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

With our democracy in crisis, our field is engaging in more collaborative efforts and in more pointed and urgent conversations about how to have a systemic impact. In this reflection, I offer a few brief suggestions about what we as a field need to do in order to have a fighting chance of improving the state of our democracy.
As we move forward on this journey towards building an equitable democracy, it’s important to remember those who have helped build the foundation we stand on. We celebrate the life of Maya Angelou, an influential icon in both the art and civil rights world. She has had a profound impact on our country’s journey and on Everyday Democracy’s path as an organization.
Over the past 25 years, our tools and resources have been shaped by partnerships with formal and informal community leaders like you. Many of these lessons we have learned are captured in our resources and advice. Check out 10 of our “readers’ favorites” of the recent past.
What does it take to create community change and improve democracy? Early on, we decided to address the issue of racism head-on as we worked with and learned from community groups. Twenty-five years after we began this journey we are still learning, but at this milestone we want to highlight some key lessons from along the way.
Within three years of our founding, we had decided to address the issue of racism head-on as we worked with and learned from community groups.  Our 25-year journey has led us to deep collaboration with community partners of every ethnic background, in every region of the country, on many different issues. Here are some highlights from our history that have made an impact in our journey to address racism.
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King received a call that would not only significantly change his view for the struggle for full citizenship, but expand his struggle from domestic to international and from American to a world view. Shortly after, the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were the beginning of the end of blatant, legalized racism. While other movements would challenge inequities in the following decades, America has yet to end racism or any other “ism.”
From meetings at the state or local level to events of everyday life, many African-Americans say their experiences in New Mexico make them feel invisible and insignificant. The question is, “How do we change as a community, so the process of being seen for who we are is accepted?"
In the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the world has lost a hero and noble soul whose fight for freedom and justice serves as a powerful reminder of how commitment to one’s ideals can and do change the world.
Sarah Pino holds a commitment to honor her ancestors as she navigates a complicated world. At Zia Pueblo, the culture has remained stronger than attempts to strip it bare, and Pino sees her work reflecting that resiliency.
Too often young people do not have a voice in decisions that affect them. Let's develop strategies to create a more inclusive community by implementing meaningful ways for young people to have a voice in community decision-making.

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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.