One of the statements by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson that caught my attention during her confirmation hearings was her response when being pressed for an opinion on a political issue: "I'm a human being and I have an opinion on a lot of things. The reason why, in my view, it is not appropriate for me to comment is because of my fidelity to the judicial role." I’m sure that many city and county managers, agency workers and even elected officials frequently feel the same way. Our role is often to listen and do, not to opine.
President, National Civic League
5 Students Awarded Pforzheimer Grants
Empowering Youth Advocates
 Kettering Foundation Welcomes New President
The National Civic League has awarded Pforzheimer mini-grants for research on civic engagement and local governance to five students from three universities. The grants will help cover research and travel costs for students analyzing particular aspects of public administration and community work. Read more.
Each year, the Aspen Institute partners with community leaders, educators, and high school students in a different city to confront some of the world’s most pressing issues in the form of the Aspen Challenge. The program equips high school students to become civic leaders, now and in the future. Read more.
Sharon L. Davies, J.D. has been selected as the Charles F. Kettering Foundation’s new president and chief executive officer. Prior to the selection, Davies held a variety of leadership posts at Ohio State during 22 years of service on the faculty of the Moritz College of Law.
National Effort to Address Toxic Polarization
PACE's Civic Language Perceptions Project
Citizen’s Guide to
Town Meetings
There are several opportunities for Americans to converse with those of different backgrounds and beliefs to repair our frayed social fabric. America Talks (April 21 & 23) invites Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs to connect one-on-one or in small groups. America Talks is powered by over 150 nonpartisan, bridge building organizations and promoted by media partners. National Week of Conversation April 24-30), invites Americans to find their place in the bridging movement with events hosted by over 80 bridging organizations.
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) recently announced the initial data findings from the first phase of their Civic Language Perceptions Project. This three-phase effort seeks to understand how people perceive language associated with civic engagement and democracy. Data will be expanded through robust qualitative analysis over the remainder of the project, to more deeply understand the role language plays around this work and provide recommendations on addressing the disconnect.

Town meetings are a time-honored tradition in Massachusetts, representing the purest form of democratic governing. For over 300 years the Town Meeting has proven to be a valuable means for many Massachusettsans to voice their opinions and directly effect change in their communities if they know how to effectively participate. To help residents engage and participate, The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth recently released a booklet outlining the forms and procedures used in Massachusetts Town Meetings. Read more.
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National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
Summer Session Proposals Due April 8th

RWJF-National Civic League Health Equity Award
Applications due April 15th.

GFOA Annual Conference- Austin, TX
June 5-8, 2022

NCDD Event Calendar
The calendar lists upcoming events related to dialogue, deliberation, and civic engagement.

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the fall issue is June 15th. 
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Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Delray Beach, FL
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
El Paso, TX
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Pitt County, NC
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wheat Ridge, CO
Wichita, KS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Government Finance Officers Association
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
MissionSquare Retirement
Murray and Agnes Seasongood Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National Collaborative for Health Equity
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Next Fifty Initiative
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation