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What? So what? Now what?: a new USPS elections division
The U.S. Postal Service is launching a new permanent division that will respond to election mail issues that may arise in the 2022 elections. Here's a quick primer.
August 10, 2022
Our Omaha CLCs score highly in staff satisfaction
We’re committed to making Civic Nebraska as engaging, efficient, and stimulating a workplace as possible.
August 9, 2022
Build democracy – one small act at a time
Small acts fortify our nation’s civic fabric, one thread at a time.
August 8, 2022
Gearing up for a new school year
Our before- and after-school staff at our six Community Learning Centers in Lincoln and Omaha is sharpening their skills as the new year approaches.
July 29, 2022
Meet Heidi Uhing, our new director of public policy
Heidi coordinates our voting rights efforts and strategies across each of our three program areas.
July 27, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to apple pie
Like almost everything, our national dessert didn’t begin here – and neither did its main ingredient.
July 21, 2022
The myth of ‘everyone has an ID’
Anywhere from 54,000 to 70,000 Nebraskans could be kept from voting if a new voter ID scheme comes to pass.
July 19, 2022
America, we need to talk: Join us July 28 for…
PURPLE models a rare, mediated conversation that uplifts and inspires even while going toward the heat of passionate political differences.
July 14, 2022
Allie’s story: From volunteer to community advocate
Senior Community Organizer Allie Christianson on her journey into community with Collective Impact Lincoln.
July 13, 2022
Do you have views on the news? Join ‘Crossing Divides’
Civic Nebraska is looking for residents of Scotts Bluff County and the city of Lincoln to participate in a short interview about their views on news and who they trust for information.
July 12, 2022
Meet Trey Sterner, our Campbell CLC leader
As the leader of the Campbell CLC in north-central Lincoln, Trey creates opportunities and support services for improved student learning and development, stronger families, and healthier neighborhoods.
July 11, 2022
No hindrance: Say no to Nebraska’s voter ID scheme
We encourage Nebraskans to stand up for our state’s values of honesty, fair play, and duty to one another by saying no to voter ID.
July 7, 2022
Keep the faith – and spread it, too
Democracy works only if enough people believe democracy works.
July 6, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Independence Day
A speed history of our nation's 'birthday.'
July 1, 2022
Civic readiness for redevelopment
Run-down, potentially contaminated properties – also known as brownfields – can be a drain on the community, but they can also be an opportunity for activating relationships and community strengths.
June 28, 2022
This year, do the Fourth differently
Fireworks and BBQ? You bet! Reflection and discussion? That, too, is as American as apple pie. Spend part of your Independence Day gathering with purpose.
June 27, 2022
Just, Like That: A Civic Sermon
"If justice is realized, then truth is vindicated – and peace is the result." 
June 25, 2022
Let the Civic Season begin
The Civic Season – from Juneteenth to July 4 – is an opportunity to commit everyday acts that strengthen our democracy.
June 17, 2022
What a ‘roll’ model!
a'Ron Burns, a 17-year-old high school student and an alumnus of Civic Nebraska's Trailblazer Afterschool Academy, is making history in Omaha, one rolled ice cream treat at a time.
June 15, 2022
Watch: The 2022 Strengthening Democracy Awards
On June 9, Civic Nebraska and 150 supporters gathered in Lincoln to celebrate five outstanding Nebraskans who build community, create change, champion learning, lead by example, and protect voting rights.
June 13, 2022
June 25: Civic Saturday returns!
Justice or just us? Join us at 11 am on June 25 at Oak Lake Park in Lincoln for a very special Civic Saturday gathering.
June 7, 2022
Promote the vote. Get a tote.
We’ll be equipping our in-person advocates with their very own “Vote Tote.” Each kit contains everything you'll need to help register voters in your own community.
June 7, 2022
Safe, secure, certified: Nebraska Primary officially in the books
The 414,869 ballots make 2022 our largest-ever gubernatorial primary election, with just less than half being cast early.
June 6, 2022
Election consistency in an era of hyper-partisanship
Voters reasonably expect specific patterns and processes from election to election. This is especially true in an era when our faith in elections, unfortunately, is under attack.
June 6, 2022
Strengthening Democracy: Jennifer Yi-We Hernandez
The innovative creator of an all-volunteer initiative to get stuck-at-home voters' ballots turned in safely and securely is our 2022 Voting Rights Guardian.
June 3, 2022
A ‘Cap Day’ like no other
This week, recently arrived students from Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island joined us for a special art-centered Capitol Experience Day.
June 3, 2022
Strengthening Democracy: Valeria Rodriguez
The founder and leader of an effort to engage and lift up all Panhandle residents is our 2022 Community Builder.
June 3, 2022
Strengthening Democracy: Brooklyn Terrill
The Nebraska U. student who fought for a law to protect sexual assault victims is our 2022 Young Civic Leader.
June 2, 2022
What to do when petitioners behave badly
When you spot a voter ID petition circulator's malpractice, record them with a cell phone to document all of the details of your interaction. It will be used as a potential challenge to this harmful initiative.
June 1, 2022
Strengthening Democracy: Ebony McKiver
The self-proclaimed "civics nerd" and statewide social studies specialist is our 2022 Champion of Learning.
June 1, 2022
The 2022 Summer of Democracy Reading List
We asked, and you delivered. Here's Civic Nebraska's 2022 Summer of Democracy Reading List, as nominated by Nebraskans and selected by our staff.
May 31, 2022
Strengthening Democracy: Erin Feichtinger
The Omaha housing affordability advocate is our 2022 Civic Catalyst Award honoree.
May 31, 2022
‘Food Truck Days’ spur community connection in Pierce County
Here are five tips for hosting your own.
May 24, 2022
It takes everyone
That's why Civic Nebraska reinvigorates community, mutual responsibility, faith in democratic institutions, and citizen power across the state.
May 23, 2022
Aggressive tactics at the height of petition season
Paid, out-of-state voter ID petitioners are hustling for your signature. Decline to sign. 
May 23, 2022
Kicking off Community Heart & Soul
The resident-driven process engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.
May 19, 2022
Meet Chueqa Yang, voting rights field organizer
The Omaha native and Lincoln resident helps coordinate Civic Nebraska’s policy initiatives and organizes campaigns for policy-related issues as part of our Voting Rights Initiatives team.
May 16, 2022
Civic Nebraska honors 5 with Strengthening Democracy Awards
Join us June 9 in Lincoln to honor these civic catalysts, educators, voting rights advocates, community builders, and young leaders.
May 16, 2022
What? So What? Now What?: The Nebraska gubernatorial primary
By 2 pm Friday, the number of votes tallied in the 2022 Nebraska Primary Election reached 409,231, officials said. That's the most all-time for a statewide gubernatorial primary and second only to 2020's record-smashing primary.
May 13, 2022
Nebraska Primary was safe, secure, efficient
Despite virus concerns being relatively low this year, many Nebraskans still chose to vote early – a clear sign that vote-by-mail has become the standard for a significant portion of Nebraska voters.
May 11, 2022
Nebraska primary at mid-day: Steady in-person voting; few major issues
Civic Nebraska has deployed nonpartisan poll observers around the state and is assisting voters with concerns via our Election Protection Line.
May 10, 2022
Music to Vote By: Our 2022 Primary Playlist
The Nebraska Primary is here. Our 2022 playlist celebrates the most powerful way to participate in our democracy – voting.
May 9, 2022
Collective Impact Lincoln awards neighborhood improvement mini-grants
The funds, reserved for projects in the Clinton, Belmont, Everett, Near South, Hartley, and University Place neighborhoods, will bring benefit and value to the neighborhood and community. 
May 5, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to our flag
Origins, evolutions, myths, and misundertandings regarding our nation's most iconic symbol.
May 5, 2022
Building Young Leaders: Ophelia Collins
A mainstay at Lewis & Clark Middle School, Ms. Collins shares a few drops of knowledge about her time working with Omaha youth.
May 3, 2022
ELL students to lead installation of ‘Seedfolks’ gardens
The Rocket CLC is joining students, teachers, and community partners to install and plant several new garden beds for a community garden project that cropped up during a reading among English Language Learners. 
May 3, 2022
Two great ways to support democracy in May
Nebraska's two largest cities sponsor "giving days" this month. Be among the first 50 to donate $25 or more to Civic Nebraska and receive some summer civic swag.
May 2, 2022
Rolling out the Equitable Development Scorecard
Community members, city staff, and developers can use the new tool to uniformly evaluate whether a housing development will ultimately benefit the community and address affordable housing needs.
April 29, 2022
It’s time to share your summer reading picks!
Each year, we ask Nebraskans to nominate book titles for the Summer of Democracy Reading List. What should be included in 2022?
April 26, 2022
‘We The People’ means our youngest Americans, too
We introduce students to civic engagement early on, which allows them to better develop critical thinking, civic leadership, and civil discourse skills.
April 20, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Bye-Bye Biennium
Director of Public Policy Westin Miller reviews the 2022 session of the Nebraska Legislature.
April 19, 2022
Sign up. Get trained. Defend democracy.
Join the ranks of our nonpartisan volunteer Election Protectors. After brief training, you're set to observe the May 10 and Nov. 8 elections.
April 12, 2022
2022 Strengthening Democracy Awards: Nominations open!
Through May 6, Civic Nebraska is seeking nominations of everyday citizens whose daily acts fortify our democracy. Winners will be honored on June 9.
April 11, 2022
7 things to remember when voting by mail
Voting by mail is a safe, secure, and convenient way to cast your ballot. Here are some best practices to ensure it goes smoothly.
April 10, 2022
What? So What? Now What?: Nebraska Unify Challenge
In March, Civic Nebraska and Unify America hosted the nation's first statewide Unify Challenge.
April 5, 2022
In us, we must trust.
When we expect the worst from our leaders or casually assume “they” are all just in it for themselves, we are actually telling on *ourselves.*
April 4, 2022
International Fact-Checking Day: 6 ways to break fakes
A quick guide to reading with skepticism and sharing a whole lot less – every day.
April 2, 2022
It’s official: CD-1 special election will be June 28
The ballots for the special election will have only two names on them – one Democratic candidate and one Republican candidate.
April 1, 2022
The head and the heart
Images and stories of the literal defense of democracy in Europe should inspire us to act on its behalf at home.
March 31, 2022
‘Cap Days’ are back
Civic Nebraska's Capitol Experience Days give students the opportunity to meet state officials, think critically on an issue, and then practice the nuances of civil discourse in the building where the state’s laws are debated and made.
March 28, 2022
Begin Again: a civic sermon
At the turning of another season – a time of rebirth and renewal – let's set out to begin America again.
March 26, 2022
Defend democracy. Be an election observer in ’22.
Election Protectors gather information and chronicle data regarding how elections are run from county to county in our state.
March 23, 2022
What? So what? Now what?: Lancaster County dropboxes
A primer on Lancaster County's decision to eliminate a number of ballot dropboxes for the May primary.
March 22, 2022
Help us draw a picture of civic health – literally.
Share your images that describe 'civic health' to you – that show a feeling of belonging, inclusion, safety, collaboration, and fun in our communities. #civichealthpics
March 15, 2022
Collective Impact Lincoln offers $300 mini-grants
From now until June 1, residents can apply for funding to bring their improvement ideas to life.
March 15, 2022
Election integrity? We’ve got it.
When you cast your ballot in Nebraska, your vote is safe, secure, and certified.
March 9, 2022
Democracy is a verb
Ordinary people participating out loud in democracy builds broad civic strength. Find organizations and movements that provide opportunities for us to do things together that we could not do alone. 
March 7, 2022
7 things to remember when requesting your mail-in ballot
Here's how to make your vote-by-mail experience the best it can be.
March 1, 2022
On Ukraine
Free countries are redoubling their defense of democracy following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Americans have a special responsibility in this effort.
February 28, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to ‘This Land’
The origins and evolution of Wood Guthrie's iconic folk anthem.
February 24, 2022
Gather with a common purpose: Civic Saturday is March 26
Join us at 11 am CDT Saturday, March 26, on Zoom for Civic Saturday: BEGIN AGAIN.
February 24, 2022
Take the Unify Challenge and discover the power of two
Starting March 1, Nebraskans will pair up to have positive online conversations about the issues that face our state. You can, too – sign up for the Unify Challenge!
February 21, 2022
The (Civic) Buddy System
A partnership among our after-school programs connects middle-school and elementary students with literacy and citizenship.
February 21, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide To Presidents Day
Unpacking one of our national calendar's most confusing holidays.
February 17, 2022
Let’s talk about voter ID
We'll discuss a voter ID initiative in Nebraska on Feb. 21. Later that week, we'll help train Nebraskans to talk about the proposal's costs, complications and consequences.
February 16, 2022
We believe.
Community. Learning. Innovation. Power. Optimism. Civic Nebraska stands for these values in our streets, schools, and institutions.
February 15, 2022
All you need is love (and our 2022 valentines)
Share the civic love this Valentine's Day weekend with our homemade valentines.
February 11, 2022
Building Young Leaders: Kim Luis
The Nebraska U. senior from Lincoln provides autonomy and freedom to explore for her Campbell CLC students.
February 10, 2022
Disinfecting the 2020 discourse
We applaud the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office for holding baseless insinuations of voter fraud to the light.
February 8, 2022
We can’t leave $120M of rental relief on the table
Our failure to apply for federal emergency rental assistance will directly affect communities across Nebraska, and organizations providing financial assistance to struggling Nebraskans will lose a critical line of funding. Here's what you can do to help prevent that from happening.
February 3, 2022
Let’s show the nation how we solve problems, Nebraska
On March 1, 3, and 5, Nebraskans will set aside political fighting and focus on solving problems. The Unify Challenge is a live, one-to-one, online video conversation connecting pairs of Nebraskans across political, ideological, and geographic divides.
January 31, 2022
Re-enfranchising returning citizens takes a step forward
Now let's focus on continuing the momentum for LB158 all the way to the governor’s desk.
January 27, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: testimony on voting rights bills
Westin Miller, our director of public policy, testified before the Nebraska Legislature's Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee on a pair of voting rights bills – one that would clean up Nebraska election law, the other that would unnecessarily shorten early voting.
January 26, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Bills, bills, all types of…
There are more than 20 bills and a few resolutions about elections and voting rights. From great bills that would protect voting rights for first responders to terrible bills that would restrict early voting, there’s a lot to cover. 
January 24, 2022
‘Wishing Well,’ a civic sermon
Hope isn't just tossing a penny in the wishing well and expecting magic.
January 22, 2022
Introducing Alyssa Hogue, people & culture coordinator
The Wisconsin native and Husker alumna ensures a positive and successful work environment for all staff, with a special emphasis on Civic Nebraska's part-time CLC employees.
January 19, 2022
Each one, teach one: ‘Civic Buddies’ cultivates literacy, citizenship
Made possible by funding from Dollar General, the new Civic Buddies program will pair middle-school students with elementary schoolers for read-alongs of books focusing on citizenship, followed by discussion and more.
January 18, 2022
Collective Impact Lincoln mini-grants strengthen civic health
In 2021, Collective Impact Lincoln awarded $10,000 to neighbors and community groups to support 12 projects to improve the quality of life in the city's core neighborhoods. Let's catch up on their progress.
January 13, 2022
Elections of, by, and for the majority
Wide majorities of Americans know that expanding voting access will steady our democracy and ensure our basic democratic rights.
January 12, 2022
Allie Christianson joins Civic Nebraska
The veteran of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization will continue her community organizing work on behalf of our Collective Impact Lincoln initiative.
January 11, 2022
Bridging the gap
More than 90 percent of Americans say they want to volunteer, yet only one out of four actually do. It's time to tackle that disparity, Tammy Day writes.
January 7, 2022
Partisans for democracy
The line has never been brighter.
January 6, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Day 1 of 2022
Jan. 5 marks the first day of the second session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature. Director of Public Policy Westin Miller sets the table for what he expects to be a tense and turbulent 60-day session.
January 5, 2022
Strong interest in Nebraska’s first-in-the-nation Unify Challenge
Nearly 100 Nebraskans already have indicated they will participate in The Unify Challenge for Nebraska on March 1, 3, or 5.
January 4, 2022
Civic Saturday returns! Join us Jan. 22 for ‘Wishing Well’
Our eighth Civic Saturday will center on finding clarity to act amid a landscape increasingly shaped by fear.
January 3, 2022
Happy New Year! Here’s what we’re up to in ’22
From educating and mobilizing voters to creating the building blocks of democratic citizenship in our youngest citizens, Civic Nebraska has a big 2022 in the works.
December 31, 2021
Starting 2022 strong at Civic Nebraska
We're gearing up for a pivotal 2022 at Civic Nebraska. Join us to protect voting rights, build young civic leaders, and connect Nebraskans to tackle shared challenges.
December 28, 2021
Support, connection, growth: Civic Nebraska’s 2021 in review
The year at Civic Nebraska was filled with activity, advocacy, enrichment, and education.
December 27, 2021
The Constitution on Film: our winter viewing project
Our compilation of 18 motion pictures with stories that directly or indirectly feature the rights, responsibilities, limits, and possibilities in our nation’s founding document.
December 22, 2021


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