Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice


I teach seventh grade civics to adults because

our schools won't do it.


It's not your boring high school civics class.
Pat uses current events and the U.S. Constitution to explain what's happening, and why.
​With these tools, you can better understand current events, 
be an informed voter, and influence your government officials.
You can help make the world be what you want it to be.

 ​America will work for you

when you know how to make it work.
American politics are in turmoil because most Americans don't understand how their government works.

Those who understand how government 
works know how to influence it. 
Through Community Matters, I use the U.S. Constitution and current events to teach American government – civics.
I don't report the news.  I explain it.

FEATURED ARTICLE


The US Department of Education has issued a proposal to revamp the way history and civics are taught in our schools. 

They are accepting comments from the public until May 19, 2021.


My comments are linked below.

Please consider sending your comments, too.


Pat O'Malley's comments on civics education proposal.


Read the proposal and submit your own comments.
















Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting    ~    Community Matters
412-310-4886    ~    info@patomalley-consulting.com
Copyright Patricia A. O'Malley    ~    All rights reserved
Established 1993

Civics is

the study
of the structure and function
of government,
and the rights and duties
of citizens.


  • It looks at the ways that our governments are organized, how they're supposed to work, and how they really do work.

  • Civics is an essential, but neglected, area of our education. 

  • The government operates by a set of rules.  

  • We have the right and responsibility to participate in our government. 
  • However, we can't participate fully if we don't know those rules.


I've been writing Community Matters since 2008.
Here are my most recent articles.

Congress Doesn’t Certify or Reject Electoral College Results

That’s not their job.

The United States Constitution controls everything our governments do. 
Yes, the Constitution says that all federal, state, and local laws must adhere to the Constitution. 

It does not say that Congress “certifies” the Electoral College results.
It does not say that Congress can reject the results.

How to Fix America’s Police


Abolish the blue supremacy cult.

Conscious Americans of conscience struggle to break the malicious forces that occupy our cities and subjugate our citizens.  We battle at the dinner table, on the streets, in the media, and in our legislatures.  Meanwhile, Americans who have sworn to uphold the Constitution violently assault and kidnap civilians exercising their first amendment rights.  America has reached its Rosa Parks moment.​


Teachers and Journalists Create

Americans' Political Ignorance


I wish we could sue them

for malpractice.


​On January 6, hundreds of Americans invaded the US Capitol, determined to stop a process that doesn’t exist.  Some sought to murder certain members of Congress.  Five people died, hundreds were injured and terrorized, and the Capitol was trashed because our schools refuse to teach what Americans need to know.  And our journalists spread those lies.​

Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.