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.

  • America Apart, America Together
    Greetings from a screened-in porch in Raleigh where I’m looking out on another spring day in the Tar Heel State. The flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and cardinals are flying around. This is a season we’ll never forget and one we’ll never get to enjoy. It’s been an oddly-uplifting day, following the news of the death of singer-songwriter John Prine. He wrote about sad subjects (addiction, old age, heartbreak) with an irony and sense of humor that always made you feel better and more grateful in the end: “When I get to heaven, I’m gonna shake God’s hand,  thank ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2020-04-09By Michael Cooper
  • Overcoming Barriers to Volunteer Participation
    Real money, real power. This is more than a catchphrase, it is a requirement of participatory budgeting (PB). Of course, PB requires one more key ingredient: real people participating and leading the way. PB is driven largely by volunteers who take on the responsibility, commitment, and power of the process — from designing and collecting ideas, to voting, and everything in between. Some volunteers are responsible for turning ideas into concrete proposals that can be put up for a vote. We call these dedicated and integral ... (Read More)
    Source: Participatory Budgeting ProjectPublished on 2020-04-09By PBPadmin
  • Parenting during a global pandemic: Don’t be so hard on yourself and your feelings are valid
    *This post was originally publised on my blog, LadydeeLG.com: Parenting during Covid-19: Don't be so hard on yourself and your feelings are valid. I wanted to share it with the MomsRising community because I know we are feeling all the things. What you're feeling is valid, this isn't a time to just brush off  our emotions! This is something we've never experienced before! Don't forget your MomsRising community is here for you!    Are you trying to survive quarantine with kids? Has Parenting during COVID-19 driving you a little bit crazy? Do you feel like your kids are testing you every. minute. of. ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-04-09By Diana Limongi
  • Congress must do more for disability community re: COVID-19
    Congress has voted on a third bill to address the impact of COVID-19. The $2 trillion bill includes some small pieces for people with disabilities, but fails to recognize the full needs of our community. People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19; not only by the virus itself, but by the strain on the health care system and the disruption to routine services and infrastructure. Congress must ensure that future bills specifically and meaningfully address the ramifications of COVID-19 for the disability community. Our lives, our safety, and our civil rights are on the line. The bill does take ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-04-09By Julia Bascom
  • TBOR Executive Director Explains Why Congress Should Vote at Home in the EUReporter
    US Representative Massie’s stunt shows why Congress should vote from home New York Rep. Nydia Velázquez’s recent coronavirus diagnosis occurred three days after US Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) amazingly tried to demand that House members travel back to Washington, DC during a national health emergency just to take a recorded vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, writes John Pudner Fortunately other Members opposed his floor measure, but regardless, Rep. Velázquez was one of those who ended up traveling across the country to be present for the vote in the Capitol while everyone is worried about spreading the disease. Even worse ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2020-04-09By Justin Hill
  • How Do We Vote In the Corona Era?
    Washington – Okay, America, how do we hold the 2020 elections under the threat of the coronavirus? Wisconsin’s answer was to bull ahead with its primary election on Tuesday, pushed by Republican leaders of the state legislature who said it would cause chaos and confusion to postpone the state’s elections. Democratic Governor Tony Evers, worried foremost about public health, issued an executive order to suspend in-person voting and delay the primary until June. But the governor was overruled by the Wisconsin Supreme Court which asserted that the state legislature, not the governor, has the legal authority to set election dates. The ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2020-04-09By hedrick
  • Missed #KeepMarching last night? Here’s the Zoom recording
    The coronavirus pandemic is upending life as we know it, including how we work, spend money, maintain our relationships, think about the future, and so much more. At last night's #KeepMarching meeting, we considered the implications of COVID-19 for paid family leave, taxes, and the economy. We are very grateful to Amy Matsui, Director of Income Security at the National Women’s Law Center, Indi Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Ruth Martin, MomsRising’s SVP on Workplace Justice, for bringing their expertise to the meeting. And thank you, Elyssa Schmier, MomsRising's budget guru, for helping to moderate ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-04-09By Gloria Pan
  • Early votes in Washington were more likely to be “wasted”
    We’ve been tracking wasted votes throughout the 2020 primary season, and nowhere is the point illustrated as perfectly as in Washington State.  Washington’s vote-by-mail primary was on March 10th and ballots were accepted if they were postmarked by that date. This means results from early ballots were available immediately after election day, but full results were delayed by more than a week as ballots continued to arrive in the mail. This gives us a unique opportunity to track trends over time.  We found a stark difference between the ballots which were counted immediately and those which were counted over the ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-04-08
  • See how COVID-19 has put child care in crisis
    Every morning for the last two weeks I’ve woken up wondering what impact this COVID-19 crisis will have on my toddler’s life along with our entire country. My partner and I are juggling our work schedules (like so many parents and caregivers!) the best we can as we  try to give her some semblance of normalcy. But more than ever, I'm grateful for the loving care my child normally receives while we work. That’s why it pains me to tell you that, as a nation, we are on the verge of losing more than half (yes you read that right - ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-04-08By Nina Perez
  • April 6: Facebook LIVE with Senior Communications Fellow David Daley
    Our Senior Communcation’s Fellow David Daley went live on Facebook on Monday afternoon to talk about the current state of our Democracy, his new book, Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy, and the four states that implemented vote-by-mail and ranked choice voting ahead of the Covid-19 crisis.  Check out his talk below, including timestamps where Dave covers RCV, wasted votes, the pandemic, and more. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FFairVoteReform%2Fvideos%2F493705668179421%2F&show_text=0&width=560560350border:none;overflow:hiddenno0truetrue Timestamp 4:00 - Daley addresses the fact that, despite the reality that many states have been forced to postpone their primaries due to Covid-19, states that planned ahead with vote-by-mail combined with ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-04-08
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