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Democracy’s Dozen: 12 documentaries to stream this winter
12 documentaries and docuseries worthy of your attention and engagement.
November 28, 2022
This holiday, argue like an American
How to meaningfully engage with those with whom we may vigorously disagree.
November 22, 2022
Citizenship in an age of consumerism
Our democracy is not a business. It is not transactional. It is built on mutual trust and action that require much more than our narrow self-interests.
November 21, 2022
DARE MIGHTY THINGS: Our 2022-23 annual report
Democracy requires people’s vigilance, faith, and courage to persist. Backed by supporters like you, Civic Nebraska leads the defense of democracy in the Cornhusker State.
November 18, 2022
What? So What? Now What?: Voting rights restoration
In Nebraska, people previously convicted of a felony must wait an additional two years past the completion of their sentence – including probation and parole – to vote. It's time for that to change.
November 14, 2022
The discomfort of different beans (and other hazards of the…
A work of short fiction from Astrid Munn.
November 10, 2022
Statement on Initiative 432
We are grateful to our partners and volunteers for educating voters on the costs, complications, and consequences of Initiative 432.
November 8, 2022
Nebraska election ends; handful of voter concerns addressed
As Election Day progressed on Tuesday, Civic Nebraska worked with voters and election officials to remedy a number of concerns in Lancaster, Douglas, and Buffalo counties.
November 8, 2022
So far, so good: Few issues as Nebraskans go to…
There have been no reports of voter intimidation or active electioneering at the state’s polling places or early mail-in dropboxes in each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
November 8, 2022
New record for early vote in Nebraska midterms
If officials' participation projections come to pass, roughly 40 percent of the 2022 vote in Nebraska will come early.
November 7, 2022
‘War must never stop you from doing what you love’
A special gift for a Lincoln High CLC participant from war-torn Ukraine means beautiful music here in Lincoln.
November 2, 2022
In campaign’s final week, vote-by-mail numbers look strong
Returned ballots should close rapidly by this year's final submission deadline (8 pm CDT on Nov. 8), possibly achieving an all-time high for early participation in a Nebraska midterm. 
November 1, 2022
Rising Stars recap: the enduring power of CLCs
On Oct. 28, we welcomed 125 friends and supporters to Sherman Elementary School in Omaha for a celebration of our before- and after-school programs – and the people who make them great.
October 31, 2022
The Nebraska voter’s guide to voter intimidation
A free, democratic society requires each voter to have the right to cast their ballot free from intimidation or coercion.
October 31, 2022
Songs to vote (early) to: 2022 edition
In honor of #EarlyVoteDay, here's our playlist for casting your early ballot.
October 27, 2022
Views on the news? Share them Oct. 29.
The conversation will take place this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Lincoln Community Foundation building, 215 Centennial Mall South, in downtown Lincoln. 
October 24, 2022
Dare Mighty Things: a Civic Sermon
"We can be the group of Americans who stepped up when democracy around the world was under assault; who stood up for pluralism, compromise, tolerance, and the common good. Who stared down the danger to our democracy and said 'Not here. Not now.'"
October 22, 2022
Vote Early Day is Oct. 28 – let’s celebrate!
Civic Nebraska is among hundreds of groups and individuals across the nation taking part in Vote Early Day.
October 19, 2022
This Thanksgiving, let’s talk turkey.
This November, Civic Nebraska challenges you to break bread with a politically diverse group in your community. Five applications will be selected to receive a $50 stipend that can go toward a hosted meal.
October 17, 2022
It’s in the game: CLC students learn, lead with esports
Leadership, communication, and collaboration are important skills to have in a democracy. They also work well in the world of competitive esports. 
October 14, 2022
7 things to know about Initiative 432
Politicians want to rewrite the Nebraska Constitution to add strict photo ID requirements in order to vote. This would severely restrict *all* voters via lengthy, repetitive steps and employ new technicalities to disqualify eligible voters from rightfully casting a ballot.
October 12, 2022
Testimony recap: No to Initiative 432
For thousands of Nebraska voters, voter ID would be a hindrance and impediment to freely casting a ballot.
October 6, 2022
Calling all Election Protectors – you’re up
Civic Nebraska is seeking volunteers to serve as Election Protectors – nonpartisan election observers – to monitor the Nov. 8 general election in Nebraska.
October 4, 2022
The ballots are coming! The ballots are coming!
Here are a few best practices to ensure a successful vote-by-mail experience.
October 3, 2022
Introducing Audrey Nance, Capitol Experience Day coordinator
The Lincoln native and Lincoln High / Arts and Humanities Focus Program alumna will lead our educational efforts at the State Capitol and elsewhere for the benefit of students across the state.
September 28, 2022
Initiative 432 hearings are set: Stand up and be counted
Join your fellow Nebraskans in saying *No to 432* at one or all of three opportunities to speak in October. 
September 28, 2022
Civic Saturday: Dare Mighty Things is Oct. 22 in Lincoln
Join us for live, sing-along music from Jonathan Leach, original poetry from Jordan Charlton, inspiring readings of “civic scripture” from community members, and a “civic sermon” from Civic Nebraska's Steve Smith, a local author, community advocate, and national Civic Saturday fellow.
September 26, 2022
Welcome to Nandar Win, YSEALI fellow
Nandar, of Myanmar, is in residency with Civic Nebraska this fall via the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellowship Program. Here is more about Nandar in his own words.
September 23, 2022
The cost of voting: Where does Nebraska rank?
The Cornhusker State’s ease-of-voting ranking has slipped since 2020 – and would most certainly slide farther if voter ID is imposed in 2023.
September 22, 2022
Busting the myth of ‘young people don’t vote’
The University of Nebraska is looking to build on its strong tradition of turning out the student vote in 2022. In 2020, the university had a 92 percent voter registration rate and a 74 percent turnout rate.
September 20, 2022
It’s National Voter Registration Day – you know what to…
Check your registration status and get registered to vote.
September 20, 2022
Taking it to the streets! The Civic Sidewalk Series returns
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island artists will be on the ground – literally – to emphasize the importance of voting.
September 16, 2022
Democracy Day 2022: Reminders, reflection, and a road map
American news and information outlets are drawing attention to the threat of democratic backsliding, providing important context on where American democracy stands, and sharing what Americans can do to defend it.
September 15, 2022
No to strict voter ID. No to Initiative 432.
Voter suppression in Nebraska has an official name and number: Initiative Measure 432. Here are a few other figures to consider this election season.
September 12, 2022
Sept. 20: Help get out the vote!
Every eligible American voter should have the option to exercise their right to be heard at the ballot box, and National Voter Registration Day is the right day to start by getting registered.
September 12, 2022
Facts, reason, and voter ID
Just because there has never been a case of voter impersonation in Nebraska doesn’t mean it isn’t actually happening. Right? Wrong.
September 8, 2022
Courts matter!: Here’s what voters need to know
The Courts Matter Coalition of Nebraska is dedicated to educating, informing – and if necessary, taking action on the nominees to our federal courts.
September 7, 2022
How to ‘make a plan to vote’
Mind the calendar, plan for contingencies, and be specific.
August 29, 2022
Optimism: the great American force multiplier
Being optimistic does not mean shutting out bad news or being naive about present or emerging threats, which are very real. But it's an essential ingredient in building our shared democratic reality.
August 24, 2022
Meet Jason Ezell, Collective Impact Lincoln community organizer
The campaign veteran and graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan U. is Civic Nebraska's new community organizer for the Collective Impact Lincoln partnership.
August 24, 2022
Celebrate our Rising Stars on Oct. 28
We’re celebrating our after-school programs and all of the people who make them great with a free breakfast on Oct. 28 at Sherman Elementary School in Omaha.
August 22, 2022
Q&A with Heather Engdahl, director of voting rights
Heather Engdahl assumed the role of Director of Voting Rights Initiatives at Civic Nebraska on Aug. 15.
August 16, 2022
Introducing Nathan Leach, voting rights field organizer
The Kearney native and passionate defender of the state's unicameral system is our point person for Greater Nebraska voting rights initiatives.
August 11, 2022
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


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