Letter: Prescott can be the City of Civility

Thu, 2017-11-09

Editor:

Congratulations to the City of Prescott for its work to make Everybody’s Hometown a city known for its civility and its strong anti-bullying stance.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), based at the University of Arizona, launched our national #ReviveCivility campaign (www.revivecivility.org) in Tucson last May. I hope you will check out our Civility Tool Kit at www.revivecivility.org. You will find discussion guides to help you hold civil conversations both one-on-one as well as in small groups. You will also find our Text Talk Revive Civility texting platform that encourages you to learn more about civility; what it means and why it’s important whether one is dealing with friends, neighbors, classmates and/or family.

Good news that most of us don’t know is that these kind of efforts are popping up in communities all over the country. In September I participated in the March for Civility on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There were people from all walks of life, different parts of the country, representing all the diversity of our nation. Every speaker called on all Americans to work together in spite of our differences in order to move our country forward. As Sergeant Chris Frunzi of the Charlotte, NC police stated “We stand together or we fall apart at the end of the day.”

Prescott has clearly made the decision to stand together, and NICD would be delighted to work with you to strengthen existing bonds and to help build new ones.

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer,

Executive Director

National Institute for Civil Discourse

Washington