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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

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 JaywantCounsel & Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Cori Bush

Gabby Vice, Digital Engagement Associate at Run for Something

Bianca GuerreroInaugural 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 EddyFundraising Director at Left Rising

Training Workshop: Launching Your Field Program

Adrian GhaindaSpecial Projects Director at Voters of Tomorrow-NJ

Training Workshop: Communications - Crafting Connections

Jason DealessiManaging 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 AzoulayResearch & Policy Analyst at Student Borrower Protection Center

Policy & Issues Workshop: Housing in NJ

Staci BurgerPresident and CEO at Housing and Community Development Network of NJ

Policy & Issues Workshop: Political Corruption In NJ Look Like?

Imani OakleyCampaign Organizer at TYT

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