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UW-Extension to host Iowa speaker from civility project
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MONROE - The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host Jessica Rose from Dubuque, Iowa's Speak Your Peace Civility Project from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St.

Speak Your Peace is an awareness campaign promoting a welcoming and vibrant community. The key message is to promote nine simple tools for practicing civility, taken from P. M. Forni's book, "Choosing Civility."

The nine tips for practicing civility include:

- Pay attention. Be aware and attend to the world and the people around you.

- Listen. Focus on others in order to better understand their points of view.

- Be inclusive. Welcome all groups of citizens working for the greater good of the community.

- Don't gossip. And don't accept when others choose to do so.

- Show respect. Honor other people and their opinions, especially in the midst of disagreement.

- Be agreeable. Look for opportunities to agree; don't contradict just to do so.

- Apologize. Be sincere and repair damaged relationships.

- Give constructive criticism. When disagreeing, stick to the issues and don't make a personal attack.

- Take responsibility. Don't shift responsibility and blame onto others; share disagreements publicly.

The event is open to the public. Those who attend can bring their lunch or pizza will be available for $5 per person.

For more information, contact Cara Carper at 608-328-9440 or