Newark launches campaign to bolster civic engagement
BY Michael Aron, Chief Political Correspondent | November 28, 2018, 5PM ESTSHARE:
Harry Pozycki of Perth Amboy was once a politician. In 1998 he founded a good government group, The Citizens Campaign.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has been interested in civic engagement. The two came together Wednesday to declare Newark the first so-called Civic City in America.
“A Civic City is a city where all citizens have access to the skills and information that they need to experience the full measure of their political power,” Pozycki said.
The model has four components: civics in the schools; civics in the universities and online for all residents; associations of interested residents called civic trusts; and an embrace by City Hall of the concept of empowerment.