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Ilir Zherka
Ilir Zherka is Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), a non-partisan nonprofit organization working at the forefront of our nation’s civic life. Prior to this, he spent a decade as the Executive Director of DC Vote, an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for District residents.

Entries by Ilir Zherka

Perfecting Our Union Through Personal Ties

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 7:48 AM

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they hoped to form a more perfect Union. This Fourth of July it's worth checking up on that goal. Given our position in the world and growing economy, it is easy to agree with every modern president when they've said, "Our Union is...

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Volunteering and Service Are More Than a Temporary Response to Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:05 PM

We know that national tragedies have the power to unify a diverse country. WWII, 9/11, and Hurricane Sandy have revealed that reality. In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw the volunteerism rate in the U.S. jump to 28.8 percent, support of governmental institutions was higher than at any time in...

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National Service Is at a Crossroads

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:50 PM

National service is at a crossroads. New technologies offer boundless opportunities for us to increase the number of people serving communities, while budget-cutters in Congress threaten to end national service as we know it. At this critical moment, we need people in government, nonprofits and the private sector to help...

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Promoting American Values After the Boston Bombing

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Like so many, I have been profoundly impacted by the Boston bombing. I'm haunted by the fact that anyone would commit such horrible acts -- all the more so as it appears that at least one of the alleged perpetrators was a naturalized citizen and the other was on his...

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Will Left Sit Out Attacks on DC?

(13) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 1:21 PM

How is it possible for Republican leaders to take on the issues of gay marriage, crucial AIDS prevention programs and medical marijuana in a single day? By throwing their weight around in the District of Columbia.

It begins on the first day of the new Congress. We expect the...

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