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.

  • Creating a Welcoming Environment with Conservatives
    As people convene this week for the National Week of Conversation, we wanted to share this piece from NCDD member org, The Village Square – Tallahassee on how to build authentic relationships and civic events with conservatives. In order to truly engage the public, it’s vital to have an actual diverse group. Often times, particularly in the D&D field, the same “usual suspects” of left-leaning folks are gathered and Conservative-identifying are left out. The Village Square talks about the important lessons they have learned on how to create a more welcoming environment and create a space where Conservatives are more inclined to ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-04-26By Keiva Hummel
  • Former Members in the Press for Congress to Campus visit
        Former Congressmen give talks at GC Will Woolever Apr 8, 2018 Comments Union Record   Former U.S. Congressman William Enyart (D-IL) discusses the role of media in society at an American Democracy Project Times Talk discussion in GC’s Russell Library Wednesday. Amid the tumultuous climate of a hotly contested midterm election cycle, a pair of former U.S. Congressmen shared their views in Milledgeville this week.   For much of the past 50 years in American politics, the United States Association of Former Members of ... (Read More)
    Source: USAFMCPublished on 2018-04-25By SWitiw
  • RATES GO UP MAY 1! Champion Engagement with Democracy and Join Us at #CLDE18 in Anaheim
    Foster, empower, and magnify civic engagement in your students to create a better tomorrow Rates go up May 1 – register today! An unprecedented chapter of America’s political history is upon us and it has never been more critical to nurture engagement with democracy in our students and in our communities. Together we will work to ensure that […] ... (Read More)
    Source: ADP of the AASCUPublished on 2018-04-25By American Democracy Project
  • Regulatory Foes Try to Seize the Day
    A bill that would further burden the regulatory process may make it to the Senate Floor. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2018-04-25
  • Majority of US Voters Oppose Tariffs on Solar Panels
    A new survey finds that nearly six in ten voters oppose the new tariffs on solar panels imposed by the Trump administration, including a majority in very red districts.  However, nearly six in ten Republicans favor the tariffs. On January 22, the Trump administration imposed a tariff on solar panels in response to requests from […] ... (Read More)
    Source: Voice Of the PeoplePublished on 2018-04-25By client
  • NCDD Teams Up for Bridging the Divides Workshop in CO
    Several weeks back, I was invited by Colorado Common Cause to give a workshop at their monthly membership meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Bridging the Divide: or How to Have a “Productive” Political Conversation. This was an exciting opportunity to connect with this fantastic organization and share some of the best practices from the NCDD network on how to navigate emotionally-heated conversations. Huge thank you to all the participants who attended the event and made it an engaging experience! Another big thank you to Caroline Fry from Colorado Common Cause for inviting NCDD to come speak with their members and share some of the tools and wisdom ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-04-25By Keiva Hummel
    Carole J. Cosimano, Capitol Forum Coordinator Gather 200+ high school social studies students from across the state, add deliberation of various current high-profile foreign policy issues, combine with engaging and often passionate conversation with erudite guests who are experts in their policy fields* – and the results are an amazingly successful 18th Illinois Capitol Forum on America’s Future, which took place Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Illinois State University (ISU),  Normal. Since the start of the school year, students from 17 Illinois high schools, with their teachers,  have been researching, analyzing, and deliberating issues such as immigration, climate change, nuclear ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2018-04-24By Tarshel Beards
  • Facilitation, Organizing, and Moderation (FOAM)– a Reflection
    Bindu Poroori, Program Coordinator We are about to wrap up the last of our student capstone programs for Illinois Humanities’ inaugural course in Facilitation, Organizing, and Moderation (FOAM). A cohort of 12 artists of color who spanned medium, age, background, and race/ethnicity came together for a five-week course where they learned strategies and how to structure, plan, and prepare for group dialogue, how to be responsive facilitators, organizers, and moderators, and how to deal with challenges as they arise. Each week featured a different guest instructor with diverse areas of expertise, including members of the Covey Group, Coya Paz ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2018-04-24By Tarshel Beards
  • TAKE ACTION: Again, An AR-15
    Take Action!In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man wearing nothing but a green jacket walked into a Waffle House in Antioch, TN, and shot four people to death, injuring another four. Our hearts ache for the victims’ families and for the Antioch community.  But we are also furious that once again a murderous person reached for an AR-15, a weapon of war, and used it as it was designed to be used: to kill many people at once! Tell Congress that it must act NOW to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition. The AR-15 is the weapon of ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-04-24By Gloria Pan
  • The Story of the English Prairie: A Frontier Immigrant Community that Helped Save Illinois From Slavery
    By Caroline Kisiel, Illinois Humanities Road Scholar 2018 Assistant Professor, DePaul University School for New Learning   Learning about pre-Civil War history in grade school, I was proud that my state – Illinois – was a free state. But working in Chicago with immigrants, and moving to the UK to study made me realize that this history lesson was not exactly accurate. One day at my office in the mid-1990s, an immigrant client from El Salvador explained why he wanted to reside in the US: he talked about homes with manicured lawns, calm neighborhoods, work opportunities, a future for his ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2018-04-24By Tarshel Beards
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