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About Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy supports organizing across the country by bringing diverse groups of people together, helping them structure and facilitate community dialogue on pressing issues, and training them to use a racial equity lens to understand longstanding problems and possible solutions. Our function is unique and unparalleled in the community engagement field:  helping people create the spaces where they can build skills to bring difficult topics to light and address them effectively over the long term.  Our work helps communities move conversation into action, and action into lasting positive change.

With over 30 years of experience helping hundreds of communities bring the voices and participation of all people to problem solving, Everyday Democracy has learned what works.  We also work with Anchor Partners throughout the country, to expand our impact and create a democracy movement. Everyday Democracy is a project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation.

 

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Get to know the staff members and senior associates who run the organization behind-the-scenes and who work directly with community members and partners.

Everyday Democracy staff and associates

 

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Ideas, News, and Announcements

See the latest of what’s happening with Everyday Democracy, commentary on current events, and announcements on new resources and opportunities.

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Everyday Democracy is a proud member of the CT Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race ("the Collaborative"), and we invite you to join us at the Collaborative's second annual Time to...
Happy Johnson and Arthur Johnson of New Orleans, La., were selected as the winners of the 2019 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award.
From July 31 - Aug 2, Everyday Democracy's Carolyne Abdullah, Gwen Whiting and Gwen Wright helped lead a training designed for police chiefs across the country who are members of the International...

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Our Projects and Partnerships

In addition to working one-on-one with communities, we also partner with other organizations on state, regional, and national initiatives. Here are some of our recent partnerships and initiatives we’ve been a part of:

 

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Everyday Democracy envisions a country in which neighborhoods, towns and cities routinely engage people across their community in dialogue and community change with an equity lens. Over the years, we have seen the power of coaching and training community coalitions, but there are limits to the direct assistance our staff and senior associates can provide. That is why we are starting to work with “anchor partners,” or intermediaries.

We are looking for partners whose principles are closely aligned with ours, and who wish to build and/or strengthen their own capacity to provide coaching and training on community engagement to local communities in their states, regions and issue areas. As we collaborate and work with these anchor partners, an even larger number of communities will strengthen their capacity to create, embed and sustain equity-driven community participation and problem solving.

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