Top 5 stories and tools for change in 2016

December 19, 2016

The Sojourner Syndrome: An intersectional approach to health inequality

The author, Shannon Shird, with her partner AlexisOne 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.


Raising white allies: Redefining "us"

Legs of children standing in a circleRacism 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.



Civic Engagement Lesson Plan (Parts 1 and 2)

Civic health lesson plans parts 1 and 2This lesson plan is an introduction to "civic health" and its connection to "great citizenship." It helps students learn about how ordinary citizens participate in the public arena by volunteering, voting, donating, working with neighbors and public officials, learning about and engaging on issues, attending public events and hearings, etc.




When privilege and oppression intersect

Two people walking and biking on a sidewalkWe all live 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 recognize complex intersecting identities.




Civic engagement: Three examples where citizens had the say

Map of CaliforniaWhat 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.

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Dialogue to Change

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.