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Sunday, April 23, 2017

‘Raising Children in Trump’s America’ Subject of Tuesday Panel Discussion

The Democratic Women of Westport (DWW) will host a panel entitled “Raising Children in Trump’s America” on Tuesday, organizers announced.

The discussion from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, will explore “how to address the needs emerging in our community as a result of the new political landscape, including recent executive actions and political directives,” an announcement said.

“Panelists will discuss how to talk to children about the political climate in a way that is authentic and not fear-based, and how to use kindness as an act of resistance. “

Panelists include Claudia Connor, president and CEO of the International Institute of Connecticut; Marji Lipshez-Shapiro, interim director of the Anti Defamation League, Connecticut; Claire Dinshaw, editor-in-chief of Inklings the Staples High School newspaper; Tara Covais Varsov, a psychotherapist working with children and families, and Karen Dahl of little m, a communications firm.

The discussion will be moderated by Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president and on air contributor at NBC Sports, who is an active member of the Westport Democratic Town Committee and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“We are thrilled to host such an esteemed panel and look forward to a lively discussion about how the current administration and political climate directly impact Westport’s children and families,” said Rebecca Martin, co-chair of the DWW.

“We want to provide practical ways in which we as parents and community members can help foster a more kind and positive climate.”

Organizers said the panel will address:

— How drastic policy shifts are being felt in Fairfield County

— How immigrant and refugee families in the local community are faring.

— The social impact of Trump’s rhetoric on schools and community.

— How parents can talk to children in a way that is not fear-based but authentic.

— How kindness can be engendered as an act of resistance.

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