Everyday Democracy In the News

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.

Delaware Way
November 11, 2017

The YWCA  of Delaware’s Project Learn is a finalist for a national leadership award by Everyday Democracy. The winner will receive a $10,000 award, and be announced November 15th.

Daily Campus - UCONN
November 9, 2017

Confronting Racism Together: A Model Dialogue, was one of many events that took place on November 8th at the Konover auditorium at the University of Connecticut. Nine members of the UConn community – administrators, graduate students and professors alike –  responded to questions posed by facilitators, sharing experiences and honing in on specific issues.  Valeriano Ramos, Director of Strategic Alliances and Equity Officer at “Everyday Democracy,” co-facilitated the discussion.

Fair Lawn Patch
November 8, 2017

Nadia was selected as an honoree for the Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award for her work empowering the women of Paterson's Bangladeshi community. Nadia and other female city residents have formed a new grassroots organization called the Bangladeshi American Women's Development Initiative.

Newington Patch,
September 21, 2017

Secretary of State, Denise Merrill and Everyday Democracy Executive Director, Martha McCoy launched the State's Civic Ambassadors Initiative, inviting residents to lead and take part in community-based civic dialogue and action.

September 18, 2017

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Everyday Democracy Executive Director Martha McCoy, co-chairs of the Connecticut Civic Health Initiative, led the launch Monday of the Connecticut Civic Health Ambassador project, which will engage residents and students throughout the state in projects to improve their communities, and in recruiting others to become involved.

Identidad Latina,
September 14, 2017

Identidad Latina, one of the Latino newspapers in Connecticut, announces the Ct Civic Ambassadors press conference.,
May 17, 2017

Everyday Democracy’s Anchor Partner New Hampshire Listens hosted an interactive conference yesterday, for police and community members to learn from each other and build community bridges with a focus on current race relations and relations with immigrants. The event also served as a field test for Everyday Democracy’s upcoming community-police discussion guide.

April 25, 2017

StoryCorps and Indivisble asked listeners to volunteer to interview someone in their life they disagree with politically, the idea behind it being to “build social capital during a moment of incredible divide.” Cindy Brookshire was excited about taking part in this experiment because it reminded her of the study circles/neighborhood improvement circles she did in Virginia. Listen to her story at 48:47.

The Huffington Post,
February 18, 2017

Everyday Democracy Senior Associate Barbara Yasui shares her thoughts on Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced removal and incarceration of 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast, including her own parents.


Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources 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.