News from the Community

The following news items are an aggregation of RSS feeds taken from over 60 websites across the web.  They represent member organizations from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, the Bridge Alliance, and supporting organizations of the Transpartisan Review.  Although not all items reflect transpartisan news and opinion, the following feed offers an interesting snapshot of the work of organizations who pursue a mission of sharing meaningful ideas and lasting solutions to our most pressing problems.

  • Top #5Actions for This Holiday Week: November 27, 2020
    The holidays are upon us, and many of us are getting creative and practicing flexibility to connect from a distance with family in new ways because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the pandemic hasn’t just challenged the way we celebrate; it’s also turned up the pressure on families whose health and paychecks have been devastated by the pandemic and who need relief NOW. You can make a real difference with the actions below. From sharing your own COVID-19 stories, to writing letters to the editor with our easy tool, to calling Congress, these actions now will immediately dial up the ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-11-25By Anita
  • Support Women and Families Struggling This Thanksgiving
    Each week the AIT community receives #TakeActionTuesday with tips for creating impactful change in their community and beyond. From new online tools, to pending policy updates, subscribe today to make sure you don’t miss these action-oriented recommendations. 2020 has been a challenging year, between COVID-19, America’s reckoning with race, and a Presidential election – it’s been a year of big challenges, frayed nerves, and raw emotions. And for many women, it’s been particularly difficult.  Huge numbers of women forced to leave the workforce are struggling to deal with extraordinary burdens of care.  As the New York Times put it, ‘Other countries have social safety nets; the U.S. has women.’ The pandemic ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2020-11-25By Kierra Powell
  • In This Together A Partner Group To TBOR Explains GA Senate Runoff Elections
    From one of our partner organizations In This Together. UNDERSTANDING THE GEORGIA SENATE RACES Georgia, unlike most states, requires their senators receive a majority of votes rather than a simple plurality. This means that the winner must receive more than half of the votes cast in their election in order to win. If no candidate gets half of the vote, then the two candidates receiving the largest number of votes participate in a runoff to decide who occupies the seat in the Senate.  This election cycle, the runoff is scheduled to take place on January 5, 2021. WHAT IS A RUNOFF ELECTION? SOURCE: ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2020-11-25By Justin Hill
  • WEBINAR RECAP: Voter Turnout in the 2020 Elections
    It’s been said it before, but it bears repeating… this past election, was the biggest in over 120 YEARS, with a record-breaking 160 MILLION American’s turning out to vote! In addition to celebrating such high turnout, in this webinar, we conducted a deeper insight into the demographics of this election, breaking down the data captured through early voting periods, up until Election Day. Additionally, we discussed the wide-spread use of newer voting methods, such as extended early voting periods and mail-in ballots, introduced this year as COVID-safe options. Across the board, these trends have been particularly popular with voters and therefore are unlikely to ... (Read More)
    Source: Nonprofit VotePublished on 2020-11-25By Kimberley Carroll-Cox
  • Thinking Ahead: New Podcast from ICE Cofounder Carter Phipps
    Recently, I fulfilled a long-held dream and launched a podcast, Thinking Ahead. The weekly show explores the movements, trends, people, and ideas that are shaping our evolving world–a description that’s broad enough to encompass my many eclectic interests. As an unapologetic generalist, I love having the opportunity to interview a diverse range of thinkers, from business and politics to science and technology to consciousness and spirituality. I also love having a new justification for my insatiable book-buying habit. The podcast is also a critical forum for advancing and exploring the ideas and political approaches that this Institute was founded to ... (Read More)
    Source: Institute for Cultural EvolutionPublished on 2020-11-24By Carter Phipps
  • 2020 Campaign Spending Goes Through the Roof
    Washington – The flood tide is still rising, but already the Mega-Money tsunami of Election 2020 is going into the record books as the most expensive election in American history with the biggest flow of dark money ever funneled anonymously to candidates – $750 million, up from a minuscule $5 million a decade ago. With final spending reports yet to be filed and another $200-$300 million pouring into Senate runoff elections in Georgia, the campaign price tag for 2020 has already hit $14 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics which tracks political money. That record sum is more ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2020-11-24By hedrick
  • Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground
    In this piece written for THE HILL, Common Ground Committee co-founders Bruce Bond and Erik Olsen argue that politicians and the media are taking the wrong lessons from a divided electorate During a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, leadership should be driving their members to find solutions not to stubbornly stand their ground. This election voters turned out in record numbers. Mail-in ballots alone exceeded the number of Americans who voted in 2016. Polling seemed to indicate that we would see a strong repudiation of President Trump and the Republican party. But while ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2020-11-24By sasha
  • Democracy Rising
    We have an all new podcast this week! On this episode of Breaking Through we cover what’s happening with vote counts in battleground states including Pennsylvania; the powerful organizing by Black Voters Matter to get out the vote and move policy forward; the incredible impact of #LatinxVotan and the latest on what's happening with jobs and unemployment insurance in America.    This weeks's special guests include: Dr. Lara Putnam, professor at the University of Pittsburgh (@PittTweet) , Brittany Smalls; Black Voters Matter (@BlackVotersMtr) Elizabeth Pancotti of Employ America (@employamerica) and our own Xochitl Oseguerra of MomsRising/MamásConPoder (@MamasConPoder)   Tune in where ever podcasts ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-11-23By Amber Dorsey
  • Antiracism, Blackness and What Killed Michael Brown | Shelby Steele with John Wood, Jr.
    Shelby Steele has been one of America’s most important Black conservative voices for more than a generation. His recent documentary film “What Killed Michael Brown?” critiques the mainstream narrative surrounding the death of Brown, a tragedy which spark protests for social justice across America.  But does Steele see any legitimacy in the new antiracist movement? And what does it mean to be Black in America? John Wood, Jr. puts forward the questions in this deep diving conversation on politics, culture and race in America. www.braverangels.org Twitter: @JohnRWoodJr @braverangelsFacebook: @braverangelsInstagram: @braverangels The post Antiracism, Blackness and What Killed Michael Brown | Shelby Steele with John Wood, ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2020-11-23By Braver Angels
  • Why 2020 Broke Voter Turnout Records
    The historic 2020 election — which saw over 160 million voters turnout — didn’t start with the series of primaries earlier this year or even the series of candidate debates in 2019.  For election officials and directors, the 2020 election started much, much earlier. “There’s this idea that election officials wake up a couple months before a general election and are like ‘I know what I’ll do, I’ll put on an election,’” says Amy Cohen, Executive Director at the National Association of State Election Directors,”but really preparations started years ago.” Four years ago to be precise. That’s when election officials ... (Read More)
    Source: Nonprofit VotePublished on 2020-11-23By James Hill
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