Everyday Democracy Strengthening Democracy with New Nationwide Network "Anchor" Partner in Indiana

June 16, 2020

HARTFORD, CT – Everyday Democracy, a national organization that supports dialogue and community change to advance a more authentic, equitable, and participatory democracy, is pleased to announce its newest “Anchor Partner”– Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center Inc. – Indianapolis, In. 
Everyday Democracy Anchor Partners are leaders in addressing structural racism, engaging all different kinds of people in public dialogue, and linking dialogue to action and positive change. These partnerships advance effective work in communities working toward a vision of authentic democracy – one that values everyone’s voice and participation, and that works for all people.  


Since 1993, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center has been a strong, effective civic leader across its diverse, vibrant city. It has hosted neighborhood events and conversations, conducted workshops in neighborhood development and civic engagement, and connected residents to resources. Through its Public Allies program, Community Building Institute, Neighbor Power events, creative placemaking and other initiatives, the Indianapolis community benefits from this small but mighty team of seven, whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of neighborhood organizations and their neighbors to mobilize existing assets, support grassroots leadership and foster collaboration.

Valeriano Ramos, Director of Strategic Alliances at Everyday Democracy, explains the national significance of this new partnership in this way: “Anchor partners help build a civic infrastructure for equitable, democratic change in our country. We learn from them and they learn from us and each other about ways to strengthen leadership and supports for authentic community participation for equitable problem-solving and decision-making.”

“We are thrilled that the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center has joined our nationwide network of anchor partners,” said Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy’s Executive Director at a “virtual signing” of the Anchor Partner agreement June 15th (see photo to the below).  “INRC does so much to build and sustain civic infrastructure in its region, and they’re joining a network of others doing that critical work in other states and regions. During this time of movement for racial justice in our country, it’s vital for civic leaders to gain energy, lessons and inspiration from each other. Working together, we can expand, diversify and nurture leadership for participatory democracy through the lens of racial equity.  That is a fundamental need of all communities across this country.”

Representatives from Everyday Democracy and INRC virtually sign the MOU with Everyday Democracy Executive Director Martha McCoy (top row, third photo) and INRC Executive Director, Anne-Marie Taylor (third row, third photo)

Anne-Marie Taylor, INRC’s Executive Director noted, “For 26 years, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) has been building community in central Indiana. INRC shares Everyday Democracy’s conviction that neighbors are the core of sustainable community development, and share our commitment to engaging neighbors in authentic dialogue to explore issues, and connecting that dialogue with action to bring about lasting change.

For over nearly two decades, INRC has benefited from Everyday Democracy’s coaching, research, best practices and resources to support our work in implementing programs and engaging neighbors. We are especially inspired by Everyday Democracy’s focus on structural racism and recognition of its impact on all issues that neighbors and neighborhoods face. We appreciate the tools and support that Everyday Democracy offers to create space for conversation, understand longstanding challenges, and collectively craft community-led solutions.”

The new Anchor Partnership agreement will both strengthen the work being done in Indianapolis through technical assistance and capacity building as well as provide value for the entire Everyday Democracy Anchor Partner network through the ongoing sharing of best practices and lessons learned.

“What makes the INRC unique is that they value the wisdom, skills, and knowledge that local residents have,” says Valeriano Ramos, “and they work with the community, not for them. That is what will make them such a good Anchor Partner and asset to the other Anchor Partners in our network.”

The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center joins a distinguished list of Anchor Partners that are making a difference in their respective regions.  

Other Anchor Partners include: 

1.    FL - Community Partners of West Palm Beach
2.    MT - Montana State University Extension - Community Development – Bozeman
3.    NH - New Hampshire Listens
4.    NY - InterFaith Works of Central NY, Syracuse
5.    OH - Project Ujima
6.    OK - Oklahoma State University – Tulsa
7.    SD – South Dakota State University Extension – Community Development – Brookings 
8.    WV - West Virginia Center for Civic Life  

During the ZOOM virtual MOU signing, Anne-Marie Taylor noted, “We are excited to join in this national network of partners, and we look forward to working with Everyday Democracy and our fellow anchor partners who share our vision of strengthening our neighborhoods and cities by co-creating community-designed solutions.”

If you know of an organization or institution that may be interested in becoming an Everyday Democracy Anchor Partner, contact Valeriano Ramos at: or call 860-727-5917.


Indianapolis Resource Center (INRC)
The Indianapolis Resource Center (INRC), through facilitation, training and coaching, strengthens the capacity of neighborhood-based organization and neighbors to mobilize existing assets, support grassroots leadership and foster collaboration. Since its inception in 1993, INRC has facilitated training, coaching and capacity building support, supporting neighbors and partners as they work together to enhance their neighborhoods, leading to an even stronger Indianapolis. More information is at  

Everyday Democracy 
Everyday Democracy supports organizing across the country by bringing together diverse groups of people, helping them structure and facilitate community dialogue on pressing issues, training them to use a racial equity lens to understand longstanding problems, and supporting them as they work together to generate and implement equitable solutions.  Since its inception, Everyday Democracy, based in Hartford, CT, has worked with more than 600 communities by providing advice, training, tools and resources. It also partners with national and local organizations to help build equitable, participatory democracy at every level of society, to strengthen the field of dialogue and deliberation and promote a stronger, more equitable democracy. More information is at


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