Our Expectations of What Civic Engagement Looks Like Don't Match Reality. Can We Fix That?

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Media Outlet: Vox

Chayenne Polimedio wrote for Vox’s Polyarchy about Americans’ expectations for civic engagement:

The election of Donald Trump has reawakened people’s desire to engage in politics.
People are eager to be connected to others who also want to make their voices heard. Activists on both the right and the left are fired up: They want to join civil society organizations, participate in their town hall meetings, protest, and engage with social media whenever an all-too-powerful executive seems to be infringing upon their liberties or attempting to roll back progress. They want to be part of something bigger.
This is definitely a moment to be seized.

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Chayenne Polimédio is a research associate in the Political Reform program at New America. She writes about American democracy and issues of representation, participation, and polarization, as well as about Brazilian politics and identity.