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.

  • What We’re Reading – Summer Reading Edition
    We hope you've been enjoying the warm weather and longer days of the summer! We've stayed busy reading the latest news in innovation in civics, tech, economics and politics. Get your "Summer Reading" in with some of these key links: ... (Read More)
    Source: Big Tent NationPublished on 2018-08-19
  • The Middle Shelf: Part 15- A CGC Guide to Finding Common Ground through Reading
    Hello Middleshelfers, Happy weekend.   August is International Peace Month and should not be confused with International Peace Day which is held every year in September, each having a different impetus for their creation.  International Peace Month was formed in 1926 as a way to remember the causes and outcomes of World War I We regularly note that the road to common ground can and must benefit from looking back to where we have been so as to learn how we wound up where we are now and how best to take lessons from our history. Given that August is ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2018-08-18By admin
  • “Health is a fundamental human right:” Why we sued the Trump Administration
    Recently, we in Baltimore City filed suit against the Trump Administration for intentionally and unlawfully sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I am gravely concerned for the wellbeing of my patients, my city, and millions of individuals who are finding themselves unable to afford health care. As an emergency physician, I’ve seen first-hand what happens when people are priced out of coverage. I’ve seen a mother leave behind her three children, because she had no insurance and wasn’t able to have a lump in her breast examined when she found it. She died a year later. I have an endless ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-08-17By Leana Wen
  • Weaponizing Security Clearances Is Unacceptable, Whether CIA Directors are the Victims or Perpetrators
    A group of former CIA directors and deputy directors has denounced President Trump’s revocation of former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance in retaliation for Brennan’s criticisms of him as “an attempt to stifle free speech.” ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2018-08-17
  • Amplifying the Awesome Power of Debate – IBM’s Project Debater and
    By Kamy Akhavan, Reposted from French essayist Joseph Joubert wrote in 1896: "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." For the last 15 years, I've led the nation's most popular debate organization, While our public charity has served more than 180 million people since 2004, our obsession with critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship has met a formidable and unexpected ally – one whose audience could reach into the billions. I'm talking about IBM and its Project Debater. ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2018-08-17
  • Hawkings: 5 Reasons why Congress is Dysfunctional
    AUBURN, AL- In a recent article, David Hawkings, the editor of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call since 1995, laid out the 5 reasons for the malaise the afflicts the United States Congress. While we may not agree with all of his points, it was nonetheless interesting that his first two coincided with issues Take Back Our Republic has devoted attention to: money and maps. Here is his full list with our brief summation: Money- With the costs of congressional races up 73% since 2000, Congress is increasingly an entity driven by the need to fundraise. As we have often pointed ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2018-08-17By Admin
  • How you Can Connect with your Member of Congress at a Town Hall
    Town Halls are one of the most effective and direct ways to engage a member of Congress, as well as a crucial way to garner local media attention in districts that traditionally read local media only. This platform also allows for individuals to motivate other voters to hold incumbent members of Congress (MOC) accountable. Town Halls are one of the unique grassroots aspects of our democracy, make sure you exercise this crucial democratic right! 5 Tips for A Great Town Hall: 1. Get in Touch BEFORE the Townhall with the representative’s staffer in district or DC. Example Email or Call: “Hi, I’m a ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2018-08-17By Khadija Gurnah
  • Participatory Budgeting Lessons Over Last 30 Years
    Participatory Budgeting has been rapidly growing across the world for the last 30 years, in all levels of government, in organizations, and in schools. There was a report released by the Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network on the current state of PB and its future; and NCDD member org, the Participatory Budgeting Project, recorded a webinar with the report authors, Stephanie McNulty and Brian Wampler. You can listen to the webinar in the article below and find the original on PBP’s site here. Lessons from 30 years of a global experiment in democracy The Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network recently ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-08-17By Keiva Hummel
  • 8/16/18 – Was the United States Justified in Its Policy of Family Separation at the US-Mexico Border? – Top 3 Pros and Cons - On Apr. 6, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a new "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal immigration that involved prosecuting all adults crossing the southwest border illegally, noting a 203% increase in illegal border crossings from 2017 to 2018. The change resulted in about 3,000 children being forcibly separated from their parents because the children couldn't be held in a federal jail alongside their parents. The separated migrant children were detained at government-run facilities, including a new "tent city" built to handle the influx of kids needing housing, while their parents were held in federal jail. Previously, families who ... (Read More)
    Source: ProCon.orgPublished on 2018-08-16
  • Listen to This Webinar on How to Hold a Ben Franklin Circle
    Back in the day, Ben Franklin had established a mutual improvement club that he organized for over 40 years, in the spirit of dialogue and self improvement. It is in this vein, that the folks at the 92nd Street Y, created the Ben Franklin Circles (also an NCDD member org) to offer a framework to hold conversations on Franklin’s 13 virtues. NCDD partnered with BFC last year and we are thrilled to find this free webinar recently released that gives the basics on what a Circle entails. You can listen to the webinar below and find the original on BFC’s site here. ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2018-08-16By Keiva Hummel
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