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Check out commentaries from Everyday Democracy staff, senior associates, and guest writers on current events and our main issue areas.

Stamford is a city of contrasts and divergences. It is a city in which you will find picturesque New England coastal residences as well as day laborers on highway ramps running toward vehicles in an attempt to earn a day’s wage. Eminent domain, urban revitalization, new immigrants and modernization are changing the dynamics and social fabric of Stamford. It is in this landscape of disparities that we launched a seven session dialogue series titled “Facing Racism in Stamford.”  
On June 6, 2019 a dozen Hartford-area residents gathered for a Tour and Talkback at the CT Historical Society to reflect on the Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow exhibit and the many related challenges we still face today. 
On April 26, 2019, Everyday Democracy hosted its 7th Stand Against Racism Day event in partnership with the YWCA of Greater Hartford. Entitled No Hate, No Fear: Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice, the event brought together Everyday Democracy staff members as well as representatives of some of the nonprofit organizations that are also part of the CT Nonprofit Alliance to address shared concerns about the racist, divisive, and hateful narrative that we hear almost every day about immigration and the so-called “crisis at the border.”
What I was learning was that even though I didn’t consciously consider white skin to be a marker of superiority, I nonetheless had been socialized to believe that was true AND I had spent much of my life acting in good-intentioned ways that nonetheless perpetuated that damaging myth.
On March 14th tens of thousands of students, possibly as many as a million, walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence.  
Recently I had the chance to spend time with an amazing group of participatory democracy activists and scholars
After the February 14, 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, courageous students who just endured the unthinkable are stepping up to create a movement for change and hold the adults accountable.
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing their critical role in U.S. history. For over 150 years, historically black colleges and universities — more commonly called HBCUs -- have undeniably affected how African Americans gain access to education and new levels of social and economic structures. HBCUs created what we know as the black middle class and culture of activism, civic participation and democratic discourse.
The writings of Martin Luther King continue to urge me to clearer sight and greater urgency on issues of racial justice.
For every one professional athlete, thousands of amateurs play pickup games in the spare time.  For every Broadway actor, hundreds take up theater as a hobby on a community stage. 

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