The news of the last few weeks makes us all eager to re-double our efforts to Make Democracy Work for All. Most especially, we ponder the broad scope of the First Amendment which says that
“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble . . . “
We wonder, as many have throughout our nation’s history, whether some topics are so offensive and incendiary that they should be outside the protections of the 1st Amendment. As, too, we wonder if and when civility will return to public discourse.
As to civility in public discourse, we are extremely fortunate to have Martín Carcasson as our guest speaker at Back To League Night. Martín is a very engaging CSU professor who is committed to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem-solving. Martin says,
“…we inherently cast ourselves and our tribes in the starring positive roles . . . we have a predisposition to use our knowledge and life experience as weapons in the fight to prove that we are right, and thus good. But here’s the good news: If we stop trying so hard to prove that our side is right, and consider other views as valid, our understanding and ability to build consensus grows.”
Before Martín takes the stage, enjoy some good eats and drink while we visit with new and existing friends in the League. Teams will update us on recent and upcoming activities. Notable among these is the Voter Services Team which has been busy all summer working to expand their voter registration efforts to undeserved communities, study and prepare for the November school board and Loveland city council elections, and prepare VOTE411.org for public use. Lots of opportunities to participate there!
I very much look forward to seeing you on September 12th!
Sarah Pitts- LWVLC Spokesperson