Voting Rights and Council-Manager Vote: Update
In our last newsletter we criticized state legislative efforts that suppress voting access. The less-covered part of the story is that many other state legislators are working to expand voting access, with at least 843 bills introduced this year to do so. In either case, please remember that simply introducing a bill doesn’t mean it will pass. Our newsletter also covered the voter initiative in Austin, TX, to move from a council-manager system to council-mayor. That initiative failed 86%-14%, with a few related changes, like ranked-choice voting, passing.
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2021 Keynote Speakers and Jury Members
Youth Take on Challenges Facing Louisville & Nation
RWJF Celebrates 2020 Health Equity Awardees
AAC 2021 will feature three terrific keynoters: Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity; Honorable Lori Lightfoot, 56th Mayor of Chicago, IL; and Erika Poethig, Special Assistant to President Biden for Housing and Urban Policy, Domestic Policy Council, The White House. We also have a great jury.
Does justice look like a rehabbed bus? Or a “tricked-out trash can?” These are just two of the many ideas presented by students participating in Justicefest in Louisville, KY, on Saturday, May 22. The students spent most of the school year working on creative solutions to public issues as part of a new organization called Justice Now.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently hosted a virtual ceremony for the 2020 Health Equity Awardees. The award recognizes individuals who are making a difference to address health equity in their community through a systems change approach. Learn more about last year’s awardees and stay tuned for next month's announcement of the 2021 Awardee! 
AAC Workshop Preview
SolSmart Milestone
Join the Conversations!
Join us for some great workshops at the 2021 All-America City Awards! This year’s theme is “Building Equitable and Resilient Communities,” and will feature workshops and roundtables where attendees can learn about national programs that help communities improve equity and resilience, as well as hear about local efforts, achievements and difficulties. Get a sneak peak of two workshops.
Over 400 municipalities, counties and regional organizations have now achieved designation under the SolSmart program! These communities represent 41 states, DC, and the Virgin Islands. The League is a proud partner of SolSmart, which helps local governments adopt best practices to make it faster, easier & more affordable to go solar. Read their stories and get involved.
Looking for connection in the midst of deep division? America Talks, is a powerful two-day event that matches Americans with differing views to have one-on-one, face-to-face video conversations. America Talks is the kickoff event of the fourth annual National Week of Conversation. NWOC invites Americans to practice “Courage over Contempt” by having conversations despite differences.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

ICMA Equity Summit
Moving the Needle: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government
June 10-11, 2021

ICMA Webinar: Asking Police Chiefs the Right Questions
June 15, 2021

National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition
In-person &Virtual
July 9-12, 2021

Government Finance Officers Association's Virtual Conference
July 12-23

2020 Census Apportionment Results Announced

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

COVID-19: Resources for Individuals and Governments

National League of Cities: COVID-19: Local Action Tracker Preview

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the spring issue is June 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
What We're Reading
Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
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
CGI
Government Finance Officers Association
ICMA-RC
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation