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PMC Shares™ - Court Basics

Tuesday, July 20th │ 6:00-7:30 PM (Virtual Event)

Presented by Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esq. and Judge Mik Pappas

In partnership with Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, this workshop will illuminate the organization and procedures of the Pennsylvania Judicial System with the goal of bringing Pennsylvanian's awareness of and confidence in their courts. We will discuss the different subject matters of each court, knowing your way around the courtroom, how judges are selected and how you can be a more knowledgeable citizen. Register Here.

Introducing the Inaugural Civic Season

In partnership with the Made By Us coalition and Civics Unplugged, the Heinz History Center recently launched the inaugural Civic Season from Juneteenth (June 19) through Independence Day (July 4).

The Civic Season empowers Americans to engage with our past, take action in the present, and shape the future through activations in our neighborhoods, cities, and social spaces.

Visit to access more than 450 programs and resources from more than 100 of the nation’s most iconic history museums.

In Case You Missed It...

Visit PEN America's YouTube channel to watch local Pittsburgh journalists discuss the challenges facing local journalism, including community and multilingual outlets, local journalists and activists on their own advocacy efforts, and legislative solutions to the crisis that maintain media independence.

This event is part of PEN America’s series of town hall convenings, 
Keeping it Local, which brings together local journalists, organizers, elected officials, and the public to explore the need for a community-driven rescue mission for local journalism after years ravaged by press layoffs, newsroom shutterings, and attacks on the media.

New Blog Post:
What's a Filibuster?

The filibuster has often been a polarizing tactic in the United States Senate, but do you know the origin of this 4-syllable word? (Hint: Its name comes from the Dutch word for “pirate”)

Read our latest blog post on the record-setting uses of the filibuster throughout U.S. history, and why it's such a controversial parliamentary procedure today.

'Depolarizing From Within' Staff Picks

What can YOU do to reduce polarization? From Civility First:

When you listen:
  • Listen to understand.
  • Stay curious.
  • Understanding does not mean changing your beliefs.
What to say when you speak:
  • Help me understand more about...
  • Why is that so important to you?
  • What experiences led you to your beliefs?
Click here for book suggestions that are a mixture of liberal and conservative views, with the aim of providing a balance of contextual information to address the challenges of political polarization.

Read Five!

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