Re:Building Democracy

Feb 9, 2021

Re:Building Democracy is a series of programs created by Spokane Public Radio, KUOW and Northwest Public Broadcasting.

Democracy works best when the people being governed are engaged in civic life. That certainly was the case in 2020, a year with a lot of elements that sparked people’s passions.

Start with a presidential race featuring an incumbent who inspired strong emotions in both supporters and detractors. Add to that an already evenly-divided nation in terms of political viewpoints and a pandemic that brought huge changes to our everyday lives. With technology, people now have all kinds of avenues where they can publicly express their feelings. Sometimes they do it constructively, sometimes they inflame.

How do we keep civil discourse and facts front and center, while minimizing division and misinformation?  What have we learned about how we communicate when passions are running high and people can instantaneously express their opinions? 

Places you can find more information about civics and civics education:

The National Constitution Center
Washington Legislature's Civics Education program

The Washington legislature's Civic Education Day

Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Civics Education page

League of Women Voters for Washington

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