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The Citizen Brief 

The “Citizen Brief”* can be understood as framework to a process to summon our fellow citizens to address the challenges confronting us as individuals, our communities and our nation. In addition to providing a framework for engagement includes multiple features to achieve the goals. Divided into sections that contribute information to create an impression and more clearly define the problems and potential solutions.

About 

The citizen brief is central to reclaiming the role of the citizen in the body politics. It is a stand-alone document addressing a particular societal challenge, i.e the opioid epidemic. The citizen brief is utilized to establish a framework for a citizen oriented treatment plan that provides a comprehensive, multi stakeholder and multi-phase road map for citizen involvement in their political ecosystem. It is best used as part of The Medical Case Presentation. The complete citizen brief provides a vision for the issue re-frames a problem, provides data, discusses the various issues and proposes actions that can be undertaken by the citizen to address the problem. These actions can be personal, social or political. The Citizen Brief is uniquely positioned to address systematic changes over time.

 

The “Citizen Brief”* can be understood as framework to a process to summon our fellow citizens to address the challenges confronting us as individuals, our communities and our nation. In addition to providing a framework for engagement it includes multiple features to achieve the goals. Divided into sections that contribute information to create an impression and more clearly define the problems and potential solutions.

A citizen-focused document, the Citizen Brief presents relevant social and political information to support social and political engagement. A complete Citizen Brief provides a vision for an issue, reframes the problem, provides data, and discusses the various issues and proposals available. These actions can be personal, social or political. Due to its emphasis on continual reassessment, the Citizen Brief is uniquely positioned to address systemic changes over time. The Citizen Brief is associated with an activist agenda to address the identified challenges and powerful barriers that stymie efforts to confront social challenges. The particular items in the Brief are linked to an action plan for citizen engagement.

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The Citizen Brief  on Shrink the Government 

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"A brief, usually an appellate brief, that utilizes economic, sociological, or other scientific and statistical evidence in addition to legal principle when presenting arguments in a case. Named after Louis D. Brandeis, who filed such a brief with the United States Supreme Court in Muller v. Oregon (1908) during his successful defense of a state law limiting the maximum workday of female laundry workers."

Brandeis brief — Legal Definition n.

The Citizen Brief   in Action

Citizen Briefs: Challenges facing the 21-century United States presents an overview of the vices of the political system. In the coming years we will address the following symptoms of the “body politic”  

  • Distrust: Distrust and alienation from the federal government and the toxic political process 

  • Inequality: Inequality of opportunity, political status, income, wealth and employment

  • Healthcare: An unjust, dysfunctional and expensive healthcare (medical) system

  • Justice: An out of control legal system, police and prison system 

  • Immigration: A broken system that has been a source of divisiveness. 

  • Environment: Failure to respond to climate change

  • Surveillance: The surveillance state: Privacy and dignity under assault by government and corporations

  • Fiscal Health: The fiscal health of the nation: The budget, debt, and deficit

  • Taxation: Unfairness of the tax system that favors the rich and well connected 

  • Infrastructure: A decaying infrastructure of roads, bridges and other public spaces 

  • Education: A declining public educational system out of reach for many Americans 

  • Declaration of War:  Lack of consensus on how the United States should undertake a decision to go to war.

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