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.

  • Community Action Making Change: This Year’s Successes by American Promise Associations
    Across the nation, our intrepid American Promise Association volunteers are making huge progress—building community, fueling conversation, hosting events, winning support in Congress and passing local legislation. Read about their successes. It is the tireless work and commitment of our community of citizen leaders that will ultimately win the 28th Amendment and assert political rights are for people, not big money. American Promise Associations (APAs) are the local groups that bring the movement to life in communities across the country and bring Americans together to build support for the 28th Amendment. APA members educate their communities, spread the word about ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2018-12-18
  • How to Help Children on Long Car Trips or Plane Rides
    I was sweating at the base of my spine thinking about the possibility that my two-year-old would wake up from her nap and I would have to tolerate all of the passengers staring and judging. This was my first trip alone on a flight with my daughter and my mind was whirling with multiple worst-case scenarios. I was lucky that first flight. She slept the entire 3.5 hours from Miami to Bogota. What I did not plan was the time in Bogota and the realization that it wasn’t really a vacation. What I had just chosen to do with ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-12-18By Lina Acosta Sandaal
  • Our Voices Matter: Podcast with Rob Fersh
    Convergence board member and award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, launched a podcast with an interview with Rob Fersh. Entitled “Our Voices Matter,” Linda will host a weekly series of intimate conversations to reveal our common humanity. Listen here. ... (Read More)
    Source: ConvergencePublished on 2018-12-18By admin
  • Give Gifts That Empower
    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. For many people, the holiday season means gift-giving for loved ones. While finding the perfect gifts for those in your life, consider how you can use the opportunity to empower those around you to become more engaged and effective civic leaders while strengthening your community. This #TakeActionTuesday, give gifts that grow civic leadership in your communities and beyond. Check out some ideas below to get started: Give Gifts ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2018-12-18By Priya Elangovan
  • Just the Facts, Mr. Rosling: The Swan Song of a Global Optimist is an Antidote to the Prevailing Pessimism
    It’s a simple question: In the last twenty years, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has: almost doubled? remained more or less the same? almost halved? When you ask that question of people around the world, very few get the answer right. In fact, only 7% give the correct answer, which is C. Yes, poverty has dramatically fallen in the last decades. It’s a remarkable achievement that’s hard to overstate. In 1800, 85% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. Even as recently as 1966, the number was still 50%. Today, it’s down to 9%. ... (Read More)
    Source: Institute for Cultural EvolutionPublished on 2018-12-18By Carter Phipps
  • A Unanimous Voice in Support of Students
    On October 2, the Graham County School Board quietly joined all the other 114 local school districts in North Carolina by voting to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in the public schools. Thus, for the first time in the history of our state (as well as the colony before it), no students attending public schools will fear being hit by a teacher or principal. This is the culmination of an advocacy odyssey that began in 1991 when the NC General Assembly declined to prohibit the practice of corporal punishment statewide, but allowed local school boards to decide to stop ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-12-18By Tom Vitaglione
  • Join the National Week of Action to Free Cyntoia Brown! #Clemency4Cyntoia
    Because of your support we have been able to flood Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee's office with over 6000 calls a day in the past couple weeks. Lets keep this going! Together we are powerful and Together is how we will Free Cyntoia!  Sign our petition HERE National Call in to Demand #Clemency4CyntoiaBrown - All Week Long Call Govenor Bill Haslam's office at 1-615-741-2001 or be connected toll free through our MomsRising call in line at 1-855-976-1895 ! Here is a script and some tips to help! Here's what to say when they answer: Hi, I'm [state your name] and I am ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-12-18By Beatriz Beckford
  • Best of 2018: Our 5 Big Wins
    Over nearly 10 years, we’ve shown that participatory budgeting (PB) is a powerful tool for transforming our democracy. In 2018 we invested in making PB better and bigger. We developed new resources, supported innovative programs, and expanded what real democracy can be. Check out our 2018 highlights below, and please make an end of year donation if you can help grow this work. 1. We led a movement for participatory democracy We built a broader movement for democracy beyond elections, by convening leaders, forging partnerships, and producing and sharing powerful content. ... (Read More)
    Source: Participatory Budgeting ProjectPublished on 2018-12-18By PBPadmin
  • What We’re Reading this Holiday Season
    As the weather gets colder, we're looking forward to a holiday season full of catching up on our reading! Here are our picks for recent pieces worth reading in the areas of civic engagement, democracy revitalization and broad-based economic prosperity. The headlines all point to key questions we're asking ourselves as a nation. What do you think? Share your favorites in the comments! ... (Read More)
    Source: Big Tent NationPublished on 2018-12-18
  • Book Review: An Uncivil War by Greg Sargent
    In An Uncivil War, Greg Sargent analyzes key breakdowns in the American political system while advancing the case for big picture electoral reform. An Uncivil War. Greg Sargent. Custom House. 2018. Greg Sargent’s latest book, An Uncivil War, manages to avoid the very real danger to which so many analyses of American political dysfunction fall victim: soapbox lamentation. Rather than howling into the wilderness, the book explicitly lays out how each issue the author has chosen to highlight impacts American democracy, consistently answering the question: “Why does this matter?” The book moves between intertwining themes: gerrymandering, voting rights and ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2018-12-18
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