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Lessons in civic power with host Eric Liu

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Citizen University TV offers an up-close look at lessons in civic power and engagement.

Eric Liu is founder of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Program on Citizenship and American Identity. He was a speechwriter and deputy domestic-policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is the author of You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen and A Chinaman's Chance, and co-author of The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot. For 11 years, Eric interviewed hundreds of Seattle's leaders for Seattle Voices on Seattle Channel. He is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for 

Citizen University TV: Getting local government to do what you want
Citizen University TV: Getting local government to do what you want

How do you get city hall to listen to your concerns? As we continue this season's civics lesson, host Eric Liu explains how to get the attention of local powerbrokers and what to do once you have their ear. He highlights successful workers' rights campaigns and talks with Clara Cantor of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, a volunteer organization that advocates for safe streets. Cantor recounts the long road to a recent victory that will result in improvements to Seattle's bike network.


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