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  • David Mathews Center for Civic Life

Invitation from the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (Alabama) - Join the 2020 Civic Institute, August 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., CDT

The David Mathews Center for Civic Life, located in Montevallo, Alabama, has announced that it will be holding its annual Civic Institute on August 21, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m (CST), 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EST). The event will be held online and all are invited to attend. The theme will be Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times.

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New Issue Guide - "Immigration: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?"

This 28-page issue guide (2020) presents updated information and three options for consideration. The issue guide is available as a free pdf download or as a hardcopy order ($2.49). Companion materials that are also available include a starter video that gives an overview of the issue and options; a shorter version as an issue advisory (in English or Spanish); and a post-forum questionnaire (in English or Spanish).

From the issue guide detail and download/order page:

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Read the Report - "Talking about Health Care in a Divided Nation: A Report from the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Network"

Published in 2020, this 4-page report describes what the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums (NIF) network have learned about "what derails useful communication between leaders and the public and what promotes it."

Perhaps the principal takeaway from the NIF health-care forums over nearly four decades is that when typical Americans deliberate together, they tend to reach judgments that are reasonable, thoughtful, and possibly easier to act on than what emerges from polls and town hall meetings.

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