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Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging and responsibility in their student, faculty, and parent communities. Through professional support and student programs, Civic Spirit prepares the next generation to be knowledgeable, ethical, and active participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy.
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Facebook for Government: Tips, Tools, & Best Practices

Organizers: Rep19 and VoteRunLead

Your opportunity to build an online community through Facebook has never been stronger. Join us for a live webinar to learn about some of the latest tools, tips, and best practices that can help you better reach and connect with your constituents on the platform.

Jannelle Watson works on Facebook's Politics and Government outreach team where she focuses on helping state and local elected officials, political candidates and government agencies build a best in class presence on Facebook and across the family of apps. Prior to Facebook, Jannelle worked for the National League of Cities and the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Location: Webinar

Small Dollar Fundraising

Organizers: Rep19 and VoteRunLead

When millions of people from coast to coast can easily chip in a few dollars online to their favorite cause or candidate, they make it possible for anyone to run for office, no matter their background or connections! Small-dollar donors can help you build a more sustainable campaign, get more people involved in your mission, and use your money more wisely. In this webinar, ActBlue's digital fundraising experts will share with the Rep19 community how a small-dollar donor campaign is possible for any candidate — state, local, and federal — running anywhere. Topics include how to build your email list, harness the power of grassroots donors, and much more.

Location: Webinar

Photo courtesy College to Congress

"Bipartisanship is present in everything we do," writes Henson, including the 2019 College to Congress class.

How young people are modeling bipartisanship in a polarized world

Henson is the CEO of College to Congress, a nonpartisan nonprofit that provides scholarships and professional development training to college students and recent graduates seeking careers in public service.

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, a panel established this year to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the House, recently hosted a hearing titled "Promoting Civility and Building a More Collaborative Congress."

As a former congressional intern, staffer and now the founder of a nonprofit that works to create a more collaborative and effective Congress, I was thrilled to see a hunger for stronger bipartisan relationships. I was even more pleased to see elements of our program align with best practices established by experts.

College to Congress is building a pipeline of public servants that reflects the full socioeconomic diversity in America. We help Pell-grant-eligible and other students from low-income backgrounds secure congressional internships and cover all expenses associated with a summer in D.C. Bipartisanship is present in everything we do, from our board to the congressional offices we work with — even within our intern class.

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The denominations behind the effort say confrontations like this one, at a Trump rally this summer in New Hampshire, might be less angry if more people spoke to their political opponents as they would want to be spoken to.

Christian groups unite to push Golden Rule during the coming campaign

Leaders of more than a dozen Christian denominations are turning to one of the most well-known tenets of their faith for the solution to the toxic tone of political discourse in the country.

It's the Golden Rule: Treat someone as you would want to be treated. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Beginning Sunday and ending with the presidential election a year from now, those denominations will conduct a set of activities titled "Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics." (More information about the effort and guidance for how to participate is here.)

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