Civic Thinker is here - to morph into a very helpful site for those of us who want to be more knowledgeable about how our governments work, how we can influence them - in general, how to be better citizens! Nothing fancy now. Function before form.
Upcoming Civics for Adults Workshops!
Flyer describing all workshops.
Thurs. Sept 15
Misinformation and Political Propaganda We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources and other media. Learn to distinguish truth from fiction using critical thinking strategies. The workshop uses real world examples of political ads, news headlines, logical fallacies, graphs / charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information in a "what do you see here? / what is missing?" type of format. The last part is about finding accurate information. The goal is to help people become their own "factchecker".
Monmouth Public Library 6:00-7:30
Sat. Sept 17
Beyond Voting: Elections & Campaign Finance This is a unique workshop covering 20 topics related to our electoral systems and presenting specific ideas for bi-partisan civic/political engagement.
Covering: VOTING AS CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHT, VOTER RIGHTS, VOTER FRAUD, VOTER REGISTRATION, VOTER TURNOUT, FELON VOTING,
INSTANT RUNOFF ELECTIONS, REDISTRICTING, SUPERDELEGATES, ELECTORAL COLLEGE,
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE, CAMPAIGN FINANCING, SUPERPACS AND 501(C)4S, CONTRIBUTION
LIMITS, DARK MONEY, DISCLOSURE, ELECTED OFFICIALS TIME SPENT FUNDRAISING, PUBLIC
ATTITUDES ABOUT MONEY IN POLITICS, OREGON'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE DATABASE, PUBLIC
FINANCING OF ELECTIONS
Estacada Library 11:30-1:00
Resources from each Workshop
Resources from the workshop - Misinformation and Political Propaganda
Resources from the workshop - The Constitution and the Governments we live with
Resources from the workshop - Beyond Voting: Elections and Campaign Finance
"Levels of Government" worksheet
Oldies, but goodies, from 2012 - before I got sidetracked with two very large
civic projects which took me away from workshops:
My newsletter: Civics for Adults: Enhancing Civic Knowledge and Inspiring Political Engagement
My newsletter on Tax Policy and Tax Reform
From my Civics for Adults Workshops - Resource Lists:
Donna Cohen, MEd [Master of Education], MLIS [Master of Library and Information