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Needed: democracy movement on scale with American civil rights movement

October 1, 2010

“When the question is the civic health of elections, the government, and the nation itself, and when the electoral process is threatening to spin out of control,” writes Harry Boyte in a follow-up to his earlier post, “we need a broad movement in which the whole citizenry works to redeem American democracy.”

Acknowledging the challenges, Boyte suggests that “college students in American Democracy Project schools can take key leadership, reminiscent of the roles students played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.” What young people need in particular are clear pathways to engage in a sustained–rather than episodic–way.

Read Boyte’s full post on the American Democracy Project blog.

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