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Civic Engagement

The Need for Progressive Voices

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

In 1961, President Kennedy's Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Newton Minow described television as "a vast wasteland." Perhaps nothing demonstrates that better these days than the rise of Donald J. Trump as a presidential candidate.

Why Congress Should Co-Work

John W. McCarthy | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
John W. McCarthy

Both Congress and the tech community can learn a thing or two from each other. Taking a page from innovative industries can radically transform the way elected officials represent their constituencies and change the way policy gets made.

Breaking Through Power: Historic Civil Mobilization Now

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Breaking through power means securing long-overdue democratic solutions made possible by a new muscular civic nexus connecting local communities and Washington, D.C.

In Honor of Stamford's 375th Anniversary - Many Faiths, One Community, Stamford Proud

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I would first like to thank Mayor Martin, Sandy Goldstein, Monsignor Digiovanni and my fellow clergy for your leadership in organizing this historic and important event in our city. We are truly grateful for this gathering of Many Faiths, One Community and Stamford Proud.

Putting the 'U' in Civic Engagement

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Education
Dr. Chris Howard

Those of us who work in higher education believe that instilling in our students that sense of civic duty is a critical part of our mission and essential to their well-being. Our students want to serve their communities and we need to give them opportunities to do so.

All Generations Benefit From PIE in Schools

Donna M. Butts | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

With people living longer, the numbers of grandparents are at an all-time high. And more children are living in single parent families in need of those older relatives. Yet schools, day care centers, youth programs and recreation centers often overlook grandparents.

Should We Talk Politics on Facebook?

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Psyched in San Francisco

"Your political Facebook posts are classless," my colleague was informed. Her sin? She had dared go where many had failed before her, leaving smoldering embers of Facebook friendliness behind.

Millennials Paving The Way: Erin Schrode, 24, And Running For Congress

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Yasamin Beitollahi

This is the fourth post in my series, Millennials Paving The Way, highlighting today's brightest Millennials who are empowering future generations to ...

What's Your Civic Life? Why Does It Matter?

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Alan D. Solomont

Civic engagement necessarily encompasses a spectrum of activities. It may take the form of direct community service that is informed by the root causes of social inequity. It may include activism, dissent, and protest; political action and campaigns; community organizing; non-profit work; issue advocacy; or public service at all levels of government.

Arizona and North Carolina Election Day Debacles Make Case for Restoring the Voting Rights Act

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.03.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If Congress needed any more evidence to suggest that the Voting Rights Act must be restored, they got it in the Arizona and North Carolina elections. What happened in these states underscores the destructive nature of the Supreme Court's decision to gut the VRA three years ago.

How to Seize Power (for a Good Cause)

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Students ask me all the time how to seize power. Some put it that candidly. So many young people yearn for civic engagement. They are anything but apathetic. Their aspiration is greater than themselves. It summons support.

Civility Is a National Security Issue

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

How can democracy best endure through rough times? Whether online or off, civil communication is vital for democratic resilience.

Scaling Impact Investing: The Role of Institutional Investor Capital

Javier Saade | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Javier Saade

Impact investing continues to gain momentum in the U.S. and abroad, but scaling it has proven difficult.  The fact that momentum has not translated i...

If History Repeats Itself, Who Is Bernie Sanders?

Mark Schmanko | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Mark Schmanko

However the nomination trajectory unfolds, Bernie's dynamic influence has only just begun in terms of future potentials of revamping and empowering American democracy and civic life.

How Can Universities Encourage Young People to Vote?

The Conversation US | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Research shows that campaigns that directly contact young people boost youth turnout. Knocking on young people's doors to talk about an election increases their turnout by about 25 percent.

Me, The People

Brian Ross | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Brian Ross

E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. That motto on our currency used to mean something before the advent of Me, the People. In 21st century America, Lady Liberty is a narcissist.

Citizenship Exploited: Lessons from the Oregon Occupation

Frank Islam | Posted 03.03.2016 | Impact
Frank Islam

For 41 days, the Oregon occupiers laid claim to and established temporary residence in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) - a federal facil...

A Letter to John Kasich from the Future (Generation)

Andrew Plotch | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Andrew Plotch

A politician, of any level, should aim to get young people more involved in politics. Yet, here I was, watching my friend laughed at by a sitting governor, and presidential candidate, for studying political science.

Educating for Democracy: Weighing the Balance

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.20.2016 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

What we must face is the fact that the "American dream" is no longer a viable promise to our young people and that they, and the rest of us, must find a way to adjust to the new realities of a more frugal life for the overwhelming majority.

The TIF Illumination Project at Three

Tom Tresser | Posted 02.12.2016 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

On February 12 of 2013, the night of the State of the Union, a town meeting was held at the Chopin Theater in Chicago's Near West Side. The subject wa...

Identity and the Future of America

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are more worried and anxious about the future than ever. Sure, every generation seems to think, for one reason or another, that the place is going to hell in a hand basket. This time, it appears to be a unique convergence of a number of things.

It's Your Money. Where's Your Say?

Larry Schooler | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

In our private lives, we have quite a bit of say over how we spend our money. Granted, an employer or client ultimately decides whether and what amount to pay us, but if we want to spend more on a house than on vacations, or more on our children's education than on dining out, that's our decision.

Against Political Saviors -- Government as Empowering Partner

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

Expanding government benefits of health and education is one thing. But we need to develop ideas that illustrate government "by" the people, not only "for" the people. How can we recover the idea that everyday citizens are supposed to be in charge, producers not only consumers, and government can be an empowering partner?

What Every American Should Know

Aspen Institute | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Aspen Institute

Americans, both new and old, are faced with a challenge. We must make a common culture that mirrors our new America -- an America where "us" is no longer "white" by default, where the population has never been more diverse, where our role in the world is shifting rapidly.

Unlocking Latino Civic Potential

Monica Lozano | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Monica Lozano

Republican candidates tend to ignore or actively incite fear of the growing Latino community. But Democrats also do a poor job of turning out Latinos in high numbers and, when in office, are unable to deliver on priority issues for the Latino community. Low voter turnout is a symptom of civic disengagement by Latinos in American society.