SUNY Broome Center For Civic Engagement To Host Deliberative Discussions

SUNY Broome Center For Civic Engagement To Host Deliberative Discussions
“Political Fix: How Do We Get American Politics Back On Track?”

Given our current political climate, the continuing partisan rancor, and congressional gridlock resulting in the Federal government shut-down, SUNY Broome’s Center for Civic Engagement will host a series of community forums called, “Political Fix: How Do We Get American Politics Back On Track?”

We encourage the public to attend this free discussion at one of our Public Libraries.

Dates and Locations:
Tues, 10/29 – 5:00p to 8:00p at the Vestal Public Library
Tues, 11/19 – 5:00p to 8:00p at the Johnson City Public Library
Sun, 11/10 – 1:30p to 4:00p at Christ Community Church in Cortland
Sun, 11/17 – 1:30p to 4:00p at 1st Congregational Church in Binghamton
Sun, 11/17 – 1:30p to 4:00p at 1st Congregational Church in Binghamton
Fri, 12/6 – 2:30p to 4:00p at Good Shepard Residential Village in Endwell
Tues, 12/10 – 10:00a to 11:30a at Broome West Senior Citizen Center in Endwell
Tues, 12/17 – 10:00a to 11:30a at Johnson City Senior Center in Johnson City

The discussion will cover a number of issues facing American politics, such as:

  • The growing influence of lobbyists and special interest groups.
  • The increasing polarization and rancor of our political discourse.
  • Structural impediments, such as current redistricting laws that limit ballot choices and skew elections results.
  •  The “permanent campaign” that encourages lawmakers to focus on short-term gains instead of long-term solutions.
  • Political leaders acting in their own interests rather than serving the public good.
  • The disengagement of ordinary Americans who turn away from politics in disgust rather than getting involved and making their voices heard.

Studies regarding Washington politics have led many researchers to say that our system is “dysfunctional.” This has resulted in many Americans becoming cynical about the current state of our democracy.  SUNY Broome’s Center for Civic Engagement believes it is more important than ever to explore new ways of engaging the citizenry. Public deliberation among community members is one approach that can possibly help re-energize and repair our political system.

For more information please call 607-778-5494 or contact SUNY Broome Professors:

– SCOTT CORLEY – corleysa@sunybroome.edu
– LISA STRAHLEY – strahleyla@sunybroome.edu
– DOUG GARNAR – garnardc@sunybroome.edu

Visit the National Issue Forums website for more information on this topic:

http://www.nifi.org/issue_books/detail.aspx?catID=6&itemID=24378