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Tomorrow Night: Join The Village Square and Leon County for Created Equal: A Conversation about Race in our Elections | Thursday, May 26, 5:30 pm at The Moon

Are elections fair and secure for everyone? Should we be doing more?

Join an insightful and interesting conversation that examines how national and statewide perspectives on voting access and security impact our hometown of Tallahassee. As a cornerstone of American Democracy, there is a fundamental link between trust in election infrastructure and equal access to the ballot box. 

In recent years, more than 400 voter security bills have been introduced in 48 states. Yet according to experts, measures such as strict voter ID laws, restricted registration, and narrowed voting times disproportionately impact people of color, students, the elderly, and people with disabilities. This year’s Created Equal program will address this question by connecting academic experts, community members, and advocates to look at voter security and the right for all people to vote.

Meet our panelists: Dr. Sharon Austin of the University of Florida, Dr. Michael Morley of Florida State University, and Dr. Keith Parker of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and our moderator Tom Flanigan of WFSU Public Media.

Join the discussion at the 7th Annual Created Equal TOMORROW NIGHT, May 26 at The Moon, 1105 E Lafayette St. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m., followed by table conversations among attendees. Register to reserve your free seat to join us.

Thank you to The Moon for their generous sponsorship as our host venue for this program once again!

Created Equal is part of the award-winning series The Club of Honest Citizens, a partnership with The Village Square and Leon County Government.

Learn more and register for "Created Equal" at the Moon!

Meet Corey Nathan Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other 

We just met our BFF podcast. Check out how they describe themselves. Does it sound like anyone you know???

Politics and Religion. We’re not supposed to talk about that, right? Wrong! We only say that nowadays because the loudest, most extreme voices have taken over the whole conversation. Well, we‘re taking it back! If you’re dying for some dialogue instead of all the yelling; if you know it’s okay to have differences without having to hate each other; if you believe politics and religion are too important to let ”the screamers” drown out the rest of us and would love some engaging, provocative and fun conversations about this stuff, then ”Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other” is for you!

So we were truly thrilled when host Corey Nathan invited us to hang out!

Click here to hear the conversation between our founder Liz Joyner and the podcast hostess-with-the-mostest Vanessa Rowse as they discuss talking politics and religion (without killin' each other).  We highly recommend you refuse to miss another episode and subscribe now to Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other wherever you get your podcasts!

Listen to our guest spot on TP&R here!
We're delighted to be joining Florida Civic Advance for a conversation!

Friday June 3, 2022, 12-1 pm, 
Civic Lessons from The Village SquareRegister here.

Lila Jaber, FCA Board member, will moderate this discussion, and our own Liz Joyner will be joined by advisory co-chair Bill Mattox (James Madison Institute) and board member Jovita Woodrich (Volunteer Florida) to share civic lessons learned in 15 years of bringing diverse citizens together across color, creed, and ideology in a 21st century revival of the traditional American town hall. 
Learn more about Florida Civic Advance and register for June 3

Looking for some good stuff to read and discuss this summer? Join us for a Village Square and James Madison Institute Book Club at The Columns!
On Wednesdays in June and July, James Madison Institute (in partnership with The Village Square) is exploring Jonathan Haidt's best-seller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. This engaging work explains the differing moral frameworks behind much of the political and cultural division in American life -- and always seems to spark rich and animated discussion. The Village Square has largely followed Haidt's model for bridging division for almost a decade, so we're fans.
On Thursdays in June, we'll be considering some short selections from the amazing anthology, What So Proudly We Hail, The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song -- including works by Abraham Lincoln, Irving Berlin, Frederick Douglass, O Henry, MLK, Kurt Vonnegut, James Madison, and more. The Village Square's Board Advisory Co-chair Bill Mattox (who has a day job with James Madison Institute) will be facilitating these conversations on books that he is passionate about. We can't wait.
Seating is limited, so sign up soon, and invite a friend (especially one who doesn't always see things the way you do).

Sign up for the summer book club!
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