Why is being civic minded important? The importance of civic responsibility is paramount to the success of democracy and philanthropy. By engaging in civic responsibility, citizens ensure and uphold certain democratic values written in the founding documents. Civic Responsibility is defined as the “responsibility of a citizen”.
For those of you that are interested in learning or doing more, please find below a ongoing collection of information and resources that I have found to be helpful. these are only my current favorites, I know there are many more resources at out there! Would love to learn what inspires you!
Voting Organizations: Voting is a sacred right, let’s protect it.
Georgia League of Women Voters – For nearly 100 years, we have fought to protect the rights of eligible voters and expand access for those who’ve been left out of our democratic process.
Fair Fight – promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights
Rock the Vote – Young people face unique challenges that result in lower participation and voting rates and a lack of representation in our democracy. We empower them to get involved, register and vote and we fight to protect their freedom to vote.
Human + Civil Rights Organizations:
into america podcast is a show about everyday people, and the power politics and policy have in shaping our lives. As the nation faces a health crisis that is unprecedented in the modern era, host Trymaine Lee helps Americans share their stories. He holds policymakers to account. And he’s joined by a team of NBC News journalists to make sense of this extraordinary moment in American life. This is how America sounds. This is Into America. https://www.nbcnews.com/intoamerica
Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post. For your ears. Martine Powers is your host, asking the questions you didn’t know you wanted answered.
On Point podcast – Go behind the headlines: From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik speak with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.
Band of Brothers film They were ordinary men, swept up in the most extraordinary conflict in history. This landmark ten-part miniseries based on Stephen E. Ambrose's best-seller recounts the remarkable achievements of an elite team of U.S. paratroopers whose World War II exploits are as incredible as they are true.
13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" Watch for free, HERE.
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
"You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times