Civics 101: An Electorate That Thinks Critically

“If there’s one thing that Latinos have in common, it’s a complete lack of commonality.” This line in an NPR commentary by Daniel Hernandez caught my attention as I drove home from work recently. Hernandez, a Mexican American blogger in his 20s, was expressing his indignation at pundits’ stereotypical assumptions about the “Latino Vote” in the democratic primaries of Super Tuesday. As Hernandez spoke, my mind jumped to the photos that illustrate the homepage of Working Films’ multi-media curriculum project New Faces: Latinos in North Carolina – the youthful grin…

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By Kathie deNobriga Arts & Democracy Project Center for Civic Participation Fall 2007 In my work as a curator, I was excited that 200 people could sit in a dark room, see a film, be moved, and ask, ‘what can we do?’ I began to think about how to be more deliberate in getting the right people in the room. And I realized we needed good answers to that question about “what to do”, and that many of the best answers were going to be local answers. So then, Judith…