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.

  • Join Democracy Beyond Elections Campaign Kick Off in NYC
    We are thrilled to share this exciting announcement from our friends at the Participatory Budgeting Project – an NCDD member organization, in collaboration with Civic Hall, for the national kick off of the Democracy Beyond Elections campaign. This campaign seeks to strengthen democratic engagement and participation between and beyond elections and we strongly encourage folks in the network to be present if they can when this new effort launches on Monday, June 24th at Civic Hall in New York City. Learn more about this new effort to amplify participatory democracy in the post below and find the original information on ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-06-13By Keiva Hummel
  • QUICK SIGNATURE: Equal Pay for Moms!
    EQUAL PAYToday, June 10th is NOT our favorite day. Not at all. Why? Today is Moms’ Equal Pay Day, marking the fact that moms – across race and ethnicity – must work until June 10th of 2019 to earn what dads made in 2018 alone. Of course, averages alone don’t tell the whole story because, due to structural racism, moms of color face much larger wage gaps when compared separately. June 10th is also the 56th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act becoming law, yet we STILL don’t have pay equity. That’s the bad news about June 10th. >>> BUT ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-06-12By Sara Alcid
  • Online D&D Events Feat Courageous Leadership Project
    This week’s roundup features events from NCDD sponsor org The Courageous Leadership Project, NCDD member organizations MetroQuest and  Living Room Conversations, as well as, from the Tamarack InstituteInternational Association of Facilitators (IAF), International Associate for Public Participation (IAP2), and more. NCDD’s online D&D event roundup is a weekly compilation of the upcoming events happening in the digital world related to dialogue, deliberation, civic tech, engagement work, and more! Do you have a webinar or other digital event coming up that you’d like to share with the NCDD network? Please let us know in the comments section below or by emailing me at keiva[at]ncdd[dot]org, ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2019-06-12By Keiva Hummel
  • The Bonvie Blog: Five things you need to know before applying any more sunscreen
    FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule for OTC Sunscreen Drug Products BY LINDA BONVIE Ever since the FDA first began its rule-making process on sunscreens 33 years ago, there have been major safety questions looming over the majority of brands that line store shelves. And that’s not just regarding how well (or not) they protect you from a risky sunburn, but also about any potential dangers from the chemicals they contain. To give us even further pause as we pack our gear for the beach or pool, just last month FDA researchers discovered that four common sunscreen chemicals ... (Read More)
    Source: Citizens.orgPublished on 2019-06-11By Linda Bonvie
  • Your input needed! What issues should candidates prioritize?
    Take Action!You know. Moms know. I know. We all know what’s happening in our families, our lives, and our communities. We know the truth about dealing with our healthcare system, about the cost of childcare, about what it takes to raise a family. The candidates for President need to know our truth too. It’s time to put our truth on center stage. There are dozens of candidates running for President — and it’s critically important to let each of them know EARLY about the policies that moms expect them to champion. They need to know what issues moms, not just ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-06-11By Kristin
  • Don’t get divorced because of Trump. The tough work of settling America’s political differences
    Democrat Lynn Heady of Nashville avoids politics with family members because it’s a topic that often leads to arguments. When the retired school administrator who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 is near a television blaring the news, she can feel her blood pressure rise. “I don’t want to listen to either side. I find it equally disturbing and stress-inducing,” she said. “I think anybody who cares about this country right now is experiencing some stress.” Republican Greg Smith of Waynesville, Ohio, admits he got so insulting on Facebook, his friends told him to take a break from social media. ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-06-11By Better Angels
  • Building Relationships With Your Reps
    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. As an advocate, learning how to deliver an effective message to your representatives is key to creating change around the issues that matter most to you. According to research by the Congressional Management Foundation, one of the most powerful ways to increase the impact of your messaging is to shift from sending occasional messages and phone calls to building consistent, personal relationships with your elected officials and their ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2019-06-11By Priya Elangovan
  • A Braver Sort of Politics
    It was gratifying, a few weeks ago, to see that that Republican Congressman Justin Amash made headlines when he became the first Republican in Congress to support impeaching President Donald Trump. It was gratifying not because I think impeachment is the right thing to do, but rather because it was a rare example of true bravery from a politician, and thus nourishment to my weary spirit. I imagine the decision might prove unpopular in Congressman Amash’s home district. Indeed, it might even prompt a primary challenge, the most dreaded phenomenon in modern politics. We Americans don’t all agree about Donald ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-06-11By Justin Naylor
  • Geo-Locating Protests And Tech’s Role In Advancing Movements, Part II
    Reposted from PublicAgenda.org In this last installment of the Rewiring Democracy blog series, we’ll explore how technology can be used to create new opportunities for people to connect and work together. Take a look at “Geo-Locating Protests Part I,” which discusses how new technologies can be employed to organize movements and foster community engagement. TWO MAPS COLLIDE The technology of geo-location, or geo-fencing, relies on the fact that many smartphone applications track our physical locations, and many social media platforms recommend or require our mailing addresses. It is becoming difficult to hide where we are and where we live. ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2019-06-11
  • New On Risers Radio: #WearOrange – Stop Gun Violence
    In recognition of #WearOrange National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we have an entire show dedicated to stopping gun violence. We cover the impact of the Trump administration’s proposal to transfer oversight of international arms sales to the Commerce Department and talk about the impact of gun violence on kids and how you can help keep your children safer in real time. We also cover why it’s a horrible idea to arm teachers and how you can effectively speak out for safety; and reveal the ways in which the NRA has been attacking not just our nation’s public health, ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-06-11By Amber Dorsey
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