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.

  • Announcing The Natural Color Coalition
    Powered by Citizens for Health 2018 was a great year for the fight against artificial dyes. We saw many stores ban products using them and other companies pledge to remove artificial dyes in favor of naturally derived colors. To encourage this movement CFH has launched the Natural Color Coalition to show brands there remains a growing public demand for only natural colors. With this initiative we are trying a new, positive messaging approach. The negative side-effects of artificial dyes are well-documented and available online with a simple search. But we realized that this has been an ongoing debate throughout ... (Read More)
    Source: Citizens.orgPublished on 2019-02-17By Citizens For Health
  • Democrats’ Progressive Agenda Must Include Addressing the Nation’s Child Care Crisis
    By Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) If there’s one thing that voters across the country have made very clear, it’s that they want big, bold solutions to the serious challenges facing them and their families. While the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations are cashing the checks from their latest Republican tax cut, middle class Americans and working families are sitting around their kitchen tables wondering when their government will start working for them. We hear their voices. Democrats are stepping up with answers and bold progressive proposals to increase wages and financial security ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-02-15By U.S. Senator Patty Murray
  • Top #5Actions of the Past Week: February 16, 2019
    Greetings! It's been a really big week. Most urgently right now: we're pushing back against Trump's declaration of a national emergency, and need your help to call members of Congress (see below for more info). This week also marked the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting, and we're urging legislators to finally pass universal background checks. Scroll down for more information on both, and for urgent actions on immigration and paid family leave, too.   MomsRising staff and members have also been on Capitol Hill and on the ground across the country talking about equal pay, paid leave and immigration. Check ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-02-15By Karen Showalter
  • 2/15/19 – Is Vaping with E-Cigarettes Safe?
    www.procon.org - Nearly 11 million American adults use e-cigarettes, more than half of whom are under age 35. One in five high school students use e-cigarettes to vape nicotine. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol vapor for inhalation. The liquids often contain nicotine (which is derived from tobacco) and flavorings such as mint, mango, or tobacco. Vaping is the act of using e-cigarettes, which were first introduced in the United States around 2006. ... (Read More)
    Source: ProCon.orgPublished on 2019-02-15
  • Media round-up for Feb. 15, 2019
    Press hits Iowa Democrats propose major 2020 change: ‘virtual caucuses’ PoliticoThe Iowa Democratic Party has proposed a plan that would allow absentee, ranked choice voting during the caucus in 2020 Montgomery County Delegation backs ranked choice voting bill Maryland Matters (MD) Ranked choice voting-enabling legislation for Montgomery County, MD wins unanimous support from the county delegation Opinion Iowa Democrats' innovative changes may have saved the caucuses Des Moines RegisterColumnist hails plan for ranked choice ballots as a way to save the Iowa caucuses   Howard Schultz’s campaign is based on 3 ideas, and they’re all wrong Vox Ezra Klein advocates for ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2019-02-15
  • Get Civically Engaged this Valentine’s Day!
    Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days to get engaged. This Valentine’s Day we’re sharing our tips for getting civically engaged! Send a Valentine. Share your feelings on the issues that matter most to you. Research has shown that sharing a personal story is an effective way to influence your representatives. Pop the Question. Ask a friend or loved one to vote, volunteer, or run for office. Our friends at She Should Run can help you ask a woman to run for office! Set a Date. Scheduling time for advocacy will keep you accountable. Use tools like the ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2019-02-14By Priya Elangovan
  • Remember Parkland – tell Congress to pass universal background checks
    Today is Valentine's Day. We're holding our loved ones close and remembering the Parkland families. One year ago today, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and shot to death 17 of their students and educators, injuring 17 more. And over these last 12 months, guns have continued to devastate families and communities across the country.  Today, as we give valentines to our loved ones, let's also give a valentine to the Parkland families — and to all families who have lost loved ones to gun violence — by joining our voices in a powerful call for action. ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-02-14By Gloria Pan
  • Ranked Choice Voting recommended in revamped Iowa caucus plan
    After facing criticism for lack of accessibility, inclusivity and practicality in the 2016 election season, the Democratic National Committee proposed a series of reforms aimed at democratizing the caucus process.   On Feb. 11, the Iowa Democratic Party took further steps toward embracing voting reform, unveiling an innovative plan for its caucuses that includes online ranked choice voting. The plan, termed a “virtual caucus,” allows Iowa Democrats to electronically rank their candidates in order of preference on six predetermined days. The primary benefit is to allow people who cannot attend the live precinct caucuses—those who work in the 7 to ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2019-02-14
  • Special Valentine’s Day Roundup on D&D Online Events
    We are sending some extra love your way with this robust roundup of dialogue and deliberation goodness!Check out the webinars being offered over the next week, let us know in the comment section below which ones you joined and if you have some exciting takeaways- we’d love to hear how people are connecting with these D&D practices! Below are events from NCDD member orgs Living Room Conversations,  National Issues Forums Institute, and from the International Associate for Public Participation, Zehr Institute and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Do you have a webinar or other event coming up that you’d like to ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-02-14By Keiva Hummel
  • Paid Leave for Love and Family
    PaidLeaveWAPaidLeaveWAIn 2012, I helped organized the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community to build support for our LGBT members and marriage equality in Washington State. The messaging for that campaign was tailored for the (API) community, where love for family was emphasized over individual romantic love. This is because in many of our cultures, our identities are rooted in our membership to our communities and in our families--sometimes more than as individuals. Recently, I was particularly moved when Sandra Oh brought her parents to the Emmys. As she stood on the stage to receive her Emmy as the first Asian American ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-02-14By Seayoung Yim
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