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  • Will You Vote?

    By The Center for Civic Literacy on October 30, 2015
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    So now that the Electing Our Future forums are over, the real question is: Will you Vote?  Between these forums intending to inform and engage citizen and NUVO’s Voter Guide below, the choice is easy.  What are you waiting for?  Hit the polls on Tuesday! NUVO’s 2015 Voter Guide: *The following is an original post from NUVO.net and is republished […]
  • Electing Our Future: The Issues We Face.

    By The Center for Civic Literacy on October 9, 2015
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    This past Tuesday, the second forum in the three part-series, “Electing Our Future,” took place at the Indianapolis Public Library’s downtown location.  This forum focused on The Issues Indianapolis faces presented by a panel of experts and facilitated by Sheila Kennedy.  Read the transcript of Sheila’s opening statements and catch the live recording of the event courtesy of WFYI, below. […]
  • Fear Itself

    By John Guy on September 19, 2014
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    The only thing we have to fear . . . is public policy arising from fear. In early September, the Indianapolis City-County Council voted 19-10 to increase local income taxes by 0.5 percent to fund up to 150 new police officers by 2018. It sailed through. Members of both parties voted yes, and those voting against were relatively quiet in […]
  • Conecting the Dots: National Conference 2014

    By Sheila Kennedy and Beth Cate on July 23, 2014
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    Only 36 percent of Americans can name the three branches of government. Only 21 percent of high school seniors can list two privileges that United States citizens have that noncitizens don’t. Fewer than a quarter of the nation’s 12th graders are proficient in civics. Only one-fifth to one-third of American adults understand basic scientific concepts like the importance of formulating […]
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    By Sheila Kennedy on June 9, 2014
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    Periodically, lawmakers who are frustrated by their inability to change government policies of which they disapprove will propose a shortcut: they’ll reform the system itself, by convening a Constitutional Convention. Fortunately, these efforts rarely succeed. Why do I say “fortunately”? Because—like poison gas—system change is only a great weapon until the wind shifts. When activists clamor for wholesale changes or […]
  • Accountability

    By John Guy on June 7, 2014
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    Are you “accountable?”  I doubt it.  Me?   Probably not.  Yet others should be accountable.  Right? “Accountable” appears in letters to the editor, newspaper columns and opinions, and coffee pot conversations.  What does it mean?   Here is one definition:  “adjective, (pertaining to a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.” In public discourse about civic […]
  • Martin Luther King Day

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on January 20, 2014
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    This morning, I spoke to students at IUPUI’s Day of Service, commemorating Martin Luther King. Here are the remarks below. ________________________________ There is an old Chinese curse that I’m told translates to “May you live in interesting times.” It’s considered a curse because dealing with “interesting” times—times of change and conflict—is challenging. It requires a nimble and flexible mind, a […]
  • How LGBT friendly is your city?

    By Greg Kueterman on December 3, 2013
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    A growing number of organizations is focused on making Indiana a more livable and welcoming state for everyone. While the state legislature considers passing HJR6 – a bill that would allow all Hoosier voters to decide whether a small number of fellow Hoosiers (the gay ones) should be constitutionally prohibited from marrying – groups such as Indiana University, Cummins, Eli […]
  • Happy Constitution Day!

    By admin on September 17, 2013
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    Constitution Day Trivia Night! Where: Black Acre Brewing Co. 5632 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219 map When: Tues., Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. (Trivia begins at 7 p.m.) Tickets: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door More info: nhall@aclu-in.org
  • Do Our Children Know How to be Citizens?

    By admin on July 26, 2013
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    I was moved reading about the US naturalization ceremony that took place on July 3rd in Indianapolis along with hundreds of other similar cermonies around the country. All naturalized citizens, among many other hurdles, must pass an oral exam on history, civics and geography.[1] The toils that so many of our friends and neighbors go through to become citizens is laudable and humbling. It […]
  • Engaging Those Tricky Millennials

    By admin on July 23, 2013
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    In a major boost for Indianapolis last week, the Circle City hosted MCON13 in conjunction with the release of the 2013 Millennial Impact Report, a national conversation on how to engage my generation. Like many my age strapped with college debt, I decided against spending the ironic $450 to attend in person and instead watched for free online. It was […]