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

Each of us lives with multiple identities that shape our experience of the world and how we are perceived. In my case, oppression and privilege intersect. It's not always easy to examine our privilege, but I have seen firsthand the danger of failing to see complex intersecting identities.
Since the Founding Fathers, we have not had any vertical innovation in democracy. We have run elections, voted and governed pretty much the same way for two centuries. But society has changed so much, so why hasn’t democracy changed with it?
We must find a place where we can acknowledge and uplift our differences. At the vigil New York, I saw acutely that the only way we can do this is by coming together, speaking with one another, listening to each other, and by holding space for our pain, grief, confusion, and pride.
The tragedy at Pulse, Orlando, is another reminder of the risks I, and so many of us, face just for being who we are. It is another reminder of how far we still have to go to truly achieve equality so that none of us have to live in fear. There's a lot of work to be done, but we know that by working together across divides we can truly make a difference.
The mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando has shaken the country and we are still grieving the lives that were lost. This tragedy has also had a disproportionate impact on LGBT people of color, who were targeted that night and who are too often the victims of hate crimes. This time, it was on a scale that the country couldn’t ignore.
Racism comes not only in the form of ugly words and actions, but in silence and in complacency. This is why it isn’t enough to raise our kids to simply not be racist. We have to foster anti-racism.
One way to approach reproductive health inequality is the Sojourner Syndrome: an intersectional approach that examines how racism, classism and gender operate in the lives of Black women produce increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and infant mortality. Here is one woman's story and how we can approach this issue to make real change.
What is civic engagement?  People solving problems and making the country work better. According to author Brian Aull, effective engagement is built on service, learning, and community. Here are three real-world examples of civic engagement that demonstrate these virtues.
Many of us speak of good intentions towards inclusivity and diversity. We truly believe and want equality of opportunity. But somewhere along the line we have conflated good intentions with a job well done. And it is killing us. Some of us, anyway.
When people think of “democracy,” what comes to mind most often is voting. This is certainly an important part of it, but democracy is something we as citizens should be connected to every day. Our "What does democracy mean to you?" campaign drew responses from people all over the U.S., and it also caught the attention of Adam Conkright, co-founder of Democracy In Practice, a nonprofit organization based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, dedicated to democratic innovation, experimentation, and capacity building. Check out what students in Bolivia are doing to make their visions of democracy a reality.

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