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.

  • Highlights from our 2020 Fellowship Launch
    We are thrilled to welcome the 2020 Congressional Innovation Fellows! Check out photos from our launch event. New America TechCongress Capitol Hill Launch - Jason Dixson Photography - 200114 - 172507 - 8367.jpg New America TechCongress Capitol Hill Launch - Jason Dixson Photography - 200114 - 182025 - 8569.jpg New America TechCongress Capitol Hill Launch - Jason Dixson Photography - 200114 - 185820 - 8682.jpg ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2020-01-24By Aleena Khan
  • Meet the team: Brian Riley
    Hello there! I am Brian Riley, a government major in my second year at Colby College in Maine, and a research intern here for the month of January. I first heard of FairVote last spring, only four days after Tom Brady won his NFL-record sixth Super Bowl, at a talk given by FairVote’s President and CEO Rob Richie. There, I listened intently as I learned about the organization, its mission, and the promising prospect of ranked choice voting -- a process I experienced firsthand while voting in Maine’s 2018 midterm elections. At the time, I recognized the problem of wasted ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-01-24
  • Do you trust your fellow citizens more than your leaders?
    From A Swiss experiment bringing together a group of citizens to prepare an informational sheet for February’s national vote has completed its first stage. Voting up to four times a year, as the Swiss do, is a nice democratic right, but it also means keeping up with a lot of topics. Usually this means following the media, talking to family and friends, watching what political parties and campaigners are saying, and wading through information sent out by authorities before vote day. Last week, in advance of the next national ballot on February 9, 21,000 voters in the town of ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2020-01-23By News Source
  • Protect People With Disabilities: Sign On Here!
    I’m always taken aback by the cruelty of President Trump’s proposals and this time is no different. He is proposing changes to disability insurance (SSDI and SSI) that would impact an estimated 2.6 million people with disabilities, many of whom are children!  Families like Kara’s: “My son is on the autism spectrum, he has other health issues that limit what he is able to eat, and he has horrible anxiety. He’s never been able to attend a regular school—we had to pull him out at the age of 7 because he would get so anxious and have hallucinations. On top ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-01-23By Elyssa Koidin Schmier
  • Join the January #KeepMarching Online Meeting!
    2020 is going to be huge. Here are MomsRising, we are refreshed and ready to GO, FIGHT, and WIN BIG on the most critical issues today impacting our families and communities. And we know you're ready, too! To help get everyone's heads in the right space for the work ahead, we have organized an amazing discussion, where leaders on the front lines of fighting for change will join us to share their expertise on voter engagement, workplace justice, and gun control. This is where you learn, think, and get your questions answered as you make your own action plans! Check ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-01-23By Gloria Pan
  • Don’t Frost the American People. Bake in Democracy Now.
    Today as the U.S. Senate continues debating the impeachment of President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, MomsRising members will deliver cupcakes to 16 key U.S. Senators. The cupcakes will carry the message: The deliveries – to U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Todd Young (R-IN) – will begin Wednesday at 3 pm. ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-01-23By Felicia Burnett
  • Depolarizing American Politics
    [h/t Santa Fe Reporter] By Leah Cantor In a downstairs classroom of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, 10 people with often differing and sometimes opposite political beliefs sit around a long wooden table, chatting and joking as a short break in the action wraps up. They’re nearing the end of a workshop by Better Angels, an organization that brings “reds” and “blues” into dialogue in hopes of depolarizing American politics. It’s Saturday, Jan. 18—two days since the US House of Representatives presented the Senate with two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Closer to home, ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2020-01-23By Better Angels
    by Hedrick Smith It’s been a couple of weeks since our film, THE DEMOCRACY REBELLION, began airing on PBS stations across the country, and the response to these stories of grassroots political reforms has been fantastic! “Your brilliant program is the only bright spot in my day. I actually watched it on my cellphone in bed at 11 pm last night, Congratulations on showcasing the true heroes in this country.” – Polly Kosko, retired South Carolina broadcasting executive “A terrific show about the govt corruption, ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2020-01-23By hedrick
  • Engaging in tough conversations is worth it. Even if we can’t find agreement.
    In this opinion piece Bruce Bond and Erik Olsen co-founders of Common Ground Committee argued that the point of common ground is not to force an agreement on issues – it’s to foster conversations that lead to greater understanding. They also position CGC as one of many members of the common grounder movement, and a link to the 10 attributes of a common grounder is included.
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2020-01-23By sasha
  • Summer Peacebuilding Institute Scholarship Deadline: 1/31
    Our friends at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) sent out a reminder yesterday via their newsletter that SPI 2020 scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching on January 31st! This phenomenal program offered by NCDD member org, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, is an opportunity to learn from leaders in the D&D field about conflict transformation, restorative justice, and more. Courses can be taken to improve your skills or for academic credit (and they now offer an M.A. in Restorative Justice program).  Read more in the post below and on the Summer Peacebuilding Institute site here.

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    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2020-01-23By Keiva Hummel
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