How do we defend and sustain American democracy? It’s a daunting question for most of us, who have spent plenty of time in recent years worrying about democracy in the United States being in danger of backsliding. We don’t want our democratic traditions to weaken or fade, but we’re unsure exactly what to do about it.
Obviously, we can vote – but American democracy doesn’t begin or end at the ballot box. It extends beyond the act of electing leaders and then leaving it to them to handle things. Democracy lives in the actions of everyday Americans. Democracy is a practice, a way of life springing from devotion to the common good.
That’s why we wrote Reclaiming We: Twenty Everyday Acts to Strengthen the Common Good and Defend Democracy – a forthcoming book to remind Americans of the civic power we all possess. Reclaiming We outlines 20 everyday acts that anyone can take and reinforces the notion that all of our actions – big or small, official or unofficial, inside or outside established power structures – matter to our shared democratic future.
The eBook edition, available Tuesday, April 27, can be pre-ordered at Amazon, on Apple Books, and via Barnes & Noble. The paperback edition of Reclaiming We also can be pre-ordered now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It will be available after Tuesday, May 4, right here at CivicNebraska.org, and also where books are sold.
Reclaiming We is designed as an inexpensive, easy-to-read guidebook to activate your citizen muscles; a guidebook that can then be passed along to friends, neighbors, and loved ones so they can flex theirs, as well. Along the way, we remind readers that we must all do our part to advance a powerful democratic society from the values of respect, learning, community, and responsibility. That’s how we reclaim we!