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Civic Engagement

VOICES: How collaborative funding practices transformed civic engagement in Georgia

Tamieka Atkins

Contrary to mainstream media portrayal, Georgia did not rise to national prominence in civic engagement overnight. Its achievement came through hard work by vast numbers of grassroots organizations — and through funders who worked with them as equal partners while encouraging innovation.

Tennessee voting rights activists fight new registration restrictions

Rebekah Barber

They are turning to the courts to challenge a controversial new state law that imposes civil penalties on groups and individuals who submit incomplete voter registration forms. The law was passed after a successful effort to register more young people and African Americans for the 2018 midterm election.