Civic Engagement

CT Ballot Measures Explained at Voters Forum in Hartford - with Keynoter, Virginia Kase, CEO the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

The Connecticut ballot measures relating to the  CT Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment and Connecticut Legislative Requirements to Transfer State Properties Amendment were explained at this Hartford event hosted by the Center for Latino Progress, Hartford Vota Coalition, The C.T. and U.S. League of Women Voters, Everyday Democracy and the CT Ambassador's Initiative.

Everyday Democracy Anchor Partner Wins Distinguished CIVVY Award

There was a lot of recognition for the work being done to strengthen democracy at this October’s annual National Conference on Citizenship in Washington DC.  One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of InterFaith Works El Hindi Center for Dialogue,  Syracuse, NY as a 2018 recipient of the esteemed CIVVY award in the category of “local” organizations. 

First Annual Connecticut Civic Summit

As people throughout the state and country lose faith in public institutions, it is more important than ever to engage residents with each other and with their government. That is why Everyday Democracy, in partnership with Secretary of the State The Honorable Denise Merrill, launched the Connecticut Civic Ambassadors Initiative in September this year.  CT Civic Ambassadors are catalysts for civic action in Connecticut toward creating stronger civic health and REAL socioeconomic benefits both in terms of social capital and community well-being.

Everyday Democracy’s Work Highlighted at National Conference on Citizenship Annual Gathering

While our nation’s civic fabric has frayed, the backbone of our country—its people—has demonstrated a resilience in community that has inspired powerful change. On October 19-20, civic engagement leaders, practitioners, students, and community members got together for  the National Conference on Citizenship’s annual gathering in Washington D.C. to demonstrate their commitment to civic health, community renewal and a path forward in addressing challenges that face our nation.

Everyday Democracy Anchor Partner Wins Regional Civvy Award

New Hampshire Listens – a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, and an Everyday Democracy Anchor Partner, has received an American Civic Collaboration Award, (known as Civvy Award), for its efforts to strengthen communities. The winners were announced at the National Conference on Citizenship’s Annual Conference, October 19-20 in Washington, DC.

Civic Ambassador Program Launches: Engaging Students and Residents Throughout the State

CT Civic Ambassadors will be the messengers of the importance of civic education and engagement by Connecticut residents and the catalysts for civic action that can lead to stronger civic health and REAL socioeconomic benefits, in terms of social capital and community well-being. Speakers will share their experiences of engagement in civic work in their communities, and partners will share how to best access resources.

Practicing civic courage in our time

It takes civic courage and skill to build a welcoming public space where people of all backgrounds and views can share honestly and listen deeply, especially in the face of so much division. It takes courage to take part in dialogue, to sit down with others, especially when messages of distrust and fear bombard us daily. And it takes courage for elected leaders at all levels to sit down with everyday people and commit to listening to them.  






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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.