Catch up with The Civic Circle:

GivingTuesday Gratitude!

Posted by encarney on  December 2, 2020
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Thanks to the many generous donors who made The Civic Circle’s GivingTuesday campaign a success. We exceeded our $2,000 target, raising just over $2,400 in contributions via both Facebook and PayPal. Special thanks goes to the Civic Circle board, which stepped up in a big way both with contributions, and with help sharing the campaign. If you wish that you could have participated, never fear! Our Facebook campaign, which is HERE, will remain “live” for

“Talk of Takoma” Radio Interview

Posted by encarney on  November 23, 2020
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Thanks so much to Eric Bond at WOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3FM for another fun interview on “Talk of Takoma.” Eric played Civic Circle songs about democracy, voting, suffrage and helping others, and we talked about how election 2020 has been a teachable moment. This photo is from two years ago, when we actually spoke in person! To listen, click “Talk of Takoma” from 11/22, and queue up to 2 p.m. Eric Bond, host of “Talk

Pilot Educational Video Release

Posted by encarney on  November 19, 2020
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When the pandemic struck in March, The Civic Circle’s musical assembly show “Vote for Me!” was temporarily suspended. As a way to continue sharing our democracy songs, we decided to launch a series of educational videos. Our pilot video draws from the introductory song in our show, “The Citizen Tango,” and uses dialogue to guide students in grades 2-4 through three questions: What is democracy? What are my rights and responsibilities? What is a citizen?

Election 2020—A Teachable Moment

Posted by encarney on  November 19, 2020
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The 2020 election has been a teachable moment for Civic Circle students and audiences on several fronts. Students in our after-school workshops have learned firsthand about three of the seven “steps to democracy” at the heart of our program: resolving conflicts peacefully (Listen!), discerning the truth (Learn!) and voting (Choose!). In one sense, peaceful conflict resolution (Listen!) is at the heart of democracy. We choose our leaders through a peaceful transfer of power, not through

The Civic Voice: How to Save an Election

Posted by encarney on  October 28, 2020
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Photo by Shutterstock ON THE SURFACE, this election looks like a disaster waiting to happen. Congress approved only a small fraction ($400 million) of the estimated $4 billion that states needed to run the election amid a pandemic. Lawsuits, postal service delays, and fears about voter suppression or a looming constitutional crisis have left many Americans bracing for Election Day chaos.But a funny thing happened on the way to the ballot box this year: average

“Whisper Down the Lane” Debuts at Civic Education Leadership Summit

Big thanks to the Maryland Civic Education Coalition for featuring The Civic Circle’s new media literacy video, “Whisper Down the Lane,” at its February 17 Civic Education and Engagement Leadership Summit.

Performed by the wonderful Lea Morris, the song features the message that “sometimes the truth gets lost along the way,” and aired just before the Summit’s roundtable on “Truth Decay.” Watch here!