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CSD Newsletter – June, 2013

June 13, 2013

CSD logo mediumThis month brought some interesting headlines from the government, and ones that we will be keeping an eye on. The actions of the IRS and NSA this past month reinforce the fact that the government is not beyond reproach. One way to begin creating lasting change is by having conversations with people. Let them know how you feel, and why you feel that way. Then they could be compelled to go and talk to others. It’s an amazingly simple process but one that has proven successful throughout history.

As such, it is also incredibly important that we mention the National Dialogue on Mental Health. Some great organizations have gotten involved (including AmericaSpeaks and Everyday Democracy, which are both represented on the Campaign’s leadership board), and the conversations they began last week will continue throughout the summer. This conversation is an incredibly important one to be having, as it is all too frequently brushed under the rug.

Stay tuned for some big news from the campaign in the coming weeks. Thank you for reading, as always.

Executive Director

Posts to Read and Discuss on our Blog

  • A National Dialogue on Mental Health: This month the White House kicked off a national conversation on mental health with a day long conference dedicated to showing what the administration will be doing to further the conversation. Deliberative democracy groups like our friends at AmericaSpeaks, Everyday Democracy, NCDD, and the National Institute for Civil Discourse will be picking it up from here, coordinating local conversations on the very important subject.
  • The IRS scandal and democracy: Last month’s IRS scandal had a ripple effect beyond the agency itself. It created conversations about the impact of Citizens United, money in politics, nonprofit policy, and the history of federal nonprofit designations.
  • Thoughts on liberal-conservative dialogue: We listened in last month to NCDD’s Confab call on liberal-conservative (or “red-blue”) dialogue. We go over some of the takeaways from that conversation in this post, which includes the idea that discussions need to be framed appropriately, and must be hosted by trusted conveners.
  • Talk to People: Brandon recounts a conversation that he had with a couple of friends over the NSA controversy. Ultimately, one way to reach people is by talking to them. It seems simple, but sometimes we tend to forget.


Five Things You Must Check Out

  • Better Together in the South (Applied Research Center): Check out the new briefing paper from Applied Research Center, which covers the year-long cohort of racial justice and LGBT groups in the U.S. South. The paper shares strategies for advancing change in the South and beyond.
  • The Real Mismatch (Slate): Lee C. Bollinger writes in Slate that the Supreme Court should not force universities to disown affirmative action for socioeconomic diversity, saying that both are vitally important for institutes of higher education.
  • Young Women Drive Turnout (CIRCLE): New analysis of final 2012 election data shows that young women drive young voter turnout, and have since 1972. Young African American women had the highest turnout rate of any gender and racial or ethnic group of young people.
  • Sports Welfare Dies Hard (Sports on Earth): Patrick Hruby takes a look at the behind the scenes lobbying and money being provided to professional sports teams and private colleges for new stadiums. Something to think about next time a new facility breaks ground in your city.
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