Civility Center announcement

Akron leaders from education, government and the community are joining forces in the formation of a Civility Center for the Greater Akron Community. 

The center is being housed at the University Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and its purpose is to foster greater civility in political discourse, especially at the local and regional levels. 

Photo of Rob Portman

Republican lawmakers are defending their choice not to attend public forums with their constituents. Noting the hostility, he’s seen at these so-called “town halls” around the country, U.S. Senator Rob Portman is calling for civility. 

Ohio’s Republican congressional members were invited to public meetings around the state this week. These forums were organized by liberal groups and mostly all of the federal lawmakers did not attend. Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman didn't, and says these events, which have featured loud, disruptive protesting, are not productive.

Civility March is Planned in Kent

Jan 16, 2016
Rev. Christie Anerson
Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent / UUC website

A group promoting civility in public discourse, and opposing what it calls the “language of hate,” will be marching following the Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast in Kent today.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

The Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation & Justice came together this summer as a unified voice against racism and cultural conflict.  And, the group is planning to raise that voice again following the Portage County NAACP’s annual prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. King being held at the United Church of East Main Street.