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SCRC Launches DemocracySpace.org Blog

Picture from DemocracySpace.orgThe Study Circles Resource Center has a great new blog – and I learned about it on our own new Members Network tool! Is this a sign that the D&D community is becoming comfortable with online technology? Seems we’re moving in that direction, and quickly! But anyway, SCRC’s new blog, DemocracySpace.org, is really worth a visit. SCRC’s longtime writer, Julie Fanselow, is organizing the blog, and there’s already a slew of interesting and well-written posts on the blog, and it looks like it just launched on the 10th.

Below is an excerpt from today’s news roundup for the week (Julie plans to do this most Fridays) to give you a taste of what this blog has to offer. As someone who has posted to blogs for years now, I admire the work and the knowledge that goes into a post like this. Julie welcomes you to send her stories about collaborative community action to post about (email her at jfanselow@studycircles.org).

Yesterday’s march in Jena, La., made big news, as thousands of people gathered to protest the disparities between the cases of black teens initially arrested on attempted murder charges for beating a white peer, and white teens who faced no criminal charges after hanging nooses from a tree on their high school grounds. African-American bloggers (including Eddie G. Griffin, Dallas South, Skeptical Brotha, The Super Spade, and many others) were in the forefront of bringing the Jena Six saga to national attention, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers now says he plans to hold hearings in the case.

USA Today reporter Richard Willing tells how “Protestants and Catholics, once mortal enemies but now partners in Northern Ireland’s fledgling government, have begun a new mission: helping Shiites, Sunnis and members of other strife-torn societies to resolve longstanding religious and ethnic conflicts.” The Irish delegation met with Iraqis in Finland this month, and will meet with Israelis and Palestinians in October. Can the power of dialogue bring peace to some of the world’s most intractable conflicts? Read more here….

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Sandy, thanks so much for mentioning our new project (and thanks to my colleague Amy Malick for posting word of it here at NCDD)!

    With my new role at SCRC, I have joined NCDD – something I'd meant to do for years. I will also join the NCDD members' network so I can better keep everyone up to date on what we're posting at DemocracySpace.org. I certainly do welcome stories from communities who are using study circles or other D&D tools to create positive change.

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