Jamil Ragland

Communications Specialist - Content Writer

Headshot of Jamil RaglandWhy I work at Everyday Democracy:

I participated in a Community Conversation facilitated by Everyday Democracy, and was very impressed by the experience. I’ve also known several people who have worked with Everyday Democracy, and they are all people I think very highly of. When the opportunity came along to work with great people to make lasting changes in communities across the nation, I jumped at it!


What I love about what I do:

I love writing. Writing was initially a means to entertain myself through fanfiction. As I grew older and started having opinions about the world, writing felt like the natural way to express myself because I enjoyed it so much. Soon I found that I could help people with the thing I loved by advocating for causes. The rest, as they say, is history.

Everyday Democracy gives me the chance to put words to action in a way that I’ve never experienced before. I truly believe that words speak just as loudly as actions, and I want my words to strengthen families, communities and democracy. I want all people to live in peace, dignity and equality with a real voice in the course of their lives. Here, my words can help make that a reality.


How I got here:

I’ve been writing freelance for twelve years. My work has appeared in the Hartford Courant, WNPR, The Connecticut Mirror, Northend Agents, CT News Junkie and other publications. I’ve appeared on Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show. I’ve done other day jobs during that time, but at heart I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

At Everyday Democracy, I can be a writer. I can learn about building grassroots democratic movements. I can hear stories that will expand my understanding of the world, and then report out what I learned. I can make sure that more people learn about this important organization. So it seems like a great fit to me.


What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

I’m very much into videogames and anime, and I enjoy sharing those things with my son.

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.