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.

  • Get Ready for MLK Day of Service
    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. This Monday, January 20, the nation will honor the legacy of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a national day of service. The only federal holiday of its kind, MLK Day of Service encourages us to spend a day serving our communities and connecting with our neighbors. Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes and are a great way to plug in, ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2020-01-15By Priya Elangovan
  • Join us in 2020! We’re hiring for Associate Roles and more
    Democracy Works is growing our team so that we can serve voters more effectively than ever in 2020 and beyond. If you want to help make our democracy stronger, join us!We’ll be posting a number of roles in the next few weeks, but the first post you’ll see is called “Associate Roles.” This will be for a hiring pool which includes a number of positions across several teams. The Associate Roles job description is here. It’s a somewhat unusual process. We’ll be hiring for 7 different roles (3 of which are identical) using one single hiring process. The roles are ... (Read More)
    Source: Democracy WorksPublished on 2020-01-15By Diana Fitts
  • D&D Webinar Roundup Ft NCDD Sponsor, NCL, MetroQuest, and More!
    Happy New Year to you all! Below is the first D&D webinar roundup of 2020 and we encourage you all to put these exciting opportunities on your calendars! NCDD sponsor org The Courageous Leadership Project will be holding their “Brave, Honest Conversations” webinar next Wednesday. On the same day, our friends at the National Civic League will be holding their webinar, “Collaborations to Address Mental Health” and NCDD member org MetroQuest’s webinar, “How SCDOT Engaged 13,000+ Residents on a Tiny Budget”. Additional upcoming D&D online events from NCDD member orgs National Issues Forums Institute and Living Room Conversations, as well as, from the Zehr ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2020-01-15By Keiva Hummel
  • Our Grants Program in Review
    Since its inception in the 1970s, Illinois Humanities has had a grants program. Unlike then, today we run a number of our own programs – Museum on Main Street, the Odyssey Project, Road Scholars, Envisioning Justice, the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards, Sojourner Scholars, and others. All have a common thread of enrichening people’s lives through access to lifelong learning and the public humanities. Our Community Grants program also persists, with the goal of providing capacity building in order to help nurture the arts, culture and public humanities infrastructure in communities across the state of Illinois. As in all of ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2020-01-14By Tia Williams
  • In 2020, Our Bitterly Divided America Needs to Recommit to The Golden Rule
    Co-Written by Joan Blades and Richard L. Tafel. Reposted from As we move full speed into the election of 2020, we can feel the pull toward division, domination and revenge in our politics. We write this as two veterans of America's culture wars who fear that this round of battle could lead us toward violence. As political activists we both know something about trying to bridge the divisions in politics. In 1998, Joan Blades, watched our nation polarize over the impeachment of the President. She co-founded as a bipartisan effort to move the nation toward healing and away from division. ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2020-01-14
  • Surviving After a Stillbirth
    In July 2011, we faced every expectant parents’ worst nightmare when when we learned that our unborn daughter had died. From the moment that I found out that Autumn was stillborn, my life drastically veered off course. I have since spent the past eight years trying to find my way back on track. I’ve often referred to this experience as my healing journey. But what I have come to realize recently is that this has not been a journey of healing but rather, a story of surviving. In the months following Autumn’s stillbirth I was inconsolable and completely devastated. I ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-01-14By Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya
  • John Pudner Talks Instant Runoffs On The Matha Zoller Show
    Earlier this morning Executive Director John Pudner was a guest on Georgia’s most conservative morning radio show with Martha Zoller. John talked about how instant runoffs help keep voter turnout high and save states millions of dollars in costly runoffs. To listen to the interview in its entirety click below. ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2020-01-14By Justin Hill
  • Discount on Davenport Local Gov’t Certificate – Apply ASAP
    In case you missed it, NCDD member organization The Davenport Institute, in partnership with the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, is offering their next professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government [non-academic] from February 7-9 in Malibu, CA. Excellent for anyone involved or working with local government, or in graduate school for local government/public policy. NCDD members receive a 20% discount off the tuition if you sign by tomorrow, January 15th, so make sure you register ASAP to receive this great benefit. They are accepting applications until the class is full, so sign up while you still can! ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2020-01-14By Keiva Hummel
  • Paid leave is a racial justice issue
    Washington StateSince 2013, Families of Color Seattle has worked to build a loving community for Black, Brown, and Indigenous families in Seattle. Our work has connected 3,000+ families through parent affinity groups, workshops, community events, and more. As an organization dedicated to supporting families of color in Seattle and beyond, we are thrilled that Washington is now home to one of the best paid family and medical leave programs in the nation.  Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program provides workers with up to 16 weeks of paid time off to welcome a new child to their family (through birth, ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-01-13By Christine Tang
  • Experiences of new citizens in American civic life
    When the team at the Center for Civic Design learned that there are about 11 million naturalized American citizens who are eligible but not voting, of course, we wondered what obstacles they face in taking part in civic life. So we spent a good chunk of 2019 listening to their stories: How they came to the U.S., what they were looking for, how they made lives for themselves and their families. We asked them what “community” meant to them and where they fit into it. We hoped to learn about needs around language access (we did), so we could ... (Read More)
    Source: Center for Civic DesignPublished on 2020-01-13By Christopher Patten
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