
Julia Eddy, Fundraising Director at Left Rising
Training Workshop: Launching Your Field Program
Adrian Ghainda, Special Projects Director at Voters of Tomorrow-NJ
Training Workshop: Communications - Crafting Connections
Jason Dealessi, Managing Director at Fuerza Strategy Group
Session 3: Exploring Progressive Issues
What issues is New Jersey facing? How are the lives of poor and working-class families across the state affected? How can progressive candidates and organizers take action to support bold action on these issues? During this Breakout Session, attendees will hear from leading organizers and policy experts on critical issues facing New Jersey and the solutions they are advocating for. Attendees can choose from 3 different workshops to join.
Policy & Issues Workshop: The Student Debt Crisis
Ella Azoulay, Research & Policy Analyst at Student Borrower Protection Center
Policy & Issues Workshop: Housing in NJ
Staci Burger, President and CEO at Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
Policy & Issues Workshop: Political Corruption In NJ Look Like?
Imani Oakley, Campaign Organizer at TYT