Updates from the LWV Civil Discourse Project

Updates from the LWV Civil Discourse Project

An image of a blue yard sign reading, "HATE HAS NO HOME HERE" in English and five other languages
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1. New Civil Discourse Fund Raising Opportunity

The Coast League, as part of its Civil Discourse project, will be selling yard signs, seen above, that say “Hate Has No Home Here”.
The Hate Has No Home Here project seeks to declare residences, businesses, and community places free from hate speech and behavior. The project began with a group of neighbors from North Park, a Chicago neighborhood characterized by its diversity of age, race, nationality and ethnicity. It encourages other communities to participate in combating hateful messages and behavior in their neighborhoods by going beyond the poster or sign. In the North Park Chicago neighborhood, they have used this opportunity to gather neighbors, start civil conversations about protecting and encouraging each other, and make plans for using resources to educate others. Each sign is $10; profits will go to the Coast League’s Civil Discourse project. Signs will be available at Lunch with League, other League events, or by contacting Petti Van Rekom at civil.discourse@lwvorangecoast.org.

2. An opportunity to influence Congress

Would you like to play an important role on important issues before Congress? The National Institute for Civil Discourse has created a new organization “Common Sense American”. Its mission is to get Americans to participate in reviewing key policies and bills before Congress. Anyone can join. Members identify issues, review briefs developed by the organization’s staff, and advocate on those issues. The time commitment is 90 minutes per year. For more information (and possibly to sign up) visit their website www.commonsenseamerican.org.


3. What’s the state of civility in the United States?

A new poll about the poor state of civility in the United States has been posted on our League’s website. The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service conducted a poll about the state of civility in the United States. The headline of their report is “Voters Find Political Divisions So Bad, Believe U.S. Is Two-Thirds Of The Way to ‘Edge of Civil War’”. They found that 8 in 10 voters want both “compromise and common ground as well as leaders who “will stand up to the other side”. Click here to read the entire report.

4. Would you share your views of Donald Trump over dinner?

The nation’s partisan divisions have deepened and grown more personal in recent years. And no recent president, from his earliest days in office, has evoked such strong feelings – both positive and negative – as Donald Trump. The intensity of sentiment has made it difficult for many Americans to discuss their opinions of Trump, especially in a social setting where others hold differing views. How would you feel discussing Trump with a group of people who have opposing views from your own? The Pew Research Center conducted a survey on this topic earlier this year. To see how your views compare with the opinions of Americans, go to https://www.people-press.org/interactives/across-the-table-would-you-share-your-views-of-donald-trump-over-dinner/


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Orange Coast - Civil Discourse Committee
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