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.

  • Citizen Leader Spotlight: Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement
    Every successful movement in American history has been led by the efforts of citizens across the nation. Some of those citizens are incredibly well-known while others work behind the scenes—but it is the cumulative efforts of a huge swath of Americans coming together that makes real change happen.   As we observe Black History Month, we want to celebrate just a few of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who fought against brutality, discrimination and injustice to continue our nation’s movement toward equality for all. Their bravery in the fight for equal representation for all can serve as powerful ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2019-02-13
  • A PB Love Story: How Catherine Met Neil
    On Valentine’s Day, we bring you a story of love and democracy. Catherine Zinnel used to be the coordinator for participatory budgeting (PB) in New York City Council Member Brad Lander's office. She met her now-husband Neil Reilly when he got involved as a PB volunteer. PB brings people together. For Catherine and Neil, PB created an opportunity for strangers to meet, learn about each other, work together...and fall in love! In New York City alone, PB engages 100,000 people each ... (Read More)
    Source: Participatory Budgeting ProjectPublished on 2019-02-13By Ashley Brennan
  • Taking on Economic Inequality
    Washington – Behind the hollow sparring over the border wall and government shutdowns, the ground is shifting under President Trump and the political pendulum is swinging toward a new economic agenda. Even conservative Fox News reports that American voters, by a huge margin, now want to reverse the Trump tax cut of 2017 and increase taxes on the super-rich. The media ballyhoo of the moment trumpets the tax-the-rich proposals from Democratic presidential hopefuls, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and first-term House Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. But an even more stunning political harbinger is ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2019-02-13By hedrick
  • BETTER ANGELS: A Minnesota based initiative to bridge the great red-blue divide in America.
    Twin Cities PBS segment of Almanac at the Capital featuring the Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop at the Inver Grove Heights Library in January 2019. The post BETTER ANGELS: A Minnesota based initiative to bridge the great red-blue divide in America. appeared first on Better Angels. ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-02-13By Better Angels
  • The Amendment Process and the African American Fight for Representation and Equality
    Black History Month is a time our nation honors the integral role African Americans have played in the history of our nation. African Americans’ fight toward equality is rightfully counted among the most extraordinary struggles and triumphs in the history of the world. Despite horrific cruelty and impossible odds, African Americans over the centuries have sacrificed their lives, freedom and safety to demand their rights to liberty and dignity.   When other avenues—including the Supreme Court—failed the movement for black freedom and representation, the amendment process was critical to shaping the fight for racial equality. Indeed, it was the ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2019-02-13
  • Testimony of MomsRising CEO/Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner on the Paycheck Fairness Act
    This is the testimony of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO/Executive Director and Co-Founder of MomsRising, given today before the U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, for the Joint Subcommittee Hearing on the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7): Equal Pay for Equal Work. Thank you, Chairs Suzanne Bonamici and Alma Adams, thank you also ranking Members James Comer and Bradley Byrne, as well as members of the Committee, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for the opportunity to speak and to submit testimony on H.R. ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2019-02-13By Kristin
  • North Carolina Congressman Worked to Get Big Money Out of Politics
    American Promise honors the life and work of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a 13-term Republican congressman from North Carolina who died Sunday at age 76. Jones was a longtime advocate for reducing money in politics. While in Congress he served as co-chair of the Campaign Finance Reform Caucus, called for repeal of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United and pushed for public financing of elections. “The money up here is power,” Jones said in a 2005 interview with McClatchy News Service. “Power is money. It’s true for both sides. That’s what creates problems.” American Promise President Jeff ... (Read More)
    Source: American PromisePublished on 2019-02-13
  • Celebrate Black History Month!
    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. February is National Black History Month and represents an opportunity to honor black Americans today and through history, while recentering our focus on the continued efforts towards racial equality in America. Black Americans have long faced severe underrepresentation in politics (and beyond). Today, there are only three black US senators and zero black governors. In total, black Americans make up just 10% of the 116th Congress. Black women, in ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2019-02-13By Priya Elangovan
  • Imagining Census 2020 without Nonprofits
    The year is 2020. Across the country snow is melting, spring is just around the corner, and letters from the US Census Bureau are inside every mailbox. These letters will ask each household to record basic demographic data about themselves on an online portal. Many families will follow the link and complete the questionnaire with ease and be counted. But many individuals and households may not. Perhaps they lack reliable internet access. Or they receive the materials in a language they don’t speak. Or they’re fearful that the data being collected will be used against them. If they are young children, Latinos, ... (Read More)
    Source: Nonprofit VotePublished on 2019-02-13By Caitlin Donnelly
  • How to Kill Public Service
    By Pete Weichlein, Better Angels Magazine “Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: I served the United States government in that hour of our nation’s need.” -President John F. Kennedy, addressing a joint session of Congress during his first State of the Union Address on January 31, 1961. “You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2019-02-13By Better Angels
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