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Collective Impact Lincoln lifts up neighborhoods with mini-grants
From Feb. 1 to June 1, 2021, Collective Impact Lincoln will offer neighbors in six focus neighborhoods mini-grants for local neighborhood improvement projects.
January 26, 2021
Civic Nebraska @ The Statehouse: Bill introduction summary
Senators introduced 684 bills and 31 resolutions in the first 10 days of this long session, 29 of which have at least something to do with elections and voting. 
January 24, 2021
‘A Transfer of Power,’ a civic sermon
To strengthen our democracy, we must claim our American powers of fact, of faith, and of speaking up and standing out.
January 23, 2021
‘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.
January 22, 2021
Introducing: The CommUNITY Student Photo and Film Festival
This spring, the CommUNITY Lincoln Student Film Festival will highlight and showcase students’ voices and provide a creative outlet to tell their pandemic stories.
January 21, 2021
Election commissioners ruling: We applaud AG’s intent to appeal
The right of Nebraskans to elect state and county officials must be jealously protected. No amount of time spent in error alleviates the urgency with which we must bring these statutes into alignment with the plain language of the state Constitution and restore voters’ rights to elect the people who run their elections.
January 15, 2021
3 things you can do TODAY to protect voting rights
The time is now to stand up and speak out against the forces of untruth and myths of voter fraud, which have waged war on our democracy.
January 8, 2021
If we abandon truth, we disown democracy
Democratic citizenship compels us to be vigilant against the untruths that led to Wednesday's shameful assault on the Capitol.
January 7, 2021
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Day 1 of ’21
From Director of Public Policy Westin Miller, here are some things to know as the 2021 session of the Nebraska Legislature begins.
January 6, 2021
Divided by density: our rural-urban political split
Our party registration or geographical location don't determine our ability to care for one another, Ross Benes writes.
January 4, 2021
As the calendar turns, don’t look back – give back
Let's all find a way in the New Year to create some community-focused resolutions – and take the time to make them stick, Tammy Day writes.
December 31, 2020
Here’s what we have planned for ’21
Civic Nebraska's values of community, learning, innovation, power, and optimism will guide our way in our service to our state in 2021.
December 30, 2020
4 rules to build Nebraska’s emotional infrastructure
What would our communities be like if we created foundational rules for working together – on an interpersonal level – to make things happen?
December 23, 2020
2020 was a success. Here’s how our elections can be…
Nebraska's record 2020 election was mainly issue-free but the big shift to early voting uncovered new concerns, a Civic Nebraska report says.
December 22, 2020
Never a novelty: Little Free Pantry network fills a void
Lincoln's network of Little Free Pantry hosts, facilitated by Civic Nebraska, sees growing and constant community need.
December 22, 2020
‘Why should people care?’: BEHIND ON RENT premieres with call…
More than 150 leaders gathered virtually Dec. 18 to watch and discuss the premiere of BEHIND ON RENT a new short film that highlights Nebraska's affordable housing and eviction crisis.
December 21, 2020
Bodies of evidence
The more we normalize a strictly numeral-based reference for human life, the more we lose our personal sense of sacredness, Dawaune Hayes writes.
December 19, 2020
Far from D.C., democracy shines through
Democracy is as much a meeting in a church basement as it is a special session under a rotunda, Rebecca Svec writes.
December 11, 2020
Texas lawsuit: It’s time to act to defend voting rights
Make your voice heard. Tell our elected leaders that Nebraskans reject the attempted undermining of the rights of voters in other states.
December 10, 2020
Behind on Rent: Virtual film screening, Q&A is Dec. 18
See daily stories of eviction from Dec. 14 to 17 on Facebook – and then join us for a live Zoom premiere of the short film at 2 pm Dec. 18.
December 9, 2020
Check out our 2020 holiday gift baskets!
Each basket features original Nebraska artwork, a limited-edition Civic Coffee Club mug, civic engagement Bingo, and more.
December 7, 2020
2020: A year of resilience
Trying times allow us to reassess what matters and how we can make personal investments in our hearts, minds, and souls, Liz Codina writes.
December 4, 2020
On #GivingTuesday, donate to democracy
Protecting and strengthening our democracy doesn’t stop, especially during a global pandemic.
November 30, 2020
To our everyday servants: Thanks for giving
Yes, this year has been challenging. In 2020, our local public servants have been our on-the-ground heroes.
November 25, 2020
The election was the easy part
Now comes the difficult work of building and sustaining confidence in our democratic systems and institutions.
November 20, 2020
Four ways Nebraska can improve its early voting system
Improving ballot tracking, allowing online ballot requests, giving equal access, and pre-paying postage set the standard for early voting.
November 19, 2020
‘State of Civic Affairs’ panel is Dec. 14
Experts in the civic spheres of education, policy, and civic health will weigh in on where we are and what we need to do next.
November 18, 2020
The challenge of our age: Moving past our rage
Anger is a call to action. But anger alone will not lead our country toward useful, lasting change or diminish injustice, Kevin Shinn writes.
November 13, 2020
Pain or progress? The choice is ours.
Democracy either advances or retreats through our daily decisions as members of our democratic society. Here are five ways to strengthen civic life in the wake of an emotional election.
November 9, 2020
Republican or Democrat, voting has been a success
It's in moments like these when we must remember that there is good, encouraging work being done, Jordan Martin writes.
November 6, 2020
2020 Nebraska vote shows power of early voting
While provisional ballots – often known as the “ballot of last resort” – allowed Nebraska voters who had not updated registrations to cast ballots, the state can alleviate many day-of concerns by adopting same-day registration.
November 3, 2020
Election: Steady day-of turnout, slight uptick in provisional ballots
Confronted with the continued spread of COVID-19, a record number of Nebraskans requested early vote-at-home ballots for today’s general election. Voters have until 8 pm CDT today to deposit them in a county election office drop box.
November 3, 2020
Eclectic Collage: Music for Election Day 2020
Election Day has (finally) arrived. Here's our 2020 playlist to celebrate the most powerful way to participate in our democracy.
November 2, 2020
Early voting in Nebraska: ‘Everyone is prepared to do their…
In the era of coronavirus, Nebraskans are turning out to vote early in person, too. Voters, county clerks, and election commissioners all are rolling with the punches in an unusual election year.
October 31, 2020
Amid an avalanche of dread, allow goodness to snowball
If everything truly is connected, then it’s possible to start a chain reaction of good results, Charlyne Berens writes.
October 30, 2020
Let’s do our part to ensure a smooth Election Night
Bank your vote early. Make sure your ballot is accepted. "Cure" your ballot if there's an issue. Follow trustworthy news sources. Be wary of premature victory claims.
October 28, 2020
Making polls welcoming to gender non-conforming, non-binary, transgender voters
Civic Nebraska joined with several partners on a tip sheet to share simple definitions and guidance, and help poll workers in creating a welcoming environment while protecting eligible voters’ rights to cast a ballot. 
October 26, 2020
If your candidate doesn’t win, all is not lost
Viewing progress through the lens of community-building opens up a way forward that unites rather than divides us, Tammy Day writes.
October 23, 2020
Introducing Mark Harris, director of operations
Mark collaborates with senior-level management and solicits feedback from all staff to develop daily performance goals and long-term operational plans.
October 21, 2020
262,000 and counting: Early vote-at-home ballots soar
Can Nebraska break its all-time general-election record of over 860,000 votes cast? We're off to a fast start.
October 19, 2020
Pocket Democracy: A Civic Sermon
Pocket Democracies rely on moral certitude and ideological purity and force us to do citizenship backward. We must break free of this trap, Steve Smith told our Civic Saturday participants on Oct. 17, 2020.
October 17, 2020
Census 2020 is over. Here’s how Nebraska added up.
Nebraska outpaced the national average, surpassed 2010's effort, and finished fourth among U.S. states and territories in self-responding to the 2020 U.S. Census.
October 16, 2020
Confronting change: Lessons from a brave and proud people
Melissa Garcia reflects on a pre-pandemic trip to Panama, and lessons from indigenous peoples in an era of disruption and change.
October 16, 2020
Guest blog: Busting vote-by-mail myths
Election officials in Cherry County – an all-vote-by-mail county – tackle the most common vote-by-mail myths.
October 15, 2020
Supplant the media slant: Identify, verify and diversify your news
As the most connected humans in history, it's important to understand how we get information is just as, if not more, significant than the core message.
October 9, 2020
It’s official: a record number of Election Protectors
Civic Nebraska's volunteer Election Protectors play an important role in defending our institutions by making sure that Nebraska elections are fair and free.
October 8, 2020
Join us Oct. 17 for ‘Civic Saturday: Pocket Democracy’
Join us for music, poetry, reflection, and a 'civic sermon' on the theme of 'Pocket Democracy' – how our ever-fragmenting, ever-isolating lives lead us to sort into like-minded groups.
October 7, 2020
It’s October – time for Election Protection trainings
Open, fair elections are the bedrock of democracy, and Civic Nebraska's volunteer Election Protectors – nonpartisan election observers and attorneys around the state – are preparing for an election like no other.
October 1, 2020
Button up to say I VOTED BY MAIL!
Donate $5 or more to Civic Nebraska in October and we'll fashion you with our "I VOTED BY MAIL" button.
September 30, 2020
What if? A guide to early voting-at-home
Early vote-at-home ballots are hitting mailboxes this week. Here are answers to some of the most-asked questions about how it all plays out.
September 29, 2020
Mural victory: Building Oshkosh one brush stroke at a time
The town's latest mural is a vibrant piece of public art. It's also a tribute to community relationships, support, and taking advantage of existing local assets.
September 28, 2020
Reclaiming ‘We’: A Civic Sermon
During Civic Saturday on Sept. 26, 2020, Steve Smith delivered a "civic sermon" entitled "Reclaiming We." Here's the full text.
September 26, 2020
Civic Saturday in Nebraska: Reclaiming ‘We’
Relive Civic Nebraska's Sept. 26, 2020, Civic Saturday with songs, poetry, readings, and a "civic sermon" from Steve Smith.
September 26, 2020
Midwest living
Nebraskans have taken to the streets to protest racial injustice and discrimination. We should pay attention and seek to understand why.
September 25, 2020
On National Voter Registration Day, celebrate civic art-icipation
We're celebrating National Voter Registration Day all week. Join us from 3:30 to 6:30 pm daily in Lincoln through Sept. 25 for a traveling community art project encouraging registration and participation in the 2020 census.
September 22, 2020
Our 2020-21 annual report: STAND FAST!
For meaningful progress, we must stand together in mutual responsibility. We must stand out and create the world we imagine. We must stand guard to protect democracy. And most of all, we must stand with purpose. WE MUST STAND FAST.
September 22, 2020
Stricture picture: ‘All In: The Fight For Democracy’
The documentary, released Sept. 18, provides snapshots of voter suppression yesterday and today and carries an urgent message – vote!
September 18, 2020
My country, right or wrong?
Andy Long asked his social network what true patriotism meant to them. The responses displayed a diversity of thought – and a unity of purpose.
September 18, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: Movies for Constitution Day
Celebrate our supreme law of the land with these films in which the Constitution plays a supporting role.
September 17, 2020
Voter confidence: Early mail-in ballot requests top 230,000
Assuming those ballots are returned, that is close to surpassing the number of total early votes cast – in person or by mail – in 2016.
September 15, 2020
Nebraska lawyers: Join us Sept. 28 for Election Protector training
Civic Nebraska will host an online training from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 for lawyers who wish to volunteer with our Election Protection Program.
September 14, 2020
Home, grown: 19 years on, a sense of connection and…
Astrid Munn on geographic insulation – a source of safety on Sept. 11, 2001 – amid ever-increasing interconnectedness and awareness.
September 11, 2020
Civic Saturday returns with ‘Reclaiming We’
Join us at 11 am CDT Sept. 26 for song, poetry, readings, and a "civic sermon" delving into our urgent need for "Reclaiming We."
September 10, 2020
Unsolicited vote-by-mail applications: Spam? Scam? Legit?
That mailing from the Center For Voter Information is real, but largely unnecessary. Nebraska has made it easy to vote by mail in 2020.
September 10, 2020
Beyond the chagrin of losing our smiles
Kevin Shinn on the newfound challenge of relating with other humans in an age of face masks.
September 4, 2020
Census: Where do we stand? What’s next?
As a leader in Nebraska Counts, Civic Nebraska is invested in ensuring a successful census. Here's where things stand as September starts.
September 2, 2020
Voting isn’t like going to Walmart. Here’s why.
As the election approaches, be wary of the idea that it's somehow a cop-out if you vote early from home. Hold fast to your right to vote however you want.
August 31, 2020
In our new normal, a new definition of ‘self-control’
We must acknowledge we have no control over many things in our lives – and we can turn our attention to what we *can* control, Jordan Martin writes.
August 28, 2020
‘Make a plan to vote’: What it means
You're increasingly hearing this phrase as Election Day approaches. What does it mean for Nebraskans as they prepare to cast their ballots?
August 27, 2020
Save the date: Civic Saturday returns to Nebraska on Sept.…
Civic Saturday delves into American civic religion – the values and practices of being a contributing member of civic life in the United States – to provide the tools, inspiration, grounding, and opportunity to engage powerfully as citizens.
August 24, 2020
Out of many, one?
Charlyne Berens on managing the age-old struggle between individual liberty and the common good.
August 21, 2020
Civic Nebraska applauds state making vote-by-mail more accessible in 2020
Providing every Nebraska voter with a request for a mail-in ballot is the right decision for Nebraska and it’s great news for democracy.
August 19, 2020
On Aug. 25, let’s start a conversation on safety
Collective Impact Lincoln is creating a space for neighborhood residents to talk about safety, and the impact it has on their vision of a vibrant community.
August 19, 2020
19 plus 100: Celebrating a century of women’s suffrage
Happy Birthday, 19th Amendment! Margaret Marsh and Phyllis Salyards of the League of Women Voters of Hastings discuss the road to its ratification in 1920.
August 18, 2020
8 important facts about vote-by-mail
Political attacks, confusing terminology, and headlines about the Postal Service have created vote-by-mail confusion. Inoculate yourself and others from the infodemic with these facts.
August 17, 2020
Civic Nebraska @ The Statehouse: That’s a wrap
Amid the chaos, partisanship, and unexpected impacts of COVID-19 at the Legislature, we have good news to report on the elections and voting rights front.
August 14, 2020
Your community needs you
Doing something good can shift feelings of helplessness and uncertainty into those of happiness, gratitude, and connectedness. Here are four ways to get started – now.
August 14, 2020
Cooperation, connection and mutual confidence in a crisis
If a time of crisis is the make-or-break fourth quarter of a big game, how a community works together in the day-to-day is the practice field where winning habits of resilience are built. 
August 10, 2020
How change hangs in the balance (and the imbalance)
Without hope, we will never take the first meaningful step forward. And without conviction, we will settle for a lesser compromise.
August 7, 2020
Go time: 2020 Election Protection Program lifts off Aug. 25
Our first online Election Protector training will be 5 pm Aug. 25, and jam-packed with relevant information, useful resources, and specific calls to action.
August 6, 2020
Groups combine to ‘Speak Up for Housing Rights’
The SPEAK UP initiative, launched Aug. 4, invites local residents and leaders to take decisive action on a growing and urgent crisis in Lincoln.
August 4, 2020
If you lose faith, you lose all
Repeated attacks on the legitimacy of vote-by-mail damage our confidence in democracy. We can't allow that to happen.
July 30, 2020
Season’s Greetings! Request a mail-in ballot today
On 'National Vote-By-Mail Day,' get started early on the process required to vote from home for the general election.
July 28, 2020
An echo in time and marching through history
Will 2020 be one of those years someone reads about in a history book and admires our tenacity and recovery?
July 24, 2020
Join the long march forward
Reflecting on the life of Rep. John Lewis reminds us that the struggle for the ballot was not easily won, nor something to take for granted.
July 23, 2020
Civic Nebraska joins Together, One Lincoln project
For a stronger, more equitable community, we must talk with and listen to one another. Together, we're ready.
July 23, 2020
Overcoming bias and putting in the sweat equity
Liz Codina on putting irrational thoughts aside during the pandemic – and recommitting to build strong communities wherever we may be.
July 17, 2020
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Christmas in July
The Nebraska Legislature is reconvening on Monday, July 20, to pick up right where we left off.
July 16, 2020
How to be the Legislature’s ‘Second House’
What to expect when testifying, the most effective way to contact state senators, and ways to conduct innovative and effective communication campaigns.
July 14, 2020
Introducing Michael Bandy, our new Rocket CLC leader
As Civic Nebraska's school community coordinator for Lincoln Northeast's CLC, Michael advocates for students, families and neighborhood residents.
July 13, 2020
This election year, take action beyond the factions
Andy Long on the power of political parties – and the importance of summoning the courage to buck them.
July 10, 2020
A declaration of independence, dependence, and interdependence
On July 4, pondering three principles that over the centuries have been essential to the idea of America.
July 4, 2020
For community, swipe left on Memeland for a while
In the latest edition of the Civic Nebraska Writers Group, Astrid Munn explores the separation between screen and (real) space.
July 3, 2020
Civic Nebraska, Lincoln CLCs offer community improvement mini-grants
Through Aug. 12, Lincoln CLC families can apply for mini-grants of up to $350 to put toward a project that helps engage and improve their neighborhoods.
July 2, 2020
Collective Impact Lincoln extends community-building reach in third year
Organizers engaged over 6,000 residents, trained over 120 neighborhood advocates, and activated Lincolnites to advocate for pro-neighborhood policies.
July 1, 2020
Let’s talk about voting rights: A live Q&A
The June 29 forum is in partnership with the Let's Talk Alliance, a discussion group consisting of members of OLLI and historically underrepresented communities.
June 24, 2020
Join the club: CIVIC U. live events for middle and…
Our CLCs are partnering with talented local residents to host interactive virtual clubs to help connect our middle- and high-school students this summer.
June 23, 2020
Confronting racism’s legacy, from town to country
It is important for all Nebraskans, but especially for those of us who were raised away from cities and unaware of our state's history of racism, to come to grips with this reality.
June 19, 2020
Meet Renae Ninneman, leader of our Lincoln CLCs
Renae will lead Civic Nebraska's six before- and after-school programs in Lincoln and the Greater Lincoln area.
June 18, 2020

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    Omaha, NE 68132

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    Lincoln, NE 68521

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