To help you organize and animate your Cocktail Party Civics (CPC) Meetup Everywhere event, we have created a series of two-page Conversation Starter Handouts, available for download right here, right now!
These handouts reflect OVF's belief in "politics without the rant." We take the stand that politics should be actively discussed amongst friends and those we meet - without partisan political groups deciding the agenda. You can lead a discussion about politics that isn't polarizing and you can participate in a discussion about politics that isn't hostile. Imagine that!
CPC is about being an informed citizen who fully participates in the electoral process, no matter who you are or where you are. Let's break free from partisan shackles - and start talking.
"Let us not forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country."
Thirty-second U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1882-1945)
This is the heart and soul of the U.S. political system: the American voter; in short, this is you.
Cocktail Party Civics (CPC) - Conversation Starter Handouts
Getting together with other U.S. citizens to discuss some the CPC topics may be an eye-opening experience! OVF has selected themes that reveal the foundations for governmental action in a variety of arenas, and each Handout is as relevant and contemporary as the next.
- Federalism in America - [pdf download 300KB] - As a U.S. citizen, you are actually subject to the laws (and taxes) of multiple governmental bodies. This Handout explains how (and why) we have more than one "government" in America.
- Where’s the Party? - [pdf download 250KB] - While you may think this is a Handout about the differences between the Democrats and Republicans, it actually explains why two political parties control the U.S. government today.
- Who Makes American Foreign Policy? - [pdf download 234KB] - Is it the President? The Pentagon? The State Department? Congress? All of the above? Download this Handout and find out!
- Presidential Elections and the Electoral College - [pdf download 388KB] - The debate continues about the value of the Electoral College. This Handout will let you chime in with your own opinion when 2012 comes around!
- Crazy about Elections - [pdf download 370KB] - Ever wonder what a "runoff" election was? Or what kind of electoral system we have? There is more to the world of elections than just the primary and general elections! This Handout will help you get a grasp on the basics.
- Your Right to Vote and How it Travels - [pdf download 250KB] - This is an important Handout for our overseas and military voters. There are many misconceptions about what is needed to vote under your special circumstances. This Handout will give you all you need to get registered and voting!
- Congress and the US Military [pdf download 300 KB] - "Civilian" authority over our Armed Forces extends well beyond the President! This Handout explains how power is shared between Congress and the President when it comes to military matters.
- Voter Info: Military and Overseas Voter Bill of Rights [pdf download 415 KB] - Your rights and responsibilities as an absent military or overseas civilian voter. This document was prepared for the Alliance of Military and Overseas Voting Rights. Although never "officially" adopted, it provides some valuable facts and information for overseas and military voters.
- Introduction to CPC: a Guide for Cocktail Party Civics Organizers - [pdf download 285 KB] - This is a must-have for our Organizers! Or if you interested in organizing a Cocktail Party Civics Event! Download and print this Handout and see just how easy it is to create an event in your area!
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