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LWV/NICD Resources for Building a Connected, Resilient, Informed Democracy

Network News  
Distributed to Members of the LWV/NICD Network spanning 42 states on the 1st/3rd Saturdays of the month 
        May 7, 2022                                                                                                                        Issue 16 • Winter/Spring 2022 
 

 

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Dear Members of the LWV/NICD Network, 

 

League activities will reach a mid-year crescendo next month, between the primary elections underway in many places and the annual meetings of local and state Leagues and the LWVUS convention in Denver - June 23-26, 2022.  If you’re tired, or excited to be with other Leaguers, it’s understandable. You’ve worked hard all year long. If you’re also feeling anxious, sad or unsettled, that’s understandable, as well. It continues to be an extremely important, historic and challenging time with daily upheaval of global news and the possible upending of norms and laws.  Thought leaders among us look for instructive historical parallels to guide our path forward.  

 

Though it’s been a time of ups and downs, there is reason for hope. Talk is turning to action. 

 

  • People across the country - and throughout the world – are coming together in small discussion groups and larger coalitions/worldwide partnerships to fight for democracy, to resist authoritarianism, to fight for voting rights, and civil rights, and economic rights for all people.  Last week with America Talks, hundreds of groups hosted conversations and events engaging thousands of everyday Americans through Citizen Connect
  • Journalists, librarians, national security experts and civic/thought leaders recognize the security threat to our democracy caused by intentional disinformation campaigns and they are sounding the alarm.  Even better, they are teaching us to recognize disinformation while providing us with the tools to resist the onslaught. Here’s a link to How Conspiracy Theories Capture the Mind – and to Disinformation and the Subversion of Elections - two of the breakout sessions at the Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy conference held April 4-6, 2022 (access to all panels is available at the conference link.) 
  • Established nonprofits are developing roadmaps for participants to engage with their elected officials in positive communication about/resolution to community problems. For example, Braver Angels’ new initiative, Braver Politics, has developed online coursework entitled Managing Difficult conversations with Constituents and Colleagues. And, more guidelines are in development to move us from division/polarization to productive conversation/action to ensure a thriving democracy. 
  • A thriving democracy requires the engagement of active, informed people across generations and life experiences – those who vote and those who serve their communities/their country in many ways. Civic leaders recognize that the lack of civic education has left us without the understanding or tools needed for strong civic muscles. Institutions are moving to fill the void. Hundreds of history museums across the country, in partnership with the next generation, are launching a new tradition, a Civic Season between Juneteenth and July 4th, to make room for all of our stories – and write the next chapter together in our democracy. Programs/materials for educators can be found at Educating for American Democracy, the National Constitution Center here’s a samplethe News Literacy Project in their weekly guide for teachers The Sift,C-SPAN and many more. 
  • Finally, there is The Building Civic Bridges Act, introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA) with support from members of the Bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to address polarization and division in the country.  

     
Upcoming Events (times/time zones indicated are those of the hosting organization):
May 9, 2022
Monday
8pm (Eastern)
We the People’s Forum: Does One Size Fit All for Addressing Homelessness?Sponsored by Braver Angels. How can we arrive at a solution to this issue – should we take a one size fits all approach or should we adopt many different approaches? The issue of homelessness will be explored with a politically diverse panel – some who have been homeless and some who work on housing issues.
May 10, 2022
Tuesday
12pm (Eastern)
Rights, Regulations, and the Modern Administrative State.Sponsored by theNational Constitution Center|America’s Town Hallseries. From lawsuits over the federal government’s vaccine mandates or the EPA’s regulation of carbon emissions, the Supreme Court is debating Constitutional scope more than any time since the New Deal. Featuring Lisa Heinzerling of Georgetown Law; Ilan Wurman of Arizona State Univ. Law; and William Novak, author; and, moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.
May 10, 2022
Tuesday
3pm (Eastern)
Civic Language Perceptions Project.Sponsored byPhilanthropy for Active Civic Engagement(PACE.) Seeks to understand people’s perceptions of the language associated with civic engagement and democracy work. PACE conducted a survey of 5,000 people nationally. These ‘deep dives’ into the data will focus on various elements over the next months.This ‘deep dive’ topic isPolitical Party and Ideology.
May 11, 2022
Wednesday
9am-3pm (Eastern)
Global Democracy Champions Summit.Sponsored by theSNF Agora Instituteat Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration withKeseb, a nonprofit, nonpartisan global organization. The forum creates an opportunity to hear from the democracy champions around the world who are working to turn on the tide on authoritarianism to uplift compelling ideas and share insights.
May 11, 2022
Wednesday
7pm (Eastern)
Civically Speaking:Achieving Multiracial Democracy.Sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Can we achieve a true multiracial democracy without first achieving racial justice? Featuring Megan Ming Francis, Prof. of Political Science at the University of Washington; Nse Ufot, CEO of theNew Georgia Project; and Guy-Uriel Charles, Prof. of Law at Harvard Law School.
May 11, 2022
Wednesday
7pm (Central)
Why We Should Abolish the Electoral College.Sponsored by the LWV of Naperville (IL.) LWVIL Issues specialists will talk about the case for abolishing the Electoral College.
May 12, 2022
Thursday
2pm (Eastern)
Learning in Action:Help Us Explore Voter Education with ActiVote.Sponsored by theNational Conference on Citizenship. This collaborative session with ActiVote, a dynamic voter education tool, will demonstrate how to elevate voter turnout and active citizenship, how daily civic activities build civic habits, and what best supports voter outreach programs.
May 13, 2022
Friday
1pm (Eastern)
Scholar Exchange: The Second Amendment.Sponsored by theNational Constitution Center| Educator Series, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Featuring attorney Clark Neily, Senior VP for criminal justice at the Cato Institute, who will discuss the second amendment and its protection of the right to keep and bear arms.
May 16, 2022
Monday
6pm (Pacific)
Francis Fukuyama:Liberalism and Its Discontents.Sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California, in collaboration with the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future.Featuring political scientist Dr.Francis Fukuyama, in conversation with The Bulwark’s Tim Miller. The battle between autocracy and classic liberalism continues to shape global relations. Fukuyama proposes a bold new defense of classical liberalism. By failing to do so, he contends America’s civil society will continue to fragment and influence global pushback on democracy itself.
May 17-18, 2022
Tues-Wednesday
8:45am (Mtn)
both days
Empowering Native Voices:Traditional & Indigenous Medicine.Sponsored byWhole Health Strategies: Integrating Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice, and Indigenous Culture for American Indians and Alaska Natives and a number of collaborating co-sponsors. A virtual conference spanning 1 ½ days, sponsored by several institutions. This event is free and open to all.
May 17, 2022
Tuesday
12pm (Eastern)
Bridging Divides in America.Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences | AnOur Common PurposeEvent.70% of Americans think that we’ve become so polarized we can’t solve major issues. You are invited to join members of Congress, leaders in national security and experts in bringing people together to discuss what’s at stake and to share promising solutions.
May 18, 2022
Wednesday
3pm (Eastern)
LWVUS SCOTUS Review.Learn what the Supreme Court has been up to and what is upcoming on their docket.
May 18, 2022
Wednesday
6:30pm (Eastern)
The Constitution as Amended:Article V and a walking tour of America’s 27 Constitutional Amendments.Sponsored by theNational Constitution Center| Educator Series, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. This session will explore the amendment process, as outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution – why it was included; what’s been amended; and the circumstances necessary to add a new amendment.
May 18, 2022
Wednesday
7pm (Eastern)
Saving Grace:Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts.Braver Angels book discussion with author Kirsten Powers, whose book focuses on engaging with people who hold opposing views without sacrificing our values/beliefs important to us.
May 19, 2022
Thursday
4pm (Pacific)
Making Democracy Work:Tools for Finding the Facts.Sponsored by the LWV of Diablo Valley, LWV of West Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Library, and CCTV (CA.) There are so many news/social media outlets filling our air waves with information every day, it’s hard to keep up. When casting a ballot, it’s important for voters to have thetoolsthey need to make their decisionsbased onfacts. Featuring an expert panel to help sort it out: Joel Breakstone, Stanford History Education Group; Tommy Gong, Contra Costa Deputy County Clerk; and Erik Berman, Alameda County Library, Coordinator of Services for Young Adults; moderated by Susan Hildreth, librarian, educator and administrator.
May 24, 2022
Tuesday
12pm (Eastern)
The United Kingdom and the United States:A Constitutional Dialogue.Sponsored by theNational Constitution Center|America’s Town Hallseries. Both countries have influenced each other’s constitutional and political structures over time, from COVID to rising threats to democracy around the world. Featuring Nicholas Cole of the University of Oxford; and Alison Lacroix of the University of Chicago Law School; moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.
May 26, 2022
Thursday
3pm (Eastern)
Civic Language Perceptions Project.Sponsored byPhilanthropy for Active Civic Engagement(PACE.) Seeks to understand people’s perceptions of the language associated with civic engagement and democracy work. PACE conducted a survey of 5,000 people nationally. These ‘deep dives’ into the data will focus on various elements over the next months.This ‘deep dive’ topic isRace.

 

Planning Ahead (times/time zones indicated are those of the hosting organization):
June 12, 2022
Sunday
2pm (Eastern)
Civic Season Kick Off Party- food, games, voter registration with Michelle Obama’s civic youth voter reg projectWhen We All Vote.Join history museums and young Americans nationwide between Juneteenth and July 4thin this civic celebration to make space for more stories from the past, more voices from the present, and more input on what an annual tradition for civic participation could look like.

 

June 15, 2022
Wednesday
3pm (Eastern)
Civic Language Perceptions Project.Sponsored byPhilanthropy for Active Civic Engagement(PACE.) Seeks to understand people’s perceptions of the language associated with civic engagement and democracy work. PACE conducted a survey of 5,000 people nationally. These ‘deep dives’ into the data will focus on various elements over the next months.This ‘deep dive’ topic isGender.
June 23-26, 2022
LWVUS 2022 National Convention in Denver, CO | Women Power Democracy.
Save the dates/times for two Network Convention Caucuses(updates to follow):
  • June 24, 2022, Friday,8:30am (Mountain)|Building Civic Capacity in a Time of Disinformation and Disruption
  • June 25, 2022, Saturday,8am (Mountain)|How do we move from ‘Usvs.Them’ to ‘MeandYou’?

 

Resources to Help You… Dig Deeper | Further Your Understanding

 

 

Civic Engagement | Public Policy

 

 

Civics Education | Students/Adults

 

 

Deepening Foundational Understanding

 

Elections | Election Security | Voting Rights

 

Media Literacy | Combatting Mis-/Disinformation

 

 

Repairing Divisions

 

 

 

For the Members of the Planning Team:  
Bob Barrett (CA), Martha Cox (CA), Cheryl Graeve (MD), Barbara Laimins (IL), Joan Porte (VA), Brian Post (WI), Marieann Shovlin (CA) 
 
LWV/NICD Network Mission Statement: 
The mission of the Civil Discourse Network is to promote and encourage “Urgent Positive Civic Engagement.”  We provide our network members with home space for collaboration, support, and resource sharing which helps members to take positive actions in their communities and in their personal lives. Sharing ideas, resources, experiences and feedback will help each of us better our own efforts in our own lives to promote civil dialogue, reduce the spread of disinformation and build trust within our democracy.