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Fulcrum Op-Ed Highlights Need for Democratic Decision-Making in and out of the Classroom

March 24, 2021 Comments Off on Fulcrum Op-Ed Highlights Need for Democratic Decision-Making in and out of the Classroom

Building on findings from our new report Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19, Interim Co-President and Director of Research David Schleifer describes how schools can not only be…

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People-Led Recovery: Three Ways the Philippines Built Back Better After the World’s Strongest Storm

March 22, 2021 Comments Off on People-Led Recovery: Three Ways the Philippines Built Back Better After the World’s Strongest Storm

In the Philippines, “build back better” has been a rallying cry for hundreds of thousands of families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. For many, however, post-disaster recovery has been a case of “building back bitter.” Beyond stories of bitterness, there are stories that bring the principles of “building back better” to life. Worth spotlighting is Pope Francis Village—an in-city housing resettlement site considered a global role model for post-disaster reconstruction.

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Making it Count: Civic Participation and Census Success in Philadelphia

March 8, 2021 Comments Off on Making it Count: Civic Participation and Census Success in Philadelphia

The Constitutionally-mandated U.S. Census has significant economic and political implications, including determining how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next decade and the amount of federal funding communities receive for roads, schools and other social services. That’s why the city of Philadelphia chartered Philly Counts 2020, an organization formed from a team of innovative researchers, well-connected activists and civic leaders, to promote Philadelphians’ participation in the 2020 Census.

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx

March 2, 2021 Comments Off on How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx

New Yorkers are serving their communities in several ways. They are checking in on their elderly neighbors, serving in their local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples; coaching pee wee soccer, and fundraising for their parent teacher associations. However, when you look at the national data on volunteerism, New York City (NYC) ranks among the lowest in the country. 

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Op-Ed in The Fulcrum Emphasizes Learnings from Abroad to Improve U.S. Democracy

February 24, 2021 Comments Off on Op-Ed in The Fulcrum Emphasizes Learnings from Abroad to Improve U.S. Democracy

As the Healthier Democracies initiative gains momentum, Public Agenda’s Interim Co-President and Director of Public Engagement Matt Leighninger discusses how the U.S. can use lessons from other countries to improve…

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Community Voices for Health Digital Collaboration Workshop

February 18, 2021 Comments Off on Community Voices for Health Digital Collaboration Workshop

On January 13, 2021, Public Agenda hosted a workshop as part of the Community Voices for Health initiative, sharing strategies on how to create more collaborative, engaging, and effective digital…

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Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: BIPOC Women Leading Disaster Recovery

February 9, 2021 Comments Off on Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: BIPOC Women Leading Disaster Recovery

Join Nicole Cabral, Associate Director of New York Engagement Programs at Public Agenda, in conversation with Maria Garrett, President of the Fresh Creek Civic Association in Brooklyn, New York; Myrtle Phillips, President of Grand Bayou Families United in Grand Bayou, Louisiana; and Daphne Viverette, former Community Development Director of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. 

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Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19

January 28, 2021 Comments Off on Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19

New research from Public Agenda finds teachers and parents largely in agreement on crucial issues related to education and COVID-19 at a moment when in-school learning and vaccinations are top…

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Violence at the U.S. Capitol, Distrust in Politics and the Mission of Public Agenda

January 15, 2021 Comments Off on Violence at the U.S. Capitol, Distrust in Politics and the Mission of Public Agenda

The peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of our system of government. By any measure, the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was unacceptable.…

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Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: Creating an Accessible Virtual Meeting Space

January 14, 2021 Comments Off on Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: Creating an Accessible Virtual Meeting Space

The pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our lives and created vast distances both physically and emotionally for people. For many, the only way to keep in touch and work is through a variety of digital platforms. However, for people with disabilities these platforms can pose challenges. Many have not considered issues around equity and inclusion for persons with disabilities and for persons without access to broadband or smart phones.

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