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.

  • Are You Planning to Early Vote? Find Out More Here!
    Take Action!Early voting has already started in California! Woohoo! This means you and your friends, family, and neighbors can make their voices heard at the ballot box today—you don’t have to wait until November 6th! It’s exciting stuff! I don’t know about you, but we #CantWait2Vote! ***Join us by pledging to vote early, absentee, or on Voting Day (November 6th!)! Let us know which method you’ll be using to vote (early, absentee, or Voting Day!) so you can inspire others to vote too! Studies show that seeing people vote inspires others to vote as well. And, after you click, we’ll ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-22By Elyssa Koidin Schmier
  • Free Coloring Pages for Kids Waiting in Voting Lines!
    KIDS! This post is for you (and your parents and caregivers)! Have the adults in your life finally listened to you about voting? CONGRATULATIONS! Sometimes a reminder from a kid helps grown ups figure out what they're supposed to do-- and to do it! Thanks to all your gentle and wise reminders, the adults in your life are:  Making a commitment to vote Planning their next steps: Ensuring that they're registered to vote Finding out where their polling place is Figuring out how to get to the polling place (with the right ID, if needed) and get you to school, get themselves ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-22By Anita
  • We Are MomsRising, Sheila from North Carolina
    We Are MomsRising!WeAreMomsRisingOctover is HeadStart Awarness Month. In today’s installment of We Are MomsRising, we talked to Sheila in North Carolina about her experiences with Early Head Start and Head Start. Read her story below. To learn more about the We Are MomsRising campaign, check out this blog post. My story with Head Start started with my daughter Jaslene. She was was in a regular daycare where I was paying tuition. I lost my job as a contract interpreter for North Carolina when my position was defunded. I no longer could afford the daycare she was in.  My daughter was already ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-22By Abbie Gately
  • Redefining How Congress and its Constituents Communicate
    Our ability to communicate openly, freely, and honestly with the Members of Congress that represent us is one of the hallmarks of American democracy. However, the current system of engagement is stunted. What was once a well-traveled highway, designed to make two-way trips faster and more convenient, has become a dilapidated, congested thoroughfare that can no longer support the amount of drivers on the road. Repairs and alternative routes are needed. ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2018-10-22
  • Oh the Places You’ll Go & People You’ll Meet at NCDD2018!
    A Quick Guide to Networking at the NCDD Conference that will set you on a course for successful partnerships. What happens when you bring together a few hundred innovators in dialogue and deliberation and give them dedicated spaces to spark conversations and partnerships? MAGIC. Every two years, NCDD does just that. This November, our three-day conference will convene at the Sheraton Denver Downtown and include 400+ attendees from around the globe. Fellow humans passionate about public engagement ready to connect and create friendships and partnerships that will last years into the future. NCDD’s planning team has been ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-10-22By Annie Rappeport
  • Proposal to Ban Classroom Political Discussions Will Only Hurt Students and Civil Discourse
    By John Gable and Joan Blades (with a contribution from Julie Mastrine), Reposted from AllSides for Schools A Pennsylvania proposal to ban political discussion in the classroom aims to prevent political indoctrination — but it would only facilitate it. Will Tallman’s (R) “Teacher Code of Ethics” bill would ban educators from endorsing or opposing political candidates or issues in the classroom and from discussing pending or enacted legislation, court cases or executive orders. ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2018-10-21
  • Tell Congress to invest in childcare – not child prisons!
    Quick Action! "I receive childcare assistance through my local DHS office. If I didn’t get this assistance I could not work (even though I live paycheck to paycheck) and would have to apply for Welfare. I’m more than grateful for every penny I receive for childcare. Without it I would have to pay $120 a week! My daughter is learning so much from the program that is offered: she knows how to count, read (some small sentences,) knows her alphabet, and she knows how to draw. She is four years old." – Amanda Investments in affordable, quality childcare can be THE ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-19By Nina Perez
  • The spin begins: basic needs programs are blamed for increasing the deficit, when tax cuts are really at fault
    When the 2017 $1.9 trillion in tax cuts were enacted, many of us predicted that the hole in the budget caused by the lost revenue would be used by the Trump Administration and some in Congress to justify cuts in basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and SNAP. And we were right:  the Treasury Department just put out year-end figures showing an increase in the deficit (up $113 billion over the previous year), and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both said that the way to reduce deficits was to cut spending, with nary a peep about ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-19By Debbie Weinstein
  • Fact of the Week: Nearly 8,500 Arkansans have been kicked off Medicaid since Sept. 1 due to harsh time limits
    More than 4,100 Arkansans lost Medicaid coverage on Oct. 1, adding to the more than 4,350 adults in the state who were kicked off the Medicaid roles on Sept. 1. These nearly 8,500 adults lost their coverage due to the state’s harsh new work reporting requirements, which require beneficiaries to report at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities every month. Those who are don’t report the required number of hours for three months lose their Medicaid coverage regardless of their reason for not reporting – whether they can’t find a job, have a job (or multiple jobs) with ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-19By Lecia Imbery
  • New study shows expanding Medicaid improves access to care for low-income adults
    We know that states that expanded their Medicaid program have far fewer uninsured working-age adults. Now, thanks to a new study from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), we know that such health insurance coverage is leading to better access to care. Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September showed that in 2017 the uninsured rate for 19-64 year olds in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility was 16.7 percent, while the uninsured rate in states that did expand Medicaid was 9.4 percent. The new report from the GAO shows that low-income adults in expansion states are ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-10-19By Lecia Imbery
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