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Omahans, Lincolnites show confidence in early, mail-in voting
Boosted by early voting and vote-by-mail, Lincoln and Omaha's April 6 city primaries reached new heights.
April 6, 2021
Expanding, evolving, and redefining our post-pandemic worlds
As the light at the end of the long COVID tunnel approaches, we can weave a new future based on where we are – not where we were, Tammy Day writes.
April 2, 2021
On Friday: Just the facts, ma’am.
April 1 is a day for fools. April 2 is a day for facts.
April 1, 2021
Collective Impact Lincoln report touts neighborhood successes, what’s next
'What Our Neighbors Said' is a comprehensive look back – and ahead – at building up the Star City’s core neighborhoods.
March 30, 2021
‘Patriot Acts’: a Civic Sermon
We can and should seek an American patriotism that meets us where we are and where we’ve been – and based on those realities, casts an imaginative hope for the future.
March 27, 2021
Talking about race means getting comfortably uncomfortable
Carlos Barcenas on the first steps to deeper conversations on race: showing up, being intentional, allowing discomfort, and relaxing.
March 26, 2021
Strengthening Democracy Award nominations due March 31
Who builds civic life in your community? Tell us about them, and they could be honored on April 29 at Civic Nebraska’s Strengthening Democracy Awards celebration.
March 24, 2021
Eric Liu to keynote Strengthening Democracy Awards on April 29
The acclaimed author and national thought leader on active and responsible citizenship will speak during Civic Nebraska's annual fundraiser and awards ceremony.
March 22, 2021
The run is done, but the lessons are forever
In a bid to be on Omaha's mayoral ballot this spring, Dawaune Hayes learned a lot about people, community, and more.
March 19, 2021
‘Civic Saturday: Patriot Acts’ is March 27
The theme of March 27’s virtual gathering is “Patriot Acts,” which will examine the unique nature and challenges of American patriotism.
March 17, 2021
Tell senators: a constitutional convention is bad for Nebraska
An Article V convention leaves too many important questions unanswered and opens the door for special-interest groups and bad actors to make wholesale changes to our nation’s founding document.
March 15, 2021
March 16: How social connectedness creates strong communities
Join Civic Nebraska and a panel of community leaders from rural and urban Nebraska as we examine the power of social connectedness in civic health.
March 11, 2021
Voter participation: How does Nebraska stack up?
How can we make our elections even better, and have Nebraska move up in terms of participation? A new report’s state-by-state analysis of election policies has a few suggestions.
March 11, 2021
Ballot applications mailed out, outreach begins as city elections approach
All registered voters in Lincoln and Omaha will find an early voting ballot application in their mailboxes this week.
March 9, 2021
Tell state senators: I care about election transparency
LB8 requires basic disclosure of groups that put money toward electioneering communication in the 30 days before an election.
March 5, 2021
Husker students map Nebraska towns’ civic assets  
Alexandria Rinne and Ray Nierman mapped the people, passions, groups, places, events, and resources that sustain civic life in a pair of Nebraska communities.
March 4, 2021
Thinking globally, acting locally, defending democracy
What happens here matters around the world, as a new Freedom House report on the state of global democracy shows.
March 3, 2021
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 songs ‘about’ Nebraska
We asked: What are the "best" songs that mention Nebraska? Here's what Nebraskans shared (along with a couple of our own picks).
March 1, 2021
Getting others involved, one person at a time
Bringing 'just one person' along on your community journey may not seem to be a big thing. But it has the potential to change everything, Ronda Graff writes.
February 26, 2021
Testimony recap: Our support for restoring voting rights
We believe that when the state attempts to restrict any Constitutional right, it has the burden to prove both the necessity and the effectiveness of doing so.
February 24, 2021
Unlocking the vote for thousands of Nebraskans
Punishing people by restricting their right to vote for two years beyond their sentence is archaic, excessive, and unjustified. LB158 can change this. 
February 22, 2021
Clayton Bigsby & Tusker Monsters: a BIPOC intro to college
In this short work of fiction, Astrid Munn explores the detrimental side of good intentions.
February 19, 2021
Testimony recap: Our opposition to LR3CA
Somehow, voter ID has become exempt from the scrutiny lawmakers typically give to public policy questions. On Feb., 17, Director of Public Policy Westin Miller encouraged state senators to look deeper.
February 17, 2021
Show your support for voting rights!
Voter ID is back at the Nebraska Legislature. Show everyone in your social network that disenfranchisement is NOT a Nebraska value.
February 16, 2021
Fair redistricting in Nebraska
State senators are considering legislation that will improve our redistricting process – increasing transparency, protecting the integrity of elections, and making it harder for politicians to hand-pick their voters.
February 15, 2021
You gotta have heart.
Share the civic love with Civic Nebraska's special 2021 valentines.
February 12, 2021
The wisdom of taking a Second Look
In our instant-gratification world, wisdom can reward a citizen with a better outcome if we slow down and pay closer attention, Kevin Shinn writes.
February 12, 2021
It’s go time: Voter ID is on the schedule
From now through Feb. 17, we encourage you to tell our state senators to reject these harmful initiatives.
February 8, 2021
Begone, QAnon: Let’s augment reality
Why conspiracy theories exist, why people come under their spell, and how to repel them as we move forward together.
February 5, 2021
Data and discussion: 2020 Civic Health Index
On Feb. 4, our Civic Health Program staff hosted Nebraskans from across the state to examine the findings of the 2020 Nebraska Civic Health Index.
February 4, 2021
Join the fight: Voting rights advocacy training is Feb. 11
Voting is our most cherished democratic right. It is never guaranteed – so it must be championed, defended, and exercised to the fullest.
February 3, 2021
Building Nebraska’s civic health: Join us Feb. 4!
Wondering how you can use the Index to better your business, block,  neighborhood, community, or county? Join us Feb. 4, 2021.
February 1, 2021
In America, the active ingredient is us
We are not just victims of circumstance, Charlyne Berens writes.
January 29, 2021
Nebraska’s civic life: How do we stack up? What’s next?
Introducing the 2020 Nebraska Civic Health Index, a comprehensive report on key indicators of our state’s civic life – which includes recommendations on how to strengthen Nebraska's civic health.
January 27, 2021
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

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