Welcome to 'By the People'

Whether you know us through the Jane Addams School, Public Achievement, Minnesota Works Together, or our efforts on the West Side of St. Paul, we are the Center for Democracy and Citizenship. All of our work is grounded in the belief that a healthy democracy requires everyone’s participation, and that each of us has something to contribute.

It is our intention that this blog, By the People, will keep you informed—and inspired to get involved—with real-life stories of civic engagement that works, reflections on democracy, and suggestions and examples of how policy makers, elected officials and citizens can work together to solve public problems and build the common good. The name of the blog comes from President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech at Gettysburg, where he described a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.—Abraham LincolnGettysburg Address
November 19, 1863

We hope you’ll help the blog live up to its name, and add your own perspective and ideas by posting comments. We’ll occasionally feature guest bloggers, and are interested to hear your suggestions for topics and useful links. This is our way of keeping you connected to the work that you have something to add to—so don't forget to join us.


Thank you all so much for your hard work in getting this blog off the ground.

It was great to work with you as collaborators in the initial period of planning and production and I look forward to assisting you in making this blog a great resource for anyone and everyone interested in civic engagement!

Keep up the good work!

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs