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Racial Equity

Dialogue, Diversity, Progress and 40 New Connecticut Civic Ambassadors

What better way to spend the day, Saturday, December 2nd  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?  

On a sunny day with day with a New England chill in the air, 75 Connecticut residents gathered for the first annual Connecticut Civic Ambassadors Summit at the Hartford Public Library to celebrate our public life and find ways to improve it.

Leadership in Democracy Award is Announced

Great civic engagement.  Building media literacy skills in youth, with a racial equity lens.  Applying journalistic integrity to its advocacy and racial equity work. These are all reasons that Generation Justice, a New Mexico non-profit established in 2005, was selected as the winner of Everyday Democracy’s first annual Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award.  After considering more than 80 nominations from around the country, Everyday Democracy announced four finalists last week, and Generation Justice rose to the top and will receive a $10,000 cash award to further its mission and vision.

 

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.

'Goodness' is not a miracle cure for racism

There was a time I liked to think of myself as a good person. Like most “good people” if you had asked me if I was racist I would have answered with a resounding “Of course not!” But I have come to learn it’s not that simple. Growing up as a mixed brown and white woman in a mostly white suburb I was used to being on the lookout for micro-aggressions and outright hostility. What evaded me was the idea that I could be continuing the cycle of racism. “I’m brown, so obviously I’m not racist” was a favorite refrain.

One community’s journey from a small local dialogue to becoming a national partner

Public engagement isn’t always easy, but it’s a necessary part of making communities work for everyone. For the last 16 years, residents in Palm Beach County, Fla., have been using Everyday Democracy’s dialogue-to-change process to work on issues of race, early childhood education, and building strong neighborhoods.

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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.