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New Jerseyans share their stories and ideas about our democracy.

New Jersey's Democracy Conversation

See what your neighbors are saying about democracy in our state.


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“Pick up garbage for your community”

Sasha , 8
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Be respectful”

Emily , 10
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Being nice to everyone you meet”

Henry , 9
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“make democracy happy”

Idannis
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Pride and fear”

Marsha , 70
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“Wide chasm of civic discourse”

Miriam , 68
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“It’s a sermon because we are talking about how we believe”

Michael , 77
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“We turn inward, harden our own beliefs”

Brian , 59
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Moral relativism ends in the chaos of every man for himself”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“We have a hard time finding common ground”

Ariana , 44
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Helping others in the smallest of ways can make a huge impact”

Maya , 14
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“To be informed about issues facing your community”

Madhura , 55
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“To help your community grow better together”

Barbara , 70
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“To give back to the community”

Faith , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Making your community a better place”

Andrea , 11
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Why live in a world you have no say in”

Azirah , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“Caring for your community and environment”

Madeleine , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Being up to date with what is happening in politics”

Erjana , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“A good citizen is aware of the whole story”

Melanie , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Aware of current events”

Eva , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Help out in society and contribute to the community”

Angelina , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Provide for the community and obey laws”

Gabrielle , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Using skills or talents to contribute to society”

Jayden , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Always involved in their community”

Amy , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Getting involved in one’s community”

Swathi , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“The lack of unity”

Gabriella , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“I can be part of a group”

Maddeine , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“It means that I have a voice in my community”

Swathi , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“to help”

Anonymous
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“takes individual responsibility”

Greg , 28
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“I was helping shape the course of our country”

Kasey , 24
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“a commitment to serve the greater good”

Leslie
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“committed to public service”

Ariel , 38
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“do service”

Maria , 51
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“active participant”

Anonymous
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Help the elderly people and the community of need”

Mina , 9
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Help the community”

Niya , 9
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“A good citizen prioritizes our interconnectedness over individualism”

Larissa , 56
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“The challenge to each of us to *listen*”

Roberta , 56
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

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