Catch up with The Civic Circle:

Americans may have to wait days for final election results this year, election experts warn, as the pandemic drives voters to absentee ballots. Since Republicans favor in-person voting while Democrats are more inclined to vote absentee, President Trump may perform better on Election Day than in the days that follow, as mail-in votes are tallied.All that has raised alarms about a crisis of public confidence in the election result, particularly given Trump’s recent attacks on

A Banner July 4th!

Posted by encarney on  July 21, 2020

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The Civic Circle had a banner day on July 4, inviting kids to a Virtual Parade and Singalong (watch HERE or below), led again by Nick and Lea, and creating a “Kid Fun Kit” of online activities to keep kids busy all day. We also joined The Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts on July 4 for the Daily Antidotes of Song, where Lea Morris sang “The Citizen Tango,” to great audience participation.WATCH that performance

“Local Hero” Interview with Jamie Raskin

Posted by encarney on  July 21, 2020

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When Congressman Jamie Raskin was kind enough to recognize The Civic Circle in his “Local Heroes” series recently, he asked me how we talk with kids about public issues given all the negative stories dominating the news—the violence, the brutality, the pandemic. I responded that information is power, and that our current civic challenge is a teachable moment.Watch Congressman Raskin’s whole “Local Heroes” interview HERE.

Singing for Democracy!

Posted by encarney on  June 18, 2020

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The Civic Circle is thrilled to be joining Carpe Diem Arts in a “SummerArtVentures” workshop called “Singing for Democracy. Here is the class description: Kids will learn seven “steps to democracy” through story and song, singing and writing songs about respectful listening (Listen!), voting (Choose!), helping others (Join!) and other democracy skills. The virtual workshops for 3rd-5th graders will feature our wonderful teaching artists, Nick Newlin and LEA, and will take place daily at 1:30

The Civic Voice: Finding Unity in Discord

Posted by encarney on  June 18, 2020

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Is the nation falling apart or coming together? Perhaps a bit of both, as I note in the latest Civic Voice newsletter, but unity seems to be winning out over chaos. Both the covid-19 pandemic and the nation’s public reckoning over police brutality and racism have simultaneously upset public equilibrium, and created new openings for change. As the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has noted, systemic disruptions can lead to new political alignments, as the