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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
Speak up and be heard: We’ll show you how
On June 20, Collective Impact Lincoln will share how to navigate local power structures – preparing public comments, testifying at forums, and contacting officials.
June 17, 2020
Frequently-asked questions about the 2020 election
The Nov. 3, 2020 general election is approaching. From now until Election Day, we'll share the latest voting-related questions and answers.
June 15, 2020
Breaking through and calling the Declaration’s bluff
The civic awakening following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis may be the breakthrough that moves our national experiment to a new level.
June 12, 2020
It’s official: Democracy wins
Nebraska smashed voting records in May. Can we do it again in November? With the growth in vote-by-mail and continued COVID-19 concerns, it's possible.
June 11, 2020
Census Day plus 70: Where does Nebraska stand?
Nebraska is in the Top 5 nationally for self-response rate, but we're still trailing our rates from both 2000 and 2010.
June 9, 2020
Seize this moment – help register new voters
There are many areas to continue to funnel this energy. One is to register to vote and to participate in our democracy via the ballot – and to help others register, too. Here's how.
June 8, 2020
Beyond the Three Rs: the importance of schools in communities
Tammy Day on the importance of schools in our towns, cities, and neighborhoods to meet basic needs – something that has become glaringly apparent in a pandemic.
June 5, 2020
Make it a civic summer at CIVIC U.
School’s officially out, but CIVIC U.’s virtual campus is buzzing. For young Americans, defenders of democracy, and community advocates ages 6 to 106.
June 4, 2020
Lincoln: Collective Impact Lincoln is here and listening
We don’t pretend to have all the answers. We're continuing to listen, so we can learn, organize and mobilize alongside our communities for lasting change.
June 3, 2020
For equality before the law, Black lives MUST matter
Civic Nebraska renews our pledge to build a more inclusive and just society. We stand with Black Nebraskans and Americans, whose peaceful protests have shone a light on the ongoing violence directed at them and their communities. We affirm that Black lives matter.
June 2, 2020
In Nebraska and around the U.S., vote-by-mail dominates
With 31 states having already held primary elections, those using mailed-out ballots – including Nebraska – are dominating the Top 10.
May 29, 2020
Atop our voices: Listening, learning, and acting for community
As individuals in a larger system, we can help nurture a culture of caring, consideration, and thoughtful compromise – but that takes a consistent pattern of communication over time.
May 29, 2020
On Give To Lincoln Day, shine for your democracy
Your gift to Civic Nebraska on May 28 will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor circle. Give early and often to double your impact.
May 26, 2020
The 2020 Summer of Democracy Reading List
We asked, and you delivered. Here's Civic Nebraska's 2020 Summer of Democracy Reading List, as nominated by Nebraskans and selected by our staff.
May 25, 2020
It’s never too late: Let’s regenerate
Dawaune Hayes on ensuring that our collective decisions contribute to a sustainable environment for all.
May 22, 2020
Strengthening Democracy redux: Bonus Q&A
Our May 14 interactive live stream with Amber McReynolds was such a hit that we ran out of time to answer all of your questions. We're addressing that today with this wrap-up Q&A.
May 21, 2020
Our work continues: Collective Impact Lincoln earns new funding
The three-year, $900,000 grant will continue the partnership's work of lifting up Lincoln's core neighborhoods and helping to enact meaningful, resident-led, positive change.
May 21, 2020
Omaha Gives!: Help us build democracy in the Metro
Give early and often! Your May 20 OMAHA GIVES! contribution will be matched by a group of donors to help power our democracy-building efforts in the Metro.
May 18, 2020
Creating community in a pandemic: Our virtual Community Builder Workshop…
Now more than ever, communities matter. Join the Collective Impact Lincoln team for a virtual Community Builder Workshop from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, May 16. This ... Read more
May 15, 2020
Watch it again: Strengthening Democracy 2020
Our May 14 interactive Q&A with Amber McReynolds of the National Vote At Home Institute.
May 14, 2020
Join our Zoom-in affordable housing discussion
A pandemic can’t stop Lincoln from speaking up for affordable housing! Join Collective Impact Lincoln on Zoom at 5 pm today [May 13] for an affordable housing information session. ... Read more
May 13, 2020
Record-breaking primary shows the power of vote-by-mail
County election officials showed May 12 that it's certainly possible to conduct Nebraska elections on a large scale with the vote-by-mail standard.
May 12, 2020
The primary at mid-day: Light in-person voting, thanks to record…
Faced with the continued spread of COVID-19 in the state, nearly 500,000 Nebraskans had requested mail-in ballots for today’s primary election.
May 12, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: Commencement Addresses
These 12 graduation speeches include inspiring calls to action – to build, strengthen, and sustain our democratic way of life.
May 8, 2020
Meet Kara Nelson, our Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program…
Kara advocates for Raymond Central youth, families and residents. She plans, schedules and directs daily routines, activities and operations of each elementary site.
May 8, 2020
Give Grace. We’re in a pandemic.
As the pandemic wears on, Civic Nebraska Writers Group member Liz Codina examines what it means to truly be "all in this together."
May 8, 2020
Strengthening Democracy 2020: Your essential cocktail list
We're hosting a virtual happy hour May 14 during our online Strengthening Democracy 2020 celebration. Here are six cocktails to try from Westin Miller.
May 7, 2020
On #GivingTuesdayNow, donate to democracy
On #GivingTuesdayNow, we encourage you to donate to democracy — give to Civic Nebraska.
May 5, 2020
Introducing CIVIC U., a virtual learning hub
Whether you're a K-12 student, a voting rights advocate, or a neighborhood connector, there's something at CIVIC U. to watch, learn, and act upon.
May 4, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: Podcasts
Here are 12 great listens to inform and inspire you to stay safe, healthy, and civically active.
May 1, 2020
Confront this brutal reality – and have faith in the…
Andy Long on how long, difficult journeys can build strength, power, and leadership.
May 1, 2020
Thank you *always* to frontline workers
Please join us in thanking these essential workers for everything they do.
April 30, 2020
Summer of Democracy Reading List: Let’s hear your picks!
Each year, we ask Nebraskans to nominate titles for our all-ages reading list. Let's hear your 2020 suggestions.
April 28, 2020
Mini-grant wrap-up: Great Plains Music Festival
A look back at Collective Impact Lincoln's mini-grant to assist the Great Plains Music Festival.
April 27, 2020
Walking among the lone wolves, longing to howl with the…
Astrid Munn on the experiences – like a simple neighborhood stroll – that form the connections, distractions, and vexations of daily life in the 'new normal.'
April 24, 2020
Resources to stay engaged, informed and active
Stay active, engaged, and vigilant amid the coronavirus concern. Here are our easy-reference COVID-19 resource pages for you and your family.
April 21, 2020
Mini-grant wrap-up: University Place
In 2019, Collective Impact Lincoln gave out $4,000 in mini-grants to Lincoln organizations and individuals working to improve their neighborhoods.
April 20, 2020
Don’t stop believing – and working to understand others, too
Kevin Shinn on holding strong beliefs, and understanding that those who believe differently may also have a point.  
April 17, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 articles on participation in a pandemic
12 thought-provoking posts, essays, and articles for perspective on maintaining a strong democracy during COVID-19.
April 16, 2020
Election 2020: Civic Nebraska resources for early voters
Civic Nebraska has several resources to help inform Nebraska voters so they can participate effectively in the primary.
April 16, 2020
Lincolnites: Speak up for housing rights!
The city's "open comment period" on the new Affordable Housing Coordinated Action Plan lasts until May 15.
April 15, 2020
We vote for THAT? Decoding the 2020 Nebraska Primary ballot
Decoding the Ballot is a guide to the elected offices upon which Nebraskans regularly vote, as well as what those offices are actually responsible for.
April 14, 2020
In what feels like a helpless time, be helpful
We obviously need to stay at home to prevent COVID-19's spread. That doesn't mean we're helpless, however.
April 10, 2020
Suspending in-person early voting will protect Nebraskans
The governor's order protects the health of our counties' election staffs – professionals who are vital to carrying out a successful primary May 12. 
April 8, 2020
Election protection in a pandemic: Our plans for May 12
Join us April 9 on Facebook Live for a 90-minute info session and ask the election-related questions that are on your mind.
April 7, 2020
Fraud? Errors? Partisanship? Tackling common vote-by-mail worries
That's already almost double the number of Nebraskans who voted early – about 59,200 – in Nebraska's 2018 primary. You can request your mail-in ballot by May 1.
April 6, 2020
In the age of coronavirus, what gives?
The coronavirus infects individuals and, through them, communities. If we want our society to survive, individualism may need to temporarily take second place.
April 3, 2020
In Potter, a plan to strengthen civic life
We've been working with Potter, Nebraska, on a plan for strengthening civic life in the community of 360. Here's how one small town is looking forward.
April 2, 2020
On Census Day, 3 ways to make sure Nebraska counts
Today, April 1, is Census Day – and even a pandemic won't stop Nebraskans from being counted.
April 1, 2020
FAQs about voting in the 2020 Nebraska Primary
Nebraska's 2020 primary election is May 12. With concerns regarding COVID-19, it's likely to look different from past Election Days. Here are some frequently asked questions about participating in this spring's election.
March 31, 2020
Share your #CivicLoveNote
Happy Monday, Nebraskans. We hope your weekend – and the warm temperatures in most areas of our state – helped lift your spirits. Our outlook definitely was raised ... Read more
March 30, 2020
Live from Seattle: It’s Virtual Civic Saturday
Just because we’re physically distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate and nurture our shared civic spirit. Civic Nebraska invites you to join us as we participate in ... Read more
March 27, 2020
Lincolnites: Speak up for affordable housing
Dear neighbor, As you probably know, on Feb. 28 the city released its draft Affordable Housing Coordinated Action Plan. Its release kicked off a 45-day period for Lincolnites to ... Read more
March 26, 2020
Civic Nebraska welcomes emphasis on vote-by-mail
Civic Nebraska welcomed a Thursday decision that will result in vote-by-mail request forms being sent to every registered Nebraska voter for the May 12 primary. The move will ... Read more
March 26, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 songs for an unprecedented time
1. “Everything Has Changed,” Best Coast March 2020 might feel like the month our whole world changed. During this stretch, it’s natural to dwell on what we ... Read more
March 24, 2020
Virtual election training, Q&A is April 9
Even before COVID-19, the 2020 election was shaping up to be historic in terms of intensity, interest, and participation. As part of our Election Protection Program, Civic Nebraska ... Read more
March 24, 2020
Democracy doesn’t stop: our Volunteer Virtual Hub
Dear Voting Rights Advocate, Amid growing concerns over the spread and impact of COVID-19, I want to update you on changes to Team Voting Rights’ 2020 field plan. ... Read more
March 23, 2020
Everyone can make a difference: engaging the next generation
A very wise nine-year-old once told me, “It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are; everyone can make a difference.” And she’s right. It doesn’t matter. ... Read more
March 20, 2020
In extraordinary times, our values are our guide
Things are moving fast. Eight days ago, the morning started with Nebraskans planning to travel to Lincoln for the boys’ state basketball tournament. By the end of the ... Read more
March 19, 2020
Voting during an epidemic
The uncertainty of COVID-19 affects every part of our personal lives, and it’s starting to affect some of the most important moments in our national and civic lives ... Read more
March 18, 2020
The right to vote: A never-ending struggle for equality, justice…
Reprinted by permission from the author and the Nebraska State Bar Association, The Nebraska Lawyer (March/April 2020). September 17, 1787, was a cool, sunny day when delegates of ... Read more
March 17, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 docs to stream while waiting out COVID-19
Needless to say, we’re all adjusting to a new normal in the era of COVID-19. And as we all take it day by day amid this ongoing public health ... Read more
March 14, 2020
Our response to COVID-19 concerns
We have suspended all Youth Civic Leadership activities, closed our Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island headquarters, and are continuing our democracy-building work remotely.
March 13, 2020
The third ecosystem
Nature has a way of taking care of itself. Sometimes, when major events sweep through the landscape, the way it recovers is by creating a new, third ecosystem. ... Read more
March 13, 2020
Build trust in democracy: Observe the May 12 primary
Civic Nebraska is seeking volunteers to observe polling places around the state for the May 12 Nebraska primary election. Election observers act in a nonpartisan role, monitoring precincts ... Read more
March 9, 2020
5 things about Carolina Castro, civic health intern
Hi! I’m Carolina Castro, and I am Civic Nebraska’s new civic health intern. I am a first-year student at the University of Nebraska, studying biology and Spanish. I’m ... Read more
March 9, 2020
Circles students learn how to be ‘Development Divas’
According to Sarah Cohen, a “Development Diva” enjoys supporting others’ ideas and dreams, likes to tell stories, and thrives on competition. As Civic Nebraska’s grants associate, that’s exactly ... Read more
March 6, 2020
People-sized politics
When we think about national politics, they often have a larger-than-life appeal. We are shown big personalities with multimillion-dollar budgets, talking about how they are going to fix ... Read more
March 6, 2020
Coalition moves to end partisan gerrymandering in Nebraska
Nebraskans for Independent Redistricting, a nonpartisan coalition of Nebraska nonprofit organizations, on March 5 introduced a ballot initiative that would prohibit the manipulation of voting districts – a process ... Read more
March 5, 2020
Forward, march! 4 democratic to-dos on ‘Do Something Day’
March 4 is Do Something Day, an unofficial holiday in advocacy circles. Playing on the homonymic quirk that “March Fourth” sounds like “march forth” when said aloud, Do ... Read more
March 4, 2020
Trust in Me: Sherman kids grow, connect while performing ‘Jungle…
After four months in the jungle, the kids could see a clearing ahead. And so, as they acted and sang through their final practice of The Jungle Book before premiering ... Read more
March 3, 2020
Civic Nebraska, OLLI lead adult learning on civil discourse
In an era of polarized politics and shouting candidates, civil discourse can seem like a quaint relic of a bygone era. Rather than constructively engage with others, we ... Read more
March 2, 2020
Defend democracy in 2020 – be an Election Protector
Feb. 27 was a good day for voting rights. That’s when advocates from around the state massed at the State Capitol to oppose the Legislature’s latest voter ID ... Read more
February 29, 2020
In Exeter-Milligan’s ‘electoral college,’ lessons in civic health
The commons area at Exeter-Milligan school is bustling for a winter Wednesday lunch hour. Usually, it’s a walkthrough from the cafeteria this time of day, but it’s voting ... Read more
February 28, 2020
5 questions about LR292CA
On Feb. 27, dozens of Nebraskans came to the State Capitol to register their opposition to LR292CA, a proposed legislative resolution that would lead to voter ID laws ... Read more
February 27, 2020
On March 1, we’re building young civic leaders. Join us.
We believe that for a community to change, students and schools are just as important as adults and local organizations. Collective Impact Lincoln is hosting a free youth ... Read more
February 26, 2020
Voter ID is coming up at the Capitol. You can…
This is the week. On Thursday – Feb. 27 – the Nebraska Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee will consider a resolution that would usher in harmful voter ID laws in our state. We ... Read more
February 24, 2020
Randolph rocks the robotics
This year our Randolph Elementary Community Learning Center started Rockin Robotics, a club where students operate Vex IQ robots. It’s the newest robotics club in our seven before- ... Read more
February 21, 2020
The census is coming. Get counted.
At the start of each new decade, the U.S. Constitution requires that the country’s population be counted. This year, Census Day is April 1 – and an accurate ... Read more
February 21, 2020


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