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Call for Grant Proposals: NIFI’s Taylor L. Willingham Grant for Community Public Engagement Projects

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Could you use some funding to plan or kickstart a public engagement project in your community?

Applications for small grants will be accepted until December 31, 2015, and recipient(s) will be announced by January 15, 2016.

Grants are provided to individuals to enable them to develop an understanding of deliberative democracy and launch one or more deliberative dialogues in their communities and organizations in order to advance National Issues Forums Institute’s(NIFI) overall mission, which is to promote public deliberation about national issues.

Read more and for link to download an application…

New NCoC Report: Latinos Civic Health Index (2015)

In the 1980’s, Latinos were described as America’s sleeping giant.

Latinos Civic Health IndexOver these decades, Latinos have gradually increased their civic aptitude and today are influencing the country’s civic life. With the release of the National Conference on Citizenship’s (NCOC) Latinos Civic Health Indexwe now have an in-depth understanding of Latino civic engagement across a wide range of indicators.

The report finds that Latino youth are at the forefront of increasing civic engagement within their communities. While overall Latino civic participation rates are lower than the rest of the population, improved educational opportunities, English language proficiency, and a higher than average rate of social media usage create increased avenues for youth engagement.

Two particularly interesting findings are that young Latino Internet users use social networking sites at higher rates (80%) than non-Latino whites (70%) and African Americans (75%).  Additionally, lower income Latino youth are more likely than their higher income Latino counterparts to use social media.  Combined, these points offer new opportunities for civic organizations and governments to focus on social media as a way to increase engagement.

The report, which is available in English and Spanish, can be found here.

Partner Spotlight: Research on Voting

Roosevelt’s Rewriting the Rules report continues to make waves. They just released new opinion research conducted by Democracy Corps which shows that voters have an overwhelmingly positive response to the Rewriting the Rules frame and agenda. The message of the report – which argues that comprehensive reforms can grow the economy and reduce inequality – fuels enthusiasm for the election among key voting demographics.

The opinion research, based on focus groups and a national poll, shows that likely voters soundly reject trickle-down economics in favor of an agenda to rewrite the rules of the economy, challenge corporate interests that manipulate our political system in their favor, and level the playing field to promote growth. Some key takeaways:

• More than 80 percent agree and nearly 60 percent strongly agree that “the rules of the economy matter and the top 1 percent have used their influence to shape the rules of the economy to their advantage.”
• Voters are skeptical of conservative economic principles. The term “trickle down” is greeted negatively by 45 percent of voters – more than twice the number who react positively.
• Progressive economic proposals are far more popular across the electorate, and that popularity grows when the public hears the Rewriting the Rules narrative. Voters are even more supportive when the agenda starts with reforming the corrupt system of financing politics.
For more information check out the poll memo, slides, and toplines

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