Actor Richard Dreyfus hosts bi-coastal civics discussion

ENCINITAS — The Grauer School will be one of the organizations taking part in a partnership of organizations, led by American activist and actor Richard Dreyfuss, as he hosts live simultaneous events on the East and West coasts to open a National Conversation in cyberspace regarding America’s civics crisis.
The event will be held Jan. 17 titled, “It’s Time for a Talk; The National Conversation on Revitalizing America’s Civic Culture.” The discussion will address the mood by U.S. citizens regarding our nation’s future, accompanied by the lack of comprehension surrounding the cultural meaning and heritage of America.
The West Coast event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of San Diego. The East Coast event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., from 1 to 3 p.m. Panelists will include North County resident Dreyfuss, Roy Romer, John Fund, Diane Ravitch, Richard Shenkman and Navy Adm. Bruce Boland. The public is encouraged to participate by attending the events in person or logging onto It can also be watched in real-time simulcast covered by C-SPAN.
The two-way discussion open to public participation via Internet will pose the question: “Are you comfortable, confident and at ease, or uncomfortable and uneasy, when you think of the future of the nation in 30 years?” The organizations participating include The American Bar Association, the National PTA, AARP, The Dreyfuss Initiative, The Grauer School, San Diego Rotary and Vote iQ.
“We believe that remaining ignorant of the ethical values that permeate our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights is ultimately catastrophic for the America that we were born into,” Dreyfuss said. “As a nation, we’ve become so complacent to the disconnect where no one is willing to take responsibility, that our children and grandchildren won’t know how to cope with problems we leave behind for them to sort out. This global discussion provides a forum for citizens to weigh in on the subject so that we may create a collective solution.”
To learn more about The Dreyfuss Initiative, or TDI, or reserve complimentary tickets to attend the events, visit or call (212) 222-2916. TDI works as a nonpartisan, nonprofit entity whose mission and vision is a nationwide effort to revive an enhanced study of the prepartisan tools of civic expertise necessary to comprehend and maintain U.S. democracy. TDI encourages participation from all groups throughout the country and welcomes tax deductible charitable contributions to advance its mission.

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