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The Armory as Argument: Cultural Communication Practices and the (Dangerous) Prospects for Civil Discourse about Gun Violence in the U.S.

This 10-page essay by Stephen D. Konieczka, Ph.D, Educator and researcher at the University of Colorado, was written for the University of AZ’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).  After the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NICD called for essays to address the challenges of conducting constructive conversations about gun violence in the U.S. As part of their mission, NICD seeks to promote civil discourse on issues of public interest and does not take a policy position on gun violence or gun control but is committed to encouraging […] (continue)

Aim Higher, Dig Deeper

This article addresses why it is so difficult for our country to navigate the issue of gun violence and contains suggestions for starting a national conversation. It was written by Sarah Read and Dave Overfelt, both of The Communications Center, Inc. in Columbia, MO with funding from the University of AZ’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).  After the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NICD called for essays to address the challenges of conducting constructive conversations about gun violence in the U.S. As part of their […] (continue)

The Binary Problem: Marginalizing Important Issues Related to Gun Violence

This 5-page essay by Regina Kelly, a PhD student at the University of Arizona, was written for the University of AZ’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).  After the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NICD called for essays to address the challenges of conducting constructive conversations about gun violence in the U.S. As part of their mission, NICD seeks to promote civil discourse on issues of public interest and does not take a policy position on gun violence or gun control but is […] (continue)

How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities? (NIF Issue Advisory)

On February 1, 2013, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) released an Issue Advisory that contains materials that communities might wish to use in deliberating over the issues raised by the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. This “issue advisory” is not a full NIF issue guide, but a basic outline of the options, entitled How Can We Stop Mass Shooting in Our Communities? It can be downloaded here. The 4-page issue advisory was written by NCDD member Brad Rourke, a Kettering Foundation program officer. (continue)

Organizing a Community Summit on School Violence (Tip Sheet)

Everyday Democracy welcomes you to use and adapt this one-page tip sheet freely. The tip sheet lists ideas on how you might organize a one-day event on school violence. The summit they describe is intended to help a community address the issue, but also lay the groundwork for a long-term citizen involvement effort. Contact Everyday Democracy if you would like to organize this kind of an event with their help. Visit www.everyday-democracy.org for more details. Resource Link: http://ncdd.org/rc/wp-content/uploads/EvDem-OrganizingASummitOnSchoolViolence.doc (Word doc download) (continue)

Confronting Violence in Our Communities: A Guide for Involving Citizens in Public Dialogue & Problem Solving

This 1994 discussion guide from Everyday Democracy (then the Study Circles Resource Center) is designed to help you run a series of small-group dialogues that will enable participants to consider what they can do to prevent crime and violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/files/etc/ConfrontingViolenceInOurCommunities-1994.pdf (continue)

Responding to the Newtown Tragedy: What parents and educators can do to make schools safer

How should schools and communities respond to the Newtown tragedy? The Deliberative Democracy Consortium produced, in partnership with the National School Public Relations Association, a guide for discussion and action on school safety and other issues raised by the events in Newtown. (DDC executive director Matt Leighninger serves on the board of NSPRA.) A number of other deliberation practitioners (all NCDD members) contributed to this guide, including: Will Friedman of Public Agenda, John Dedrick and Brad Rourke of the Kettering Foundation, Martha McCoy, Pat Scully, and Molly Barrett […] (continue)

Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Every day […] (continue)

Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Violence has become […] (continue)

Silencing the Guns in Haiti: The Promise of Deliberative Democracy

This persuasive and interesting book is not purely a scholarly endeavor. In addition to his visible academic expertise, Irwin Stotzky is an ardent advocate for democracy and human rights. He has actively collaborated with the Haitian people in the United States by providing legal advice to refugees and immigrants. During the exile period and later, when democracy was restored, Stotzky became a close adviser to Haitian presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Rene Preval. Silencing the Guns in Haiti traces Haiti's halting and uncertain quest for democracy from the perspective of someone who played a leading part in every stage of that process. (continue)

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