News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
Talking Local Civics!
A large part of CivCity's work involves plugging into existing networks and events. We want to make it easier to learn about how local government works and to help residents get involved.
Earlier this fall we participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Young Leaders Society
of the United Way of Washtenaw County. We also met with a delegation from several countries in the Middle East – including Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq – who were part of a training seminar organized by the National Democratic Institute
At UM's Ginsberg Center, CivCity's Mary Morgan talks with political activists from several Middle Eastern countries.
Panel discussion at the United Way of Washtenaw County's Young Leaders Society meeting: From left: Washtenaw County commissioner Andy LaBarre, CivCity founder Mary Morgan, University of Michigan director of community relations Jim Kosteva and United Way's Emily Fogelsonger.
We'd love to meet with your organization, class or informal gathering. Contact Mary Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on your calendar!
Happening This Week!
Check out this week's public meetings in the lefthand sidebar of this newsletter – it's a new feature that we hope will raise awareness of opportunities for input and participation.
In addition, we'll be highlighting other events we think you'd be interested in – including a lecture today (Monday, Nov. 28) at the University of Michigan:
Later this week – on Friday, Dec. 2 – the UM Wallace House is hosting a panel discussion: "Covering Trump: The Presidency and The Press During Turbulent Times."
A panel of national journalists and a political science expert will offer analysis about the presidential election and the tempestuous aftermath during a public discussion.
That event begins at 4 p.m. at the Ross School of Business, R1580 Blau Hall. It's free and open to the public.
Know of a local civic-related event you'd like to publicize? Email Mary Morgan at email@example.com.
We Need Your Help!
Tuesday, Nov. 29 is what the Philanthropic-Industrial Complex calls Giving Tuesday. (Yes, it's a thing
.) So many groups are doing great work and deserve your support. We hope you'll consider CivCity in that category too!
Our ambitious plan to build a more informed, engaged citizenry relies on you. Please help support our work by contributing a one-time or monthly online donation. It's tax deductible!
Or you can send a check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104
CivCity also accepts stock donations! Contact Mary Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
What We're Reading
The Ann Arbor District Library has a great selection of civic-y books in its collection. Our reading list this month includes "Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government" by Christopher Achen (a former University of Michigan professor) and Larry Bartels.
Finally...Just for Fun
If you have a civic nerd on your holiday gift list who also loves socks, well, Modcloth.com has just the thing
. (And if we find these sold locally, we'll let you know!)
Besocked or barefooted, please share this newsletter with your friends, family & colleagues – we'd appreciate it!