Who We Are

Heartland Democracy is a civic engagement, educational, and research group operating in the public interest. We work with people of all ages, and focus our work on boosting informed participation in democracy.


Empowering U

Empowering U helps young people better understand and articulate their values and who they are. We learn how the world works and our connections to it. We have real conversations about the importance of lifelong community engagement.



Heartland Democracy is a public education non-profit working to make our democracy more effective and inclusive. We are a non-partisan charity under the IRS’s 501c3 classification.


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Caucus Night is Tues, March 1st

The polls will be open for party caucuses on Tuesday, March 1st. This is referred to as “Super Tuesday,” with twelve states casting votes (nine via primary and three via caucus.) To participate in a precinct caucus, one must be…


Alleged ISIL Recruits Argue for ‘Combatant Immunity’

Five young men from the Twin Cities were charged last year with conspiring to leave the United States to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In October, the government added charges of conspiracy to commit murder….

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Recent Coverage in the Star-Tribune

A story ran in the January 9 Star-Tribune that profiled Heartland’s work with Abdullahi Yusuf. For a link to the article, and a list of other media coverage of Heartland, please visit our Heartland In the Press page.

In this Aug. 28, 1963 photo, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. onths before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina. Reporters had covered King’s 55-minute speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount on Nov. 27, 1962, but a recording wasn’t known to exist until English professor Jason Miller found an aging reel-to-reel tape in the town’s public library. (AP Photo)

Teaching the True Story of MLK

Melinda Anderson, writing for The Atlantic, offers an excellent perspective on the teaching social justice. She states, As the country observes the federal holiday named in King’s honor, it seems that schools are increasingly coming under sharp criticism from educators…

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Recent Report Debunks Common Immigration Myths

According to a recently published study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, immigrants are healthier, learning English faster than ever, and less likely to commit crime than native born Americans.  In a summary article, Think Progress‘s immigration reporter Esther Yu-Hsi…

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