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Civic Engagement

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 10.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

Making the Internet Work for Democracy

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 10.01.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

Political space -- the time and interest of elected leaders -- is not guaranteed to last. We need to make the benefits of an Internet-connected society more visible and permanent.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Why I Can't Watch the Video of the NYPD Murdering Eric Garner

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.19.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Taxpayer-funded hate crimes, like the murder of Eric Garner, is particularly traumatizing to blacks who are already distrustful of police.

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.

Why Philadelphia Is Ground Zero for Problems and Opportunity

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

From its cash-strapped school district and embattled police department, to its eye-popping poverty and unemployment rates, Philly presents real challenges and opportunities for those bold active citizens who dare to engage and transform the system.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

Bloomberg: 'People Care About Services, Not Ideologies'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 06.25.2014 | Home

As a former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg knows what challenges cities have to face today and how to respond to them. He told Max Tholl wh...

Engaging Youth Is Key to Their Success and Ours

Mark Edwards | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Where you live, what you can do and whom you know have always mattered when it comes to moving up the economic and social ladder. Fair or not, geography, ability and influence have long affected how far many Americans get in life.

Civic Engagement: Why Millennials Have Outpaced Seniors

Tom Spengler | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Tom Spengler

Gen Y has already started paving the way for civic engagement in a way we've never experienced before. The Millennials Civic Health Index found that not only does this generation vote in large numbers, but their volunteering and community service rates are much higher than those in the 1970s and '80s.

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

Junior State of America: 80 Years Strong

Tara Fass | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Tara Fass

It's summer and you're a high school student, and you want to supplement your civics education. What to do? How about a three week college preparatory class taught by a college professor in Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, making you eligible to sit for the AP exam the following Spring?

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

The Lies We Tell Black Boys and the Truth They Deserve to Hear

Christopher Norris | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

We need to stop teaching our black boys how to survive in a world not designed for them, and instead show them how to design a world that will allow them to thrive as individuals.

Reducing Gun Violence Isn't a Lost Cause

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

I've seen real people have reasonable conversations about guns in America. I've even seen people who support gun ownership agree with those who don't,...

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

Can Business Help Bring Civic Engagement to Scale?

Michael Brown | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Michael Brown

The spirit of young people, their idealism and desire to serve have been a source of inspiration since I co-founded City Year 25 years ago.

Harnessing Government Technology for Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

It's no surprise that technology has changed how people interact and redefined our notion of community. What you may not know is the extent to which g...

The Special Obligations of Tenured Faculty

Joseph Urgo | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Joseph Urgo

What are the "special obligations" of tenured faculty members? What obligation flows from a special position of privileged, protected speech?

Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.21.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Democrats must make deeper investments in mobilizing Hispanic voters in Texas and give them something to vote for, not just against.

From Ideas to Action: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity

Ben Hecht | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

By accelerating the ability of cities to adapt and grow, we will accelerate our nation's economic growth and competitiveness.

Civic Engagement is an Essential Element of a College Education

Bobby Fong | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
Bobby Fong

As college students mark spring break with fun in the sun, a group of Ursinus College students in the Bonner leaders program are building houses in ra...

The New College Button: Question Assholes

Tom Hayes | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Tom Hayes

Social media has spawned a new breed of ugly citizen who makes outrageous noise because it gets attention -- and attention is the oxygen of the Internet.

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

Irv Katz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. Wh...