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.

  • Another fresh start….
                  Regardless of which political party wins, every inauguration brings with it new hope, new possibilities, and renewed calls for unity and civility, along with a dose of skepticism and displeasure from those among the losing party.  The proportion of hope to skepticism and/or outright resentment may vary from administration to administration, but these are the realities of the dynamic that is ours in the United States.               While the calls for unity stretch back decades, the calls for civility have grown louder in the last twenty years or so.  When the Institute was first launched in 1998, no ... (Read More)
    Source: ICGPublished on 2021-01-27By cassandra.dahnke
  • 3 strategies to improve vote-by-mail signature forms
    Poor design and confusing language can lead voters to make mistakes which mean their ballot may be rejected. So what simple changes can election officials implement to create a more successful voting by mail experience? This post is based on research led by Sean Isamu Johnson that explored how applying the principles of plain language to vote-by-mail envelopes can improve readability and simplify content. 2020 was a big year for vote-by-mail. As we worked with states and counties across the country as they scaled up voting by mail for the general election, we set out to learn more about ... (Read More)
    Source: Center for Civic DesignPublished on 2021-01-26By Center for Civic Design
  • Amplifying Official Voting Information During the 2020 General Election Cycle
    This piece was originally published on The Voting Information Project’s blog on January 26, 2021. State and local officials work hard to conduct elections and to educate voters on how they can cast their ballots. The Voting Information Project (VIP), a partnership between Democracy Works and the states, amplifies the work of election officials by sharing their official election information where voters look for it most: online.  In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic precipitated changes in the way many jurisdictions run elections. Various states and localities facilitated a record number of mail-in voting and the expansion of drop-off voting locations, all ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2021-01-26By Mariah Ross
  • How Can We Fix Polarization? Part 1: Taking Stock
    Inauguration day has come and gone, and we’ve had a more peaceful transition of power than many thought possible. There was no violence; the ceremony was beautiful, reverent, and calm; and the mittened Bernie memes might be the most bipartisan political laugh we’ve seen in years. But that doesn’t mean “problem solved”; far from it. We have a tremendous job ahead of us—as a nation, a President, a Congress, and an electorate—to find a way across the aisle that’s become an abyss, and have productive legislative conversations. There isn’t a mandate of a clear majority in favor of ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2021-01-25By Emily McFaul
  • Your Words Matter
    By: Thomas H. Little, State Legislative Leaders Foundation In the fall of 2019, I was privileged to hear Andrew Card, former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, speaking at SLLF’s conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Mr. Card shared lessons from President Bush’s leadership on 9/11 and in the immediate days following. I still get chills when I think about his description of that moment where he whispered “Mr. President, America is under attack.” I could not help but recall that meeting and those words as I watched the recent attack on the United States ... (Read More)
    Source: SLLFPublished on 2021-01-23By SLLF
  • Top #5Actions of the Past Week: Friday, January 21, 2021
    As we celebrate President Biden and Vice President Harris being sworn in and the new Congress taking shape this week, your voice is needed on several important, urgent issues - including COVID-19 relief and signing on to the Moms Mandate that we will be sharing with the Biden administration and every single member of Congress, new and old! It’s go time! We are in a moment of great need and also of incredible opportunity to help move forward change. Your voice is needed! Below you’ll find a link to our inauguration statement and important actions you can ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2021-01-21By Sue Anne Reed
  • Top #5Actions of the Past Week: Friday, January 22, 2021
    As we celebrate President Biden and Vice President Harris being sworn in and the new Congress taking shape this week, your voice is needed on several important, urgent issues - including COVID-19 relief and signing on to the Moms Mandate that we will be sharing with the Biden administration and every single member of Congress, new and old! It’s go time! We are in a moment of great need and also of incredible opportunity to help move forward change. Your voice is needed! Below you’ll find a link to our inauguration statement and important actions you can ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2021-01-21By Sue Anne Reed
  • Breaking Through: The Road Traveled & The Road Ahead!
    We are back with a fresh show for a brand new year! Welcome 2021!  This week on #BreakingThrough Kristin and guests cover white insurrectionism, the ties between white supremacy and gun violence, and analyze what happened at the U.S. Capitol and why we need still accountability; including for Trump to be convicted by the US Senate. They also cover the wins in Georgia, how the state was flipped, and what you as MomsRising members can do to protect democracy. Tune in now to hear about the road ahead with the Biden administration, the solutions we can help ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2021-01-21By Amber Dorsey
  • America’s Moms Welcome President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and the New Era They Bring
    Today in America, hope and promise replace fear and division. This new day ushers in a new era in which we will mourn our losses, heal our wounds, rebuild our communities, and move toward realizing the promise of a country in which we come together to help each other thrive. Even as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were being sworn into office, they had already offered hope and solutions to the pandemic and the economic devastation it has wrought, and for an end to the violence and division that have no place in our democracy.   The new ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2021-01-21By MomsRising
  • JAMS and NACFM Offer Grants to Community Mediators!
    The JAMS Foundation and NCDD’s partner the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) are accepting submissions for their 2021-2023 Community Mediation Mini- Grant Program. This opportunity is extended to those interested in offering a new or enhanced process to how their organization currently serves their communities, with a focus on healing an ongoing or long standing community divide towards a path of re-connection. The Program is designed to encourage creativity and variation based on research. Service strategies will be developed through the implementation of the “Listening for Action” Leadership Process and strengthened by at least one policy or procedure ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2021-01-21By Isabella Guzman
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