For our first episode of Season 2 of the Media and Social Change Podcast — Take Action Tuesdays at Teachers College — we interviewed Matthew Camp,Director of Government Relations and a PhD student at Teachers College, Columbia University, about the college’s #TakeActionTuesday initiative and related civic engagement activities going on across campus. We recorded this conversation on Monday, November 5, 2018, one day before the closely watched 2018 midterm elections. Matt’s message is clear: Vote, AND…
Voting is a good step, an important step, but as he and others at the college urge, civic action must be, as Matt puts it, quotidian and not merely episodic.
So give it a listen and get inspired to VOTE, and… contact your representative, take part in local activities, use social media for public good, and build coalitions to have your voice – verbal and otherwise – find audiences across platforms. Have more tips for everyday civic action and engagement? Send us a message on Twitter or Instagram, or via email.
Here are links to resources and initiatives mentioned in the podcast:
- Civic Participation Project
- Reimagining Education Summer Institute
- Environmental & Sustainability Education Working Group
- Institute for Urban and Minority Education
- New York State Civic Preparation Coalition
- TC Gun Violence Prevention Working Group
- Government Relations at Teachers College
- Macon Reed, the artist who designed the “A Pressing Conference” civic action installation at Teachers College
- Teachers College Legislative Advocacy network
And if you’re connected with Teachers College, watch out for information on “How to be an Advocate” workshops on March 5, 2019. An Eventbrite link will be shared for participants to register as the date nears.
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