- We create forums to discuss, debate, and learn about the political process and deliberate on public issues.
- We create a transformative classroom environment – preparing students ages five to post-graduate level to think critically about the political process using small groups to problem solve and resolve conflict.
- We encourage the development of reasoned individual opinions about civic engagement and civil responsibility using our Constitution as the framework for deliberation. Some topics to consider include: US Supreme Court decisions, LGBT issues, the origins of civil rights, affirmative action, voting reform, drug law reform, school vouchers, church-state issues, civil liberties, due process, death penalty, dignity for all students, reproductive law, empowering the Deaf and hard-of-hearing, and many more.
- We interview policy makers, pundits, educators, and other people engaged in effecting public policy issues on our cable television show in Jacksonville, Florida entitled, civil discourse. See below to view recent programs.
Our Philosophy or Why We Do What We Do
The seriousness and diversity of the issues and questions surrounding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights make for stimulating debates and discussions. Civication, Inc. believes that our representative democracy works best with informed, engaged participation. We are the government and the government is us — that is, We The People means — you and me.
Think about it — the government regulates many of our daily actions, from the air we breathe to the food we eat, to which wars we will engage. Political life is the medium we live in – therefore; we need to understand the process by which our government functions and learn to enjoy being part of the process that affects each of our lives daily.
The time is right for Civication, Inc. We want to explore and discuss such core issues as the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, minority rights, the Bill of Rights, as well as the ideas of political, legal, and economic equality. We can and must continue to debate the issues of the day and know the core constitutional values and concepts that form our society.
Great Partners, Great Curriculum: The Center for Civic Education
Since the inception of the We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution program in 1987, more than 28 million students and 90 thousand educators have participated in this innovative course of study. Several Studies by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Professor Richard Brody, Stanford University, indicate that students who used the curriculum “significantly outperformed comparison students” on every topic studied.” A recent study, conducted by the independent firm RMC Research Corporation, found that students using the curriculum scored significantly higher on a comprehensive test of political knowledge when compared to their peers in comparison classes as well as university students attending political science courses. The program
enjoys the active participation of members of Congress, as well as support from professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Program participants can maintain contact with the Center and with one another through the We the People alumni network.
Service-Learning: What is Service Learning?
According to the Learn and Serve Clearinghouse:
“Service-learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service conc
eption of service-learning said that it:
- Promotes learning through active participation in service experiences
- Provides structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and/or writing about their service experience
- Provides an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
- Extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community
- Fosters a sense of caring for others (as adapted from the National and Community Service Act of 1990).
At Civication, Inc., we believe service-learning is indispensable to the success of the deaf and hard-of-hearing student. Since deaf students will most likely be working in a “hearing” environment, learning to communicate and interact with the non-deaf world is essential for success.
With a service-learning approach, the deaf students will gain valuable social skills and confidence in navigating in a professional work place. In addition, businesses will learn how deaf workers can contribute to the diversity and productivity of the work force.
We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy. The Project Citizen program is administered with the assistance of a national network of state and congressional district coordinators in every state and is conducted with the assistance of the National Conference of State Legislatures. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education by act of Congress. Additional funding at the state level is also provided by an increasing number of state legislatures.
- Lisa Clarson discusses the Florida “Stand Your Gound” Law with Angie Nixon (Professor), Dr. Henry Thomas (factual advisor) and Clive Richetts (Libertarian Party). Travyon Martin and Marisa Alexander are two cases that focus the discussion.
- Lisa Clarson discusses Contraception and Religion in 21st century America with guests Henry Thomas, John Gallo and Frieda Sarga.
- Lisa Clarson chats with Dr. Henry Thomas and Ben Weaver (aka Ben America) about the issues surrounding Occupy Jacksonville.
- Guest Host Lisa Clarson keeps the Dead Diva Workout alive!
- Guest Host, Lisa Clarson, discusses Dead Diva Workout and the need to keep your body moving at all ages.
- Ken Hurley interviews Ambassador Samuel Hart about the Gaza Strip blockade, the Freedom Flotilla, Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and solutions for peace
- Guest Host: Earl Coggins interviews Professor Casey Welch about the art and style of conflict resolution.
- Guest Host: Scott Shine interviews attorney Bill Brinton about citizens initiatives, the charter amendment and more
- Scott Shine, President of the Shine Agency, political consultant, former ethics commissioner discusses politics, budgets, ethics, priorities, and the need to be informed with Ken Hurley
- Staci Fox, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Florida discusses reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade, abortion, comprehensive sex education, STDs, budget cuts, and much more . . .
- Robert Mallory Foster, Jr., Executive Director of Young Republicans of Florida and Ryan Clarke, President of Young Democrats of Jacksonville, Florida discuss their respective viewpoints
- Guest Host Lisa Clarson discusses the Riverside Arts Market with arts visionary, Doug Coleman.
- Adam Deli, President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northeast Florida, and Ericka Thurman from People Over Politics discuss Florida Constitutional Amendments 5 and 6.
- Guest Host, Lisa Clarson, inteviews Neil Armegeon, the St. Johns Riverkeeper.
- Ken Hurley interviews Lisa Clarson, dancer, choreographer, artist, director, and creator of Big Dreams.
- Dr. Parvez Ahmed returns to civil discourse to discuss living a Muslim life in America.
- Dr. Michael Hallett, Professor and Chair of the Criminology Department at the University of North Florida discusses the Jacksonville Journey, crime, and actions for change.
- Professor Carl B. Williams, Author of No Limits: A Practical Guide for Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
- Superintendent of the Texas School for the Deaf, Claire Bugen, discusses the need and importance of residential schools for the Deaf and the National Agenda.
- State of Florida, Representative Mia L. Jones discusses the 2010 Census and her work in the Florida House of Representatives.
- Rev. Harry Parrott (Ret.) American Baptist Minister and Mr. Earl Coggins, Founder First Coast Freethought Society discuss Theism and Atheism — Building Bridges
- Annette Boyd Pitts, Executive Director of Florida Law Related Education Association
- civil discourse Austin Jan Miller, the Director of the State Bar of Texas Law Related Education and the Director of Law Focused Education Incorporated and the Texas State Coordinator for the We The People and Project Citizen curriculum; and Professor of Government, Jerry Perry from Angelo State University
- Chris Hand, Attorney, Co-Author, America The Owner’s Manual, Making Government Work for You
- Ken Hurley, co-founder of Civication, Inc, was the first guest on civil discourse Austin in December, 2009, hosted by Dvorah Ben-Moshe.
- Jay McGovern, Former Candidate for Congress, Florida’s 4th District
- Dr. David Jaffee, AVP Undergraduate Studies, Professor Sociology at the University of North Florida and Mark Szakonyi, International Trade and Logistics Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal
- Sheriff John Rutherford, Jacksonville, Florida
- Supervisor of Elections Duval County, Jerry Holland
- Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Robert Cromwell
- Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNF and Author, The Superpower Myth and The Prosperity Agenda
- Ambassador Samuel Hart
- Dr. Candice Carter, Peace Activist, Associate Professor at UNF, Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories for a Better World
- Dr. David Schwam-Barid, Associate Professor Political Science at UNF
- Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Chaiman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Earl Coggins, founder First Coast Freethought Society
- Cindy Watson, Executive Director of Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN)
- Richard Burton from the NAACP and Project REACH
- Rev. Harry Parrott, Retired Baptist minister
- Dr. Assya Pascalev, Bioethicist
- Jack Cole, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
- Doris Marlin, President of Wage Peace
- Carole Ann Steiger and Adrienne Kimmel from Plannned Parenthood
- Dr. Carolyn Williams, History Professor at UNF
- Dr. Laura Lane and Dr. Helen Jackson from Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.
- Doug Orange, Founder of Empowerment First
- Steven Stoll, Professor of American History at Florida State College
- Rev. Gary Debusk, Christ Church of Peace
- Dr. Henry Thomas, Chairman, Department Political Science at UNF
- Billie Bussard, former Florida Times-Union editorial writer
- Rodney Hurst, Activist and Author, It Was Never About A Hot Dog and A Coke
- Jessica McCaffery and Michelle Knight from the National Organization for Women
- Dr. Anthony Rossi, Professor of Biology at UNF
- Alain Raymond from Equality Florida
- Andy Johnson, activist, radio host, “Down to Business”
- Lance Corporal Lance Norman discusses applying for Contentious Objector Status
- Isaiah Rumlin, President, Jacksonville NAACP
- Marcia Ladendorff, Former CNN anchor and Honors Program at UNF
- Rev. Timothy F. Simpson, Christian Alliance for Progress
- Ellis Curry, Ex-Offender
- Rev. John Young, Unitarian Universalist Church
- Dvorah Ben-Moshe, Civication, Inc.
- Eugene V. Armao, author, Everyman: An Autobiography OR How a White South Philly Sicilian/American Republican of the Roman Catholic Faith Grew Up To Become A Suntanned Southern Liberal Democrat & Came to Write His Very Own fictional Autobiography (Whatever That Is)
- Angela Vickers, JD, Mental Heath Advocate and Author, Brain Bondage: The Delay in Mental Health Recovery
- Heather Wellman, Executive Director of Humanists of Florida Association
- Adrienne Kimmell, Executive Director of Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Inc.
- The Chaotic Kingdom. A play for children about a weary king who gives up his power in favor of three branches of government.
- What Should It Mean To Be An American?
- Idiots, Activist Judges, Civics, and the United States Supreme Court
- The Process is Due: Gitmo and America’s Constitutional Values
- Executive Powers: Spies, Lies, and Taps
- “endowed by their Creator . . .” Considering the Origins of Civil Rights
- Ra, Blue Blankies, Ghosts, Holy Ghosts, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster
- Integrity, Delusions and the Art of Spin OR a Nod To Bill O’Reilly
- The Gay Divorcee: 1001 Reasons to Seek Equality
- The Cost of Free Speech, Pulpit Politics, Moral Values Fishing, and the Big Lies
- Whoosh! Was That Our Constitution? The USA PATRIOT ACT – Safety and Freedom
- Affirmative Action: Which Action Do We Want to Affirm?
- “In God We Trust” OR In God Some of Us Trust OR e pluribus unum
- A Double-Super-Secret No-Take-Backs Discussion
- When Does A Pledge Expire? Making Sense of the Pledge of Allegiance Controversy
- Science Under Siege: The Attack on Evolution
Some of our guests on civil discourse:
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The art of promoting civic learning and civil responsibility.
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