[Libs-Or] Civics for Adults: Workshops to Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement

Donna Cohen dcohen at dcoheninfo.com
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 aren’t involved.
Understanding how government works, and meaningful civic engagement is
necessary, especially in these times of powerful anti-democratic interests.
We can’t just give up. If anything, we have to work harder. And, be smarter.
And, work together. That’s what we’ll do in these workshops. These workshops
are free.

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
guest’s schedule!

June 19 - Workshop One  	Overview, Civic Literacy, Critical Thinking
		Civics Literacy. 27% of citizens in a Newsweek poll couldn’t
name the Vice-President. How is our nation’s 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
information professional.
		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
Portland, Oregon
dcohen at dcoheninfo.com
Information is power....if you can find it!

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