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Commentaries

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

I can’t quite remember at what age I realized I wasn’t “white.” As an ethnically ambiguous person I was often afforded white skin privilege. But passing as white did not make me immune to the offensive and outright racist comments that inevitably came up. As I navigate a world that is most assuredly not “post-racial,” I have begun to realize with a greater sense of clarity that we are writing the history books of our progeny today with our action and our inaction.
If you’ve ever organized or attended a community event like a town hall meeting, a meet and greet with your lawmaker or a public forum and were surprised that not many people showed up, you’re not alone. See why you might be encountering this problem, and what you can do about it.
For many of us, the notion of “democracy” is buried in school textbooks or is something that only happens once a year when we vote. We don’t often realize that we can change the status quo – we can define for ourselves what democracy means for us.
Many unanswered questions surround the death of Freddie Gray. What we do know is that people are crying out to have a voice, to make change.
Once again we find ourselves in this place – a place of tragedy, pain, outrage, frustration and confusion. We can and must act differently in our communities and in our public institutions.
Check out the most popular tools and tips from this past year, including key lessons for making change and worksheets to help you reach your goals.
In the wake of recent events, there has been a call for a new way of building relationships with the police. Leaders want to provide ways for people to have a voice, work across divides and establish equitable policing that is accountable to the community. Here are some strategies you can use to create positive change in community-police relations where you live.
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.

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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.