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Civic Engagement 101
Transcript of Civic Engagement 101
developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference
. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes." NY Times
"Whenever things get so far wrong
as to attract their notice, the people,
, may be relied on
to set them to rights."
--Thomas Jefferson 1789.
KEY ATTRIBUTES OF A GOOD CITIZEN
UNDERSTANDING FORMAL POLITICS
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
INFORMATION GATHERING & PROCESSING
UNITED STATES Constitution
The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The first three Articles of the Constitution establish the rules and separate powers of the three branches of the federal government: a legislature, the bicameral Congress; an executive branch led by the President; and a federal judiciary headed by the Supreme Court.
RAtified in 1787
Deceleration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
BILL OF RIGHTS
File a Bill
The 3 Corners of Change
EDUCATION / ADVOCACY
ORGANIZING / POLICYMAKING
Direct service is about hands-on involvement. Direct service can be one-time only projects, an on-going commitment, working with a group, working alone, working in a set location or moving from place to place. The Goal is to meet people’s immediate needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, or medical care. Direct service encompasses anything from sitting with the elderly in a nursing home to complicated technical work. The possibilities are endless.
Education / Advocacy is about a sustained campaign with messaging that communicates a call for change. Advocacy campaigns are used to change people's minds, whether they be decisionmakers or ordinary people. Education / Advocacy raises awareness for a particular change and can be carried out over a long period of time.
Organizing Policy making focuses on making a long-term change by changing policies which govern citizen actions. Organizing and policymaking is the approach we emphasize because it:
builds power within the community by mobilizing others
lets you come up with the best solution for yourself/your community and
seeks long-term solutions to the problem (creates lasting change by addressing the root causes).
Why Can't AmeriCorps Volunteers
Get Too Political?