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.

  • Top #5Actions of the Past Week: September 24, 2020
    It’s been a hard week, and in 2020 that’s saying something. From the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the utter lack of justice for Breonna Taylor, and with the ongoing pandemic, everyday can feel overwhelming. We invite you to slow down with us, to take time for you, for just a brief moment. To close your eyes and take five slow breaths. With just five slow, calm breaths, you can make a big difference for your well-being. And when you’ve done that, we have five quick actions you can take, just below. You’ll be speaking ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-09-24By Anita
  • Mail Ballot Drop Boxes: Another Option to Cast Your Ballot!
    By Sarah Berlin, Program Director of the Voting Information Project. Reposted from: Democracy Works Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have expanded access to voting by mail in order to provide voters with another option for safely casting their ballots. As part of that expansion, more states than ever are planning to utilize mail ballot drop boxes for the General Election. Concerns about whether the US Postal Service will be able to deliver mail ballots in time to be counted has brought additional attention to using mail ballot drop boxes. Below are answers to commonly asked questions about ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2020-09-24
  • Meet the Scholars 2020: Genevieve Fried
    The Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS), implemented in 2013 to the tune of $47 million, caused an immediate spike in adjudications of fraudulent unemployment insurance claimants. By 2015, the system had falsely accused tens of thousands of residents of fraud, disqualifying them from their benefits and incurring huge fines and penalties in the form of garnished wages and tax returns, without due process. An internal state review of more than 20,000 fraud claims found a 93% error rate. Numerous individuals caught up in the MiDAS web were bankrupted; at least two individuals committed suicide because of financial strain. It is ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2020-09-24By Genevieve Fried
  • Meet the CDS Fellows: Alex Prokop
    Over the last five or six years, newly created modern digital service organizations have made government more efficient, more accessible, and more reliable—and we’re just getting started. I joined TechCongress’ Congressional Digital Service Fellowship to help bring this model and practices to the first branch.In early 2015, on the tail end of the second Affordable Care Act insurance enrollment period, I moved from San Francisco to DC to work on HealthCare.gov. At the time, the site was mostly working due to the relentless efforts of many talented people, but it needed better technical and product foundations. I wound up signing ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2020-09-24By Alex Prokop
  • News Roundup: Ranked choice voting comes to presidential elections
    Have you been following the debate about ranked choice voting (RCV) in Maine? This week, RCV took a major step forward when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it can be used in the state’s presidential elections. Here are some of the best articles that have come out about the ruling in the last few days. The Fulcrum reported on the historic nature of the ruling and how RCV can encourage more positive campaigning.  “The ruling is a huge symbolic victory for advocates of ranked elections, who view them as a magic formula for improving democracy by reducing the ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-09-24
  • TBOR ED Discusses Supreme Court and Addition of Justices on Sinclair Network
    Earlier this week TBOR’s John Pudner discussed the Supreme Court vacancy and the potential for the addition of more justices on the Sinclair Network. Below you can read an excerpt from the story. John Pudner, the president of the non-profit Take Back Action Fund and former adviser to Romney in 2008 and aide to former President George W. Bush in 2000, told Sinclair he thinks this will drive voter turnout for both Democrats and Republicans.Pudner said if Trump gets to seat a third justice and Democrats win the Senate and White House, it’s very likely they’ll try to expand ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2020-09-24By Justin Hill
  • Join the 2020 Wolf-PAC Warrior Workshop!
    Our friends at Wolf-PAC are hosting a three-day virtual conference this weekend and Take Back Our Republic is going to be part of it! The event will kick off Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm ET, and run throughout the weekend.  Get your $10 ticket here Here are some events you won’t want to miss: United Against Corruption panel that will feature [the representative from your organization], and other leaders in the democracy reform movement. Legend of the movement to end corruption, Lawrence Lessig will open the Virtual Warrior Workshop on Friday evening. Political commentators and hosts of Rising, Krystal Ball and ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2020-09-24By Justin Hill
  • Applications for Libby Kingseed Memorial Award Due 9/30
    We want to take a moment to recognize exceptional individuals in our field by extending this invitation from NCDD member org, National Issues Forums Institute, to submit your applications for the Elizabeth “Libby” Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award Libby’s commitment to civic education and deliberation continue to be an inspiration; and it is in this spirit that NIFI has created this award to grant $500 to any K-12 teacher working to implement deliberation or deliberative pedagogy in the classroom. Applications will be accepted until next Wednesday, September 30th; so make sure you apply ASAP! Learn more about Libby Kingseed ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2020-09-24By Isabella Guzman
  • An Egregious Miscarriage of Justice, An Insult to the Memory of Breonna Taylor
    Shock. Outrage. We stand with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor, Black Lives Matter Louisville, the tens of thousands of activists in Kentucky, and the national Movement for Black Lives in calling for justice. There is no other way fair-minded people can react to the grand jury decision announced in Louisville today. We support the movement demands that three officers responsible for Breonna Taylor’s murder should have been fired, charged with murder, and had their pensions revoked. The fact that none of that happened is an egregious miscarriage of justice and a painful reminder of how much work ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-09-23By Beatriz Beckford
  • Upcoming 9-Week Course: Cultural Intelligence—Transcending Race, Embracing Cosmos
    I’m excited to announce my upcoming online course titled: Cultural Intelligence: Transcending Race, Embracing Cosmos. Here’s a description: Our country’s current racial and cultural crises have invoked a dire need to reexamine our understanding of race and reflect on our own blind spots. I invite you to join me virtually at the Aligned Center to delve into our crisis of meaning and the meaning of crisis in his timely new nine-week series. As a culture we’re coming to understand the value of emotional intelligence in our personal lives and interpersonal relationships. In this class, I explore culture as another form of intelligence–a discipline of human values, feelings and behavior that ... (Read More)
    Source: Institute for Cultural EvolutionPublished on 2020-09-23By Greg Thomas
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