Civic Engagement & Democratic Justice
Civic engagement – working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. From Civic Responsibility and Higher Education and the American Democracy Project website.
This fall, Beloved Community Center embraces a critical role in reaching out and partnering with community leaders, students and organizations across Greensboro in it’s effort to Get Out The Vote for the 2012 Presidential election. We urge all to get involved and “make a difference.” To that end, all who are interested in being in community to accomplish this objective please click here.
Beloved Community Center is dedicated to improving the lives of communities. Our commitment to all aspects of the community is second to none. From student groups (political, cultural, economic, educational, etc.), to community groups, community gardens, homeless neighbors, elders, PTA’s, congregations, businesses, we support the thorough involvement and integration of all members of the community into improving the richness of the mosaic that is our community.
Each Wednesday at 1:00, Beloved Community Center sponsors a “Community Table”, a space where all that can will assemble and share whatever is on their heart and mind. This effort to build community is an opportunity for factions of the community, which might not otherwise take an opportunity to exchange with each other, to sit and talk openly and candidly, with respect, to one another. This step is a critical step towards “making a difference in the civic life of our community.”
In continuation of the historic efforts of the Beloved Community Center, 2011 saw the second evolution of the Greensboro Justice Summer project, designed to expand the level of engagement in four targeted communities in Northeast Greensboro. Using the energy, creativity, dedication and commitment of ten college interns, these four neighborhoods were engaged in the process of organizing through door-to-door contact, small group yard meetings, larger community meetings, cookouts, National Night out, forming community watches, attending city council meetings and other voter education projects and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts and the formation of neighborhood associations. These efforts led to an increase in the integration of neighbors in the lives of the community and resulted in this community having a significant role in the fall electoral process.