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  1. Who, We? The People’s Guide to the Ballot Box

    Mathews Center staff have compiled an A – Z list of resources, histories, and terms related to the voting process. Whether you’re an avid voter, ineligible to vote, or uncertain about the choices on the Nov.6, 2018 ballot, our call to action is this: find a way to play your part. Before, during, and after every election, everyone has a role in the community.
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  2. Leaders Are Everywhere

    After a series of Coaching Community Innovation workshops with active community engagers in Alabama, here are some promising practices for strengthening local community networks. Read More »

  3. Good Fences

    The older I get, the more convinced I am that the space between people who are trying their best to understand each other is hallowed ground.  

    – Fred Rogers Read More »

  4. Remembering Us

    2017-18 Civic Fellow Jessica Holdnak reflects on the shared power of a history in which we can all see ourselves.     Read More »

  5. The Kids are Alright

    “If we represent knowledge as a tree, we know that things that are divided are yet connected. We know that to observe the divisions and to ignore the connections is to destroy the tree.” – Wendell Berry Read More »

  6. Immersive Civic Learning in Alabama

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that seeks to promote effective civic engagement, active citizenship, and community collaboration. Read More »

  7. Civic Resolutions for a New (School) Year

    August has often struck me as a season of fresh starts for educators: new school year, new students, new professional development opportunities, perhaps even a new curriculum. During January of this year, the David Mathews Center staff identified our Civic Resolutions – ways that we were going to strive personally and collectively to contribute to the communities where we live. While January was a wonderful time to reflect on personal Civic Resolutions, August seems like a fitting time to reflect on Civic Education Resolutions. Read More »

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