Freedom of speech is the foundation of a healthy democracy. For a democracy to thrive, citizens must be able and willing to express and exchange ideas among themselves and with their representatives in government—and to assess options and potential consequences. Deliberation ensures that conflicting views can be heard, understood, and valued. Deliberating civic issues is not natural behavior; it requires instruction and practice.
Deliberating in a Democracy was designed to promote the teaching and learning of democratic principles and the skills of civic deliberation among a new generation in the United States, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Azerbaijan. This major initiative was conducted by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles (CRF) and Street Law, Inc. with grants from the U.S. Department of Education
Place: the USA