Forward, march! 4 democratic to-dos on ‘Do Something Day’

We have a few ideas for you on this unofficial holiday – and any day, really.

by
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

March 4 is Do Something Day, an unofficial holiday in advocacy circles. Playing on the homonymic quirk that “March Fourth” sounds like “march forth” when said aloud, Do Something Day encourages people to try something new that enriches their lives or the lives of those in their community. It’s a calendar-based chance to reflect, and then resolve to take that step forward, in big and little ways, to make change happen.

Want to participate in Do Something Day but need some inspiration? Oh, are we glad you asked. Here are four suggestions for you:

1. Register to vote or help someone else register. This one’s easy. Nebraska’s May 12 primary election is fast approaching, and you want to be sure that you’re able to cast your ballots to help shape the future of our state. Not sure if you’re registered? Check here. Then double-check. While you’re at it, join the growing number of Nebraskans who are choosing to vote from home. Any Cornhusker State voter can do it, for any reason. Click here to get started on voting at home.

2. Become a Voting Rights Advocate. As the May 12 primaries approach, we’ll be taking our Election Protection Program to new heights by deploying trained nonpartisan Election Protectors to poll sites around the state. Our volunteers protect the integrity of and help maintain public confidence in our state’s electoral process. Election observation also helps improve the quality of Nebraska elections; Civic Nebraska shares all information it gathers with local and state election officials to identify areas of success, as well as avenues for improvement. Sign up here for more information on Election Protection opportunities.

3. Engage with people outside of your usual political circles. One important tenet of a robust democracy is exchanging ideas with our fellow-citizens, including – especially including – those with whom we may not always see eye-to-eye. Civic Nebraska is a statewide leader in civil discourse training, not to be confused with “politeness training.” Here are a few starting thoughts from our Civic Health team as well as from Civic Nebraska Writers Group columnist Kevin Shinn on how to have a genuinely American conversation. Like the saying goes, life begins outside your comfort zone.

4. Stay informed and engaged. Learning is an act of civic engagement. Pick out a book or a film that delves into democracy, government, current events, or politics, and dive in. We have no shortage of suggestions in those categories – in fact, here are some links to our most recent suggestions on some of our favorite books, movies, and documentaries.

Ready? Now – forward, march!

Related Articles

‘Evicted Experience’ is Feb. 4, 5, 6

Join Civic Nebraska and our Collective Impact Lincoln partners for a three-day “Evicted Experience” Feb. 4-6 to learn more about Nebraska’s eviction crisis and become empowered to address it.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Locations

  • Lincoln
    530 S. 13th St. Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508
    402.904.5191
  • Omaha
    6400 University Drive, N CEC 117.12, Omaha NE 68182-0708
    402.554.3584
  • Greater Nebraska
    203 N. Locust St., Grand Island NE 68801
    308@civicnebraska.org
  • Contact Us

After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507

  • Randolph Elementary School

    1024 S. 37th St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Raymond Central Elementary Schools

    Ceresco: 114 S. Third, Box 10
    Valparaiso: 406 E. 3rd St

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x