[Libs-Or] Civics for Adults: Workshops to Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement
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Tue Jun 5 08:25:40 PDT 2012
Civics for Adults
Workshops to Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement
An Occupy Portland Our School Workshop Series
Participatory democracy is an illusion if people arent involved.
Understanding how government works, and meaningful civic engagement is
necessary, especially in these times of powerful anti-democratic interests.
We cant just give up. If anything, we have to work harder. And, be smarter.
And, work together. Thats what well do in these workshops. These workshops
Facilitator: Donna L Cohen, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. dcohen at dcoheninfo.com
Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30, June 19, 2012 July 31, 2012 [except for July 3]
Concordia University, George R. White Library [NE 29th and NE Rosa Parks
Way] Community Room [Ground floor, east end of the library, 29th St side.]
Come to any or all space holds 20; regulars and people who arrive early
will get preference
Every class will include: Topical discussions; analysis of a news
article or similar; resources; Some classes will include: Guest speaker(s);
debates [informal]; games; research [including surveys]; primary source
materials [historical and current]; designing a civic action; designing a
media item. Guest speaker topics may be on different days depending on the
June 19 - Workshop One Overview, Civic Literacy, Critical Thinking
Civics Literacy. 27% of citizens in a Newsweek poll couldnt
name the Vice-President. How is our nations civic literacy?
Civic Dialog. How to dialog
Information Literacy and Critical Thinking. How does one
evaluate information for authenticity, accuracy and usefulness? How do we
encourage critical thinking? How to evaluate poll data. Taught by an
Access to Government Information, and Quality Government
Information Resources. How to find information, and strategies for keeping
up to date.
June 26 - Workshop Two Government Basics / Citizen Rights
Quick chronology of the essential founding dates/events.
Looking at foundational documents.
What were some of the main disagreements at the founding?
Did they get resolved?
Bills of Rights. There are actually many.
Possible guest speaker legislator or local gov official.
July 3 No workshop
July 10 - Workshop Three Voting / Budgets and Taxes
Voting. Voting rights history and current state of
affairs. Voting processes. Elected vs appointed government officials.
Government revenue and spending. Budgets and Taxes. Guest
from Tax Fairness Oregon.
July 17 - Workshop Four Influencing Governments / Social Change
Influence of money on government
How to Influence Government from within
How to Influence Government from without
Guest: Senator Chip Shields
July 24 - Workshop Five 2012 Election
Tracking election and campaign finance information
Candidate and campaign information; how to find, how to
July 31 - Workshop Six Now What?
Take some action around an issue? Which? How?
Continue education efforts, be part of it?
Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd
D L Cohen Information Services
dcohen at dcoheninfo.com
Information is power....if you can find it!
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