Everyday Democracy In the News

WNPR - Public Radio
November 17, 2018

Criminal justice reform advocates are trying to spark a larger conversation regarding the role race and poverty play in mass incarceration. In Hartford recently, a dialogue took place between lawyers, community stakeholders and rehabilitated offenders. 


The New York Times
November 8, 2018

Everyday Democracy is listed as an organization that support civil dialogue, in this insightful Opinion article by David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports reporting about responses to social problems.

The Non Profit Times
October 24, 2018

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago is adding $22 million in grants through its Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The new funding will support 12 new cities and counties working to reduce incarceration and 13 sites already part of the growing national movement. Everyday Democracy was one of the organizations selected to provide technical assistance and counsel.

The News and Advance, Lynchburg, VA
October 22, 2018

Several engaged residents in the Poverty to Progress initiative in Lynchburg, VA have made strides toward the goals they set forth earlier this year that included Everyday Democracy support for curriculum to hold small group dialogues.

WNPR - Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe (CT)
October 16, 2018

Live From Watkinson: Examining Our Furious Political Discourse - WNPR Podcast

Common wisdom says that once you walk downstairs to the place where the sizes of candidates’ body parts are fodder for discussion, where one presidential nominee calls another “such a nasty woman” in a debate, where middle-finger salutes at the working press become commonplace at presidential rallies, you never go back up those stairs.

On the eve of a midterm, we want to talk about whether that’s true and whether the 2018 political ecosystem caught the coarseness virus from 2016. And how do we get back up those stairs? How do we bleed some of the anger and vulgarity out of our political discourse?

WNPR - Where We Live (CT)
October 15, 2018

Engaging Voters At An Earlier Age; Who Is Ebenezer Bassett?  - WNPR Podcast

The second half of this podcast focuses on trends in U.S. civics education and engagement. Are children who are exposed to the topic earlier more likely to develop into engaged voters?  Hear about the many ways the Connecticut Civic Health Project is helping to increase civic engagement throughout the state.

Univision - El Show de Analeh
July 18, 2018

This Spanish language video is part of a Civic Engagement Educational Series produced by El Show de Analeh and focuses on the importance of your vote during the 2018 elections and cybersecurity. Everyday Democracy's Valeriano Ramos is featured and promotes a new Civic Ambassador program in Connecticut that helps individuals become more civic-minded in their communities. The Civic Engagement series is presented by Capital Community College and the San Juan Center, thanks to the support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.    

Hartford Magazine
June 29, 2018

Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy's Executive Director, was featured in Hartford Magazine's "Greater Hartford Players" section celebrating citizenship and civic responsibility.

Fairfield Countys' Community Foundation and Norwalk Hour
May 31, 2018

Everyday Democracy's Val Ramos participated in a panel discussion focusing on Cross-Collaboration and Advocacy.  The event was also featured in the Norwalk Hour.


Delaware Way
May 30, 2018

YWCA Delaware is one of Everyday Democracy’s most enduring partners, and is being honored as a Civic Change Champion for its past, current and future impact and work using dialogue to bring diverse people together for problem solving and to promote racial equity.  Before being named a finalist for Everyday Democracy’s 2017 Paul J. Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award, the YWCA used Study Circles to bring thousands of people together to discuss racism and other issues throughout the 1990s and 2000s. It now plans to continue and expand its LEARN network and to bring back Study Circles/Dialogue to Change this fall.

Connecticut by the Numbers
April 24, 2018

"My colleagues and I have worked on civic education for several decades, but I’ve never seen such an upsurge of interest as we’ve observed during the past year. Demands for more and better civics are not only coming from critics of the Trump administration who are concerned about a perceived erosion of constitutional principles. There’s also alarm across the political spectrum about polarization: Americans believe different facts, hold different opinions, and dislike their fellow citizens who disagree with them. 'Fake news' is also a widely-shared concern, even though we debate what is 'fake.' "

CT by the Numbers
February 17, 2018

Most students learn the mechanics of the political system in order to demonstrate knowledge on a test, but few develop habits of following the news out of interest and commitment. If a 50-year-old doesn’t know who was nominated for Vice President, it isn’t because we failed to teach social studies. It’s because the adult never became interested enough to keep up. Read more to find out what you can do about it.

CT By the Numbers - Perspective
January 31, 2018

What better way to spend the day than with a broad diversity of people from across Connecticut who want to make our towns, cities and state even greater places to live – who are working to create inclusive communities and make a difference on the issues we face.
November 29, 2017

The Sandhills Cooperation Association is a community-based nonprofit in Western South Pines, NC, that can help an area prosper by working cooperatively with the assets at hand. They initiated a Dialogue to Change process designed to guide residents through their own community-empowerment projects.

November 21, 2017

Syracuse Channel 9’s story on Interfaith Works of Central New York captures the responses and outcomes of a recent dialogue. Interfaith Works is an Anchor Partner of Everyday Democracy and uses our Dialogue to Change engagement approach.


Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.