Daily Resource Highlight - 09/19/2022

Posted by on September 19, 2022 at 2:43 PM

Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.

September 12, 2022 - Season of Midterm Events

As we move past Labor Day, the coming weeks are filling up quickly with new things to do. There are new routines of workplaces and schools, yet there is also a sense of urgency leading to the 2022 midterm elections. In the Fulcrum “Your Take” last week, we asked about your preparation for the election. Readers responded to questions on how they would help increase voter turnout among their own connections as well as how they believe our systems can be changed to make the voting process easier.

One organization Power the Polls, has created a recruitment week to raise awareness about this vital need. They work directly with election administrators to identify the most pressing needs for poll workers across the country and match those looking to volunteer with the resources to do that. They especially need Spanish-speaking and other language poll workers.

Many organizations in our community have events this month, notably:

Hopefully, you can find a couple of events that resonate with you and help you find a sense of community and grounding as we head into what will undoubtedly be a busy and important fall season.

September 15, 2022 - The Season of Civic Opportunities

In today’s featured Fulcrum post, David Meyers lays out a calendar of civic events and opportunities, all the way to Election Day. In the midst of Power the Polls week, today is Democracy Day, and this weekend we celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day. And next week is National Voter Registration Day.

We are navigating this season in the midst of a political environment with more animosity and partisanship than we have experienced in recent history. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have reason to remain optimistic that we have common ground with each other. There are many areas of consensus in this week’s resources.

The American Conservation Coalition is discussing the emerging bipartisan climate playbook. Convergence released consensus recommendations for reimagining care for older adults from across the political spectrum. And Voice of the People and the Program for Public Consultation’s latest policy simulation survey shows that bipartisan majorities favor funding substance abuse treatment for all who want it.

Meanwhile, Team Democracy is using the International Day of Democracy as an opportunity to promote its Safe and Fair Elections Pledge and invite political candidates, organizations, and citizens (like you!) to commit to free, fair, and secure elections. There is good reason to believe that the youngest generation of voters will demand a new era of voting, with ranked choice voting gaining momentum.

Perhaps as we learn to live with COVID in our society and return to in-person convenings, we will find even more common ground. Remember that even one person engaging in authentic dialogue with another person can lead to meaningful change.