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Practicing ‘radical hope’
More than a personal mood or private feeling, 'radical hope' is the basis of collective social and political action. It is the 'we' as in 'we shall overcome,' in 'we the people,' and in 'we are in this together,' Laurien Alexandre writes.
December 1, 2021
What does ‘we’ mean to you?
Join Civic Nebraska in celebrating community this holiday season. Give to our Civic Celebrations Fund and then share what 'we' means to you.
November 29, 2021
A call for democratic renewal – at home and abroad
Democracy is exceptional, and it requires all of us to work constantly, urgently, and boldly. International IDEA touches on this necessity in its report, calling for “global democratic renewal” via three broad strokes for governments and citizens alike.
November 22, 2021
Hope persists
Hope is not ignorant of current events, nor phased by pandemic. Hope understands the social climate of anger and distrust that citizens have against the government and many levels of political leadership. And it carries on.
November 19, 2021
We love it: Officials, voters work together on ‘Election Centers’
In 18 states, voters can cast a ballot at a number of vote centers within their county. The centers have been shown to increase turnout, make voting more convenient, and provide long-term cost savings. 
November 18, 2021
Lessons in calling out authority – and keeping faith in…
Skepticism of our leaders is quintessentially American, Jordan Martin writes. And so is our trust in our processes, institutions, and one another.
November 12, 2021
Why risk it? Because we’re Americans, that’s why.
If we focus on how our freedoms can be used to benefit not just ourselves but also our neighbors and our community, we will take the calculated risk to set aside our fear and desire for complete control.
November 5, 2021
Our way-too-early 2022 Election Central hub
Or, maybe it's right on time.
November 4, 2021
Our 2021-22 annual report: RECLAIMING ‘WE’
The road back to 'we' is paved with a reinvigoration of community, mutual responsibility, faith in our democratic institutions, and limitless civic power. Join us in RECLAIMING WE.
November 2, 2021
Civic Nebraska taps Erin Outson to lead Campbell CLC
As the leader of the Campbell CLC, the Lincoln native advocates for youth, families, and the neighborhood in and around the north-central Lincoln school.
October 30, 2021
Time to plant some ‘trees’
Today's community-building can result in an enduring quality of life – but that requires us to fight our tendency to expect everything immediately, Tammy Day writes.
October 29, 2021
Building Young Leaders: Bousaina Ibrahim
A Lincoln Northeast alumna and a junior journalism major at Nebraska U., Bousaina Ibrahim says that relating with youngsters at our Randolph Elementary School CLC is a powerful way to become a stronger communicator.
October 27, 2021
‘Making Good’: a Civic Sermon
"How you do anything is how you do everything." Civic Nebraska's Steve Smith on the democratic importance of fulfilling our promises.
October 23, 2021
What you need to know about election ‘canvassers’
Typically traveling in pairs or groups, canvassers are knocking on Nebraskans' doors seeking ballot information from last year's election. Here's what you need to know.
October 21, 2021
Revitalizing downtown, beyond the facade
For small towns and big cities, the benefits of strong civic health range from achieving success on community priorities to increased wellness to greater economic prosperity.
October 19, 2021
Saturday in the park: Join us Oct. 23 for Civic…
Join us at Lincoln's Antelope Park for some civic renewal.
October 18, 2021
Back to School: Lewis & Clark Trailblazers Afterschool Academy
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at the Trailblazers Afterschool Academy at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Omaha.
October 13, 2021
Meet our finance team: Bridgette Foerster and Emily Priefert
Bridgette Foerster and Emily Priefert keep Civic Nebraska fiscally sound and moving forward.
October 12, 2021
We can all play a part in this homecoming story
Hundreds of Afghan evacuees will be calling Nebraska home, and we can be an engaged, positive part of their new reality.
October 8, 2021
Back to School: Lincoln Northeast High CLC
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at the Lincoln Northeast High CLC.
October 6, 2021
Building Young Leaders: Hannah Hrbek
Hannah, in her third year at our Sherman Elementary CLC in Omaha, knows that being flexible, building relationships, and mastering a wide skill set pays dividends when it comes to building young civic leaders.
October 5, 2021
Back to School: Sherman Elementary CLC
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at the Sherman Elementary CLC in Omaha.
October 4, 2021
Back to School: Raymond Central Before- and After-School
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at Raymond Central Elementary in Ceresco.
September 28, 2021
Get registered, Nebraska: National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 28
Then, join our Voting Rights Initiatives team at 6 pm CDT Sept. 28 on Facebook Live to discuss Nebraska’s specific voting processes, how voters can motivate others to register, and resources that can ensure registrations are current and up to date.
September 27, 2021
Back to School: Lothrop Magnet CLC
During our monthlong Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening at Lothrop Magnet Elementary in Omaha.
September 27, 2021
Game disbanded, mind expanded: a trip to see the Hagens
A work of short fiction by Astrid Munn.
September 24, 2021
Back to School: Randolph Elementary CLC
During our monthlong Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening at Randolph Elementary in Lincoln.
September 23, 2021
Back To School: Lincoln High CLC
During our monthlong Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening at Lincoln High.
September 21, 2021
Going to the source – not to the symptoms –…
Public anger can be misleading, Kevin Shinn writes, making it easy to overlook the real issues that are causing the problem and to get sidetracked by the symptoms demanding immediate relief.
September 17, 2021
‘Doesn’t pass the smell test’: Our testimony on proposed new…
On Thursday, Sept. 16, Civic Nebraska Director of Public Policy Westin Miller delivered the following testimony to the Nebraska Legislature's Redistricting Committee at the Scott Conference Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
September 16, 2021
5 ways to celebrate Constitution Day
Deepen your understanding of the rights, roles, and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.
September 16, 2021
Join Bob Gates, Ken Burns and us to rebuild civic…
On Sept. 21-22, CivXNow, a coalition of over 170 partner organizations from diverse viewpoints focused on improving K-12 in and out-of-school civic education, hosts a virtual summit to encourage and support policy action. 
September 15, 2021
Nebraskans voice opposition to latest voter restriction scheme
Decline To Sign Nebraska, a statewide coalition of voting rights supporters including Civic Nebraska, encourages Nebraskans to protect all citizens' rights, abilities, and opportunities to vote.
September 14, 2021
Our staff has stepped up. Will you join them?
Civic Nebraska staff has pledged at least $1,500 in work hours to our Youth Civic Leadership programs. Will you help us get to $10,000?
September 13, 2021
It’s all on the line, Nebraska – and we can…
The power of redistricting carries enormous weight. There are options beyond putting it in the hands of those seeking partisan gain, Jordan Martin writes.
September 9, 2021
Join us Sept. 14 to say: Decline To Sign!
Come to the State Capitol's north steps and learn why a proposed voter restriction revision to the state Constitution would be a costly, complicated mistake creating untold consequences for every Nebraska voter.  
September 9, 2021
Decline To Sign: FAQs about Nebraska’s voter restriction proposal
Politicians are gathering signatures to place a new voter restriction measure on the ballot. Civic Nebraska opposes this proposed revision to the state Constitution because it would severely restrict Nebraska voters by adding lengthy and repetitive steps, as well as new technicalities that would disqualify eligible voters. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about this measure.
September 7, 2021
Report: U.S., Nebraska loved voting at home in ’20
A new report on the 2020 election reinforces what we've been saying all along: If Americans are given the opportunity to vote easily, safely, and securely from home, they'll do it.
August 23, 2021
First steps on the diversity, equity and inclusion journey
There are no real shortcuts when it comes to "DEI' – but, as Carlos Barcenas writes, there are some steps we can all take to start out strong.
August 22, 2021
Nebraska Supreme Court makes ruling in election commissioners case
Our statement on the Nebraska Supreme Court's ruling.
August 20, 2021
March for Voting Rights is Aug. 21
The event, organized by Black Votes Matter, will also feature voter registration, music, food trucks, speakers, a bounce house for kids, and a pop-up vaccination site.
August 19, 2021
Profiles of civic health: Your fellow Nebraskans speak
2021 is the Year of Civic Health in Nebraska. We're highlighting Nebraskans who are strengthening our shared civic life every day.
August 18, 2021
Nebraska counts. Now, let’s ensure fair redistricting.
The 2020 Census data released Aug. 12 puts the focus on next month's special session of the Nebraska Legislature to draw new political lines for our state.
August 12, 2021
‘Lead for Nebraska’ fellows to bridge digital divides
The fellows will live and work in their host communities for two years, listening first and then working alongside neighbors to improve rural broadband access, digital literacy, and economic development for rural communities.
August 10, 2021
Existence is enough
Dawaune Hayes asks: If we cannot see beyond our own egos, then how could we possibly change politics?
August 6, 2021
‘Innovation in Civic Education’ is Aug. 10
Starting early to learn civic knowledge, mindsets, and skills is important to lifelong civic and political participation.
August 4, 2021
Save the date: Back To School Breakfast is Sept. 8
Civic Nebraska will share successes across our Community Learning Centers; highlight our program achievements; share our impact across the turbulence of the 2020-21 school year, and take a look ahead, too.
August 3, 2021
Meet Haroon Al Hayder, our Lincoln High CLC leader
The Iraq native and Minnesota State Moorhead alum leads the Community Learning Center at Lincoln High, which is free to all Links.
August 2, 2021
Voter restriction means new costs, complications, consequences
We must not casually sign away our rights in the futile hope that we might feel a little bit better, while actually doing nothing to improve our elections.
July 28, 2021
This is home
The never-ending legal and political fight over DACA has taken its toll on hundreds of thousands of people in America who simply want to live their lives, Liz Codina writes.
July 22, 2021
‘If you need ID at the store, why not to…
Democracy isn’t transactional, and polling places aren’t retail stores. Their locations, processes, and costs are not supposed to be easily accessible for some but severely out of reach for others.
July 19, 2021
‘Behind On Rent’ sweeps up the honors
Gabriella Parsons' short 2020 film on the faces of Nebraska's eviction and affordable housing crisis has been officially selected for film festivals from Portland to Atlanta.
July 16, 2021
We love it: ‘We The People’ on Netflix
Here's an episode-by-episode look at WE THE PEOPLE, a new animated/musical streaming series that brings civics into the 21st century.
July 12, 2021
Introducing Alex Brechbill, grant writer
The Aurora native coordinates Civic Nebraska's grant activities, drafts initial project summaries and funding proposals, tracks deliverables, writes and edits proposals, and compiles reports for our growing organization.
July 12, 2021
Honest mistakes and states of grace
For new Americans still learning to navigate their new land, a simple faux pas often can lead to larger consequences, Astrid Munn writes. Here's why.
July 9, 2021
Voter ID is back. It’s time to activate.
Voter ID is complicated, reactionary, ineffective, and expensive, potentially costing Nebraskans millions of public dollars to implement and maintain. Voter ID makes us all less free.
July 8, 2021
Meet Alicia Phillips, Collective Impact Lincoln program manager
The Lincoln native has deep ties to the community and was brought up on the importance of serving her neighbors.
July 8, 2021
America, and its necessary insecurities
This Independence Day, let's resolve to build greater democratic security for all Americans by testing boundaries and challenging the safety of the status quo.
July 4, 2021
For a change in attitude, we need some altitude
Seemingly implacable problems harden when attacked with simplistic solutions, Kevin Shinn writes.
July 2, 2021
The 26th at 50: a revolution, if we want it
Like all great advancements in voting rights, the 26th amendment came after years of struggle and hard work, and, of course, opposition. The work continues today.
July 1, 2021
‘Between the Lines’: a Civic Sermon
Reading keeps us free. Our imagination keeps us free. And our stories keep us free. Civic Nebraska's Steve Smith discusses how we can claim and focus all three.
June 26, 2021
Not for profit, but for people: a wellness plan for…
Nonprofits help us live up to our collective character, fulfill our shared responsibility, and connect us to our moral core, Charlyne Berens writes.
June 18, 2021
31 acts in honor of the ‘Civic Season’
Getting into The Civic Season? Here are 31 ways you can carry that enthusiasm into your community during these three weeks – and beyond.
June 16, 2021
Introducing Aneisha Brown, our Campbell CLC leader
The Lincoln native and youth programs veteran brings her expertise and passion to Civic Nebraska's north-central Lincoln CLC.
June 15, 2021
Meet Jacqueline Goering, leader of our Randolph Elementary CLC
The Hickman native and two-time Nebraska U. graduate is eager to build strong students and engaged families in the Lincoln neighborhood she and her family call home.
June 14, 2021
Season’s greetings: celebrating a national ‘Civic Season’
June 14 to July 4 – Flag Day to Independence Day – is the Civic Season, when Americans connect with the past, take action in the present, and shape the future.
June 11, 2021
Hooray for community giving days
Tammy Day on how rallying a community's collective power pays long-term dividends.
June 10, 2021
June 20: CommUNITY Student Photo & Film Festival
Together with our partners at The Bay, Civic Nebraska will be broadcasting the top photos and short films on the UBT Cube starting at 3:45 pm June 20.
June 8, 2021
Help lead civic renewal in Greater Nebraska this summer
Starting June 7 at our Grand Island HQ, Civic Nebraska will host five summer workshop sessions to empower Voting Rights Advocates' efforts toward civic wellness in their towns and cities. 
June 1, 2021
The 2021 Summer of Democracy Reading List
In honor of the 14 weeks between now and Labor Day, here are 14 reads about civic life, democracy, history, politics, and more.
May 31, 2021
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: 2021 in Review
With the 107th Nebraska Legislature adjourning sine die on May 27, Westin Miller takes a look at accomplishments and work yet to be done at the statehouse.
May 28, 2021
Q&A with Nancy Petitto, Director of Civic Health Programs
On June 1, Nancy Petitto will assume the role of Director of Civic Health Programs at Civic Nebraska.
May 27, 2021
5 things about Law Clerk Shannon Konkol
Shannon, a student at Nebraska Law, recently joined our Voting Rights Initiatives team. Here's more about her, in her own words.
May 26, 2021
Civic Saturday returns to in-person gatherings June 26
Join us June 26 at Francie & Finch Bookshop in Lincoln for our first in-person Civic Saturday since 2019.
May 26, 2021
On Give To Lincoln Day, say YES to Civic Nebraska
Please make your voice heard and donate today for a more modern and robust democracy.
May 24, 2021
Rolling with the tide
Liz Codina reflects on the difficult – and painful – changes forged by a year of civic participation during a pandemic.
May 14, 2021
12 awarded Collective Impact Lincoln mini-grants
The mini-grants focus on resident-led activities in the Everett, Hartley, Near South, University Place, Clinton, and Belmont neighborhoods.
May 13, 2021
Omaha, Lincoln vote bright and early in ’21
Sixty-eight percent of Omahans and 64 percent of Lincolnites who cast ballots in their cities' May elections did so via early ballot.
May 12, 2021
Q&A with Sarah Walker, director of development
Sarah Walker was named Civic Nebraska's director of development May 3.
May 10, 2021
Your focus becomes your priority
Ronda Graff asks: What if communities were intentional about their focus and zoomed in on the positive rather than the negative?
May 7, 2021
Secure, safe, convenient: Early voting powers Lincoln’s ballot surge
The 52,541 ballots cast in the citywide election is a 35 percent jump in ballots from the previous high in a non-mayoral election. It also marks the second-highest total for any city election, behind 2019’s mayoral and council vote.
May 5, 2021
Make your picks for the 2021 Summer of Democracy Reading…
Reading is an act of engaged democratic citizenship. It builds empathy and character, expands knowledge, and encourages critical thought. Reading keeps us free.
May 3, 2021
Girl, Plainsplained
Conventional wisdom can be a product of distinct times and places – but also of basic hopes and deep fears, as Astrid Munn learned from an intensely personal experience.
April 30, 2021
Strengthening Democracy Awards 2021: ‘Character in the Collective’
Civic Nebraska celebrated its eighth annual Strengthening Democracy Awards on April 29 by pairing a rousing keynote speech from Eric Liu with inspiring stories of Nebraskans fortifying our shared civic life.
April 29, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: 2021 Outstanding Student Leaders
Anna Castro, Armon'e Dean, Christopher Gonzalez-Donis, and Neira Brandt are our 2021 Outstanding Student Leaders.
April 27, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: Erica Kobza
Erica Kobza is our 2021 Outstanding Youth Engagement honoree.
April 26, 2021
End party primaries and improve the quality of Nebraska politics
In an April 25 Omaha World-Herald op-ed, Director of Public Policy Westin Miller proposes a fix for partisan primaries, which make representatives more beholden to their parties’ extremes.
April 25, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: Janell Walther
Janell Walther is our 2021 Outstanding Civic Health Partner.
April 23, 2021
Keep the faith – change won’t happen without it
When faith is absent, hope will also be missing, Kevin Shinn writes.
April 23, 2021
Strengthening Democracy 2021: Your essential cocktail list
Host your own virtual happy hour on April 29 during our online Strengthening Democracy 2021 celebration. Here are six (OK, five) cocktails from which to choose, concocted by resident mixologist Westin Miller.
April 22, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: Ja Keen Fox
Ja Keen Fox is our 2021 Defender of Democracy.
April 22, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: The Bay (Rabble Mill)
The Bay (Rabble Mill) is our 2021 Outstanding Community Partner.
April 21, 2021
We wrote a book: Introducing ‘Reclaiming We’
Written by Civic Nebraska, RECLAIMING WE is an easy-to-read guidebook highlighting straightforward acts that any and all of us can perform on behalf of American democracy.
April 20, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: Cory Epler
Cory Epler is our 2021 Outstanding Administrator.
April 19, 2021
Finishing strong
Having put in the hard work for most of the pandemic, we want to finally be able to ease off. But now – more than any other time – is for vigilance, Jordan Martin writes.
April 16, 2021
Collective Impact Lincoln to host council candidate forum April 20
The discussion will focus on topics including housing affordability, neighborhood safety, food access, and health care in Lincoln.
April 15, 2021
Strengthening Democracy: Michelle Clifford
Michelle Clifford is our 2021 Outstanding Educator.
April 15, 2021
Our 2021 Strengthening Democracy Awards winners are …
The 2021 Strengthening Democracy Awards honorees include educators, advocates, students, and everyday Nebraskans who demonstrate exceptional civic leadership and who embody Civic Nebraska’s vision of a collaborative, innovative society.
April 12, 2021
‘Civic Sidewalk Series’ to fill Lincoln, Omaha spaces with voting…
Local artists will spray-chalk motivational messages about voting, and Civic Nebraska and partners will provide voter education, registration, and help for voters in making plans to vote.
April 12, 2021


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