Everyday Democracy In the News

Connecticut By the Numbers
June 22, 2020

The release this month of a comprehensive report and recommendations by a bipartisan commission, convened by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, outlines 31 steps to strengthen America's institutions and civic culture to help a nation in crisis emerge with a more resilient democracy.

Chicago Tribune
June 16, 2020

Racial tensions and calls for police reform are not new topics in this community, by any means. In fact, back in 1998, the city paid good money to bring to Aurora a national program called Study Circles (now, Everyday Demoracy). It was an award-winning initiative that emphasized small group discussions which forced participants to look into each other’s eyes and talk from the heart about their emotions and their experiences.

Stamford Advocate (CT)
January 27, 2020

Stamford Everyday Democracy hosts author, Reginald Dwayne Betts who tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poems — canvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood and grace. - The World's Video Wiki
January 22, 2020

Being politically active isn't always easy. The news moves quickly, and it can be overwhelming to try to keep up with new laws and political figures. But being an informed voter is important if you want your voice to be heard in the U.S. Luckily, organizations like the ones listed here, (leading with Everyday Democracy) make it easier for people to join discussions, connect with diverse groups of passionate people, and change the world for the better.

Berkshire Edge - Massachusetts
January 19, 2020

Lee — After more than a decade engaging in essential work across Berkshire County, Multicultural BRIDGE has been recognized as one of four finalists for the 2019 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award.

Healthier Jupiter (Jupiter FL)
March 7, 2019

Staff and committee members from Healthier Jupiter and other Healthier Together neighborhoods were selected to participate in Everyday Democracy‘s Inaugural Institute for Community Change Leaders.

Oshkosh Northwestern
February 26, 2019

Fit Oshkosh’s has provided racial literacy conversations and programming to more than 3,800 community members in the last three years. It also fosters strategic collaborations that result in sustainable social change by helping those who are engaged explore racialized meaning and impact at both the structural and individual community levels.

Seacoast Online - New Hampshire
January 13, 2019

The forum hosted by the Dover School District and facilitated by NH Listens, Great Schools Partnership and Everyday Democracy was billed as “Facing Race, Racism, and Stereotypes.”

Duke Today
January 2, 2019

The Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award has been given to an individual and/or organization that demonstrates Everyday Democracy’s values of “voice, connection, racial equity and community change.”

Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, was selected from 67 nominations of both individuals and organizations,and to receive $2,500 to help the Duke-Durham Neighborhood partnership further its mission and vision. 

Oneida Dispatch
December 21, 2018

Syracuse, N.Y. — Beth A. Broadway, president and CEO of InterFaith Works of Central New York, is the recipient of the 2018 Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award presented by Everyday Democracy, a national agency dedicated to citizen engagement.

WNPR - Public Radio
November 17, 2018

Criminal justice reform advocates are trying to spark a larger conversation regarding the role race and poverty play in mass incarceration. In Hartford recently, a dialogue took place between lawyers, community stakeholders and rehabilitated offenders. 


The New York Times
November 8, 2018

Everyday Democracy is listed as an organization that support civil dialogue, in this insightful Opinion article by David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports reporting about responses to social problems.

The Non Profit Times
October 24, 2018

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago is adding $22 million in grants through its Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The new funding will support 12 new cities and counties working to reduce incarceration and 13 sites already part of the growing national movement. Everyday Democracy was one of the organizations selected to provide technical assistance and counsel.

The News and Advance, Lynchburg, VA
October 22, 2018

Several engaged residents in the Poverty to Progress initiative in Lynchburg, VA have made strides toward the goals they set forth earlier this year that included Everyday Democracy support for curriculum to hold small group dialogues.

WNPR - Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe (CT)
October 16, 2018

Live From Watkinson: Examining Our Furious Political Discourse - WNPR Podcast

Common wisdom says that once you walk downstairs to the place where the sizes of candidates’ body parts are fodder for discussion, where one presidential nominee calls another “such a nasty woman” in a debate, where middle-finger salutes at the working press become commonplace at presidential rallies, you never go back up those stairs.

On the eve of a midterm, we want to talk about whether that’s true and whether the 2018 political ecosystem caught the coarseness virus from 2016. And how do we get back up those stairs? How do we bleed some of the anger and vulgarity out of our political discourse?


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.