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Hope and Health Top Cities' Agenda


"The most important issue regarding cities is getting people to believe that things can be different," said Carol Coletta, Senior Fellow with the Kresge Foundation's American Cities Practice and luncheon keynote speaker for the second NJ Spotlight on Cities conference in Newark. Gazing at the audience of 200 urban.... Read More

A Grassroots Front Page Story Enlivens the News

As creative director of a civics-based news site featuring videos about social change, I'm asked from time to time how CivicStory decides on topics for its stories. Answer: When initiatives have 4 or 5 significant or surprising elements that are of deep...Read More

Video Gala Mixes Art, Music, & Venues

CivicStory's successful June 9th benefit program began with a fascinating 'champagne tour' of Recharging the Image: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection guided by Curator Mary Birmingham at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey... Read More

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Civics Quiz & Quotes

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How many directly elected representatives do Summit, NJ, citizens have altogether (including all 4 levels of government.)  (NB: Pres./ VP count as 1.)  

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  •  How many US states share a water or land border with the province of Ontario? 

170 nations agreed on Oct. 15 to limit or phase out the use of chemical coolants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs.) 

  •  In what city and nation was the agreement reached?
  • Which are the world's 5 largest cities, and what are their approximate populations?  

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'

"The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

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