Have you had a chance to vote yet? If you haven’t, we encourage you to make a plan that meets your own health concerns and also takes into account the information you need to make informed decisions. Many citizens make one of the most important forms of expression, voting, with incomplete information. Ensure you have a plan, given virus restrictions that have impacted the mail system and normal polling stations. Vote early if you can. Check with organizations like Vote.org to get your state level information on whether early voting is allowed, whether drop boxes allow you to avoid sending ballots through the mail, polling locations and other details.
Are you a California voter, wondering about all of the different propositions on the ballot? Check out this LA Times video overview. It provides the various (12) propositions, pros and cons, along with whose for it and against it in about one minute or less per measure.
Voting in San Clemente? Check out FAV’s two different videos on the Candidate Forums co-sponsored with the Chamber of Commerce for the 2 Year seat and 4 Year seats. Learn about your candidates before casting your ballot.
If you have voted, check out some of FAV blogs that help you think about civic engagement beyond election time. Find our most recent one here and one on invitational communication here.
Citizenship is not a spectator sport!
Steve & the FAV Team
For added perspective on the challenges of policing and interactions in African American neighborhoods, FAV recommends Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside book. Leovy adds a new voice to understanding a way forward for America with respect to police forces and violence.
Read the LA Times book review here to learn more:
The Foundation on Individual Rights in Education or FIRE
The organization annually rates colleges with respect to freedom of expression. They publish a top ten list for colleges that do not live up to the ideals of free expression, usually for a variety of reasons. They have many other resources on the website that enable serious thought about free expression.
Top ten list https://www.thefire.org/fire-announces-10-worst-colleges-for-free-speech-2016/
FIRE’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
- Mount St. Mary’s University
- Northwestern University
- Louisiana State University
- University of California, San Diego
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- University of Oklahoma
- Marquette University
- Colorado College
- University of Tulsa
- Wesleyan University
As the First Amendment makes clear – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Thus, we as responsible citizens should exercise and protect those rights for the posterity of future generations. No generation can afford to become complacent in a democracy. The end result will either be tyranny or anarchy. Stay true!