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.

  • Toward a More Just Future for Illinois Communities: Reflections on the Role of the Public Humanities
    “We stood about in the Sampson yard, not close together as people huddle in the face of a great sorrow. We stood a few feet apart, as the law required,” writes Ruby Berkley Goodwin in It’s Good to Be Black, her memoir of her formative years in the small town of Du Quoin, located “in the heart of the coal belt of southern Illinois.”
    In It’s Good to Be Black, Ruby Berkley Goodwin recounts her experience of growing up in an African American family in Du Quoin, Illinois. This is the cover of the 60th anniversary edition, published in ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2020-07-02By Ned Schaub
  • What FairVote’s Ranked Choice Voting Polls Say About the “Veepstakes”
    FairVote partnered with leading pollsters on three rigorous ranked choice voting (RCV) polls over the course of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season. These RCV polls offer greater insights than traditional single-choice polling into the strengths and weaknesses of three women who have been among the frontrunners to be Joe Biden’s Democratic vice presidential (VP) nominees: Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren.  In multi-candidate fields, RCV polls are better able to capture candidates’ breadth of support and anticipate which candidates are best positioned to assemble a majority coalition. As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden prepares to select ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-07-02
  • First Statewide Online Assembly Will Look at Coronavirus Recovery
    From Portland Tribune: Forty Oregonians, just under half the size of the Legislature, will meet online during the next six weeks to help chart a course for the state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Chosen at random and reflective of the population, they will take part in a statewide assembly that mirrors Oregon’s decade-long citizen review process of selected ballot initiatives. They will listen to experts and each other, hear arguments and come up with a set of facts and recommendations about next steps. But the executive director of Healthy Democracy, one of the groups involved in organizing the effort, said ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2020-07-02By News Source
  • What Can You Expect Giving Birth in NC During COVID-19
    Being pregnant and giving birth can be scary and raise lots of questions even in the best of times. At MomsRising, we’ve heard your concerns as you navigate this uncertain moment and your desire to make sure expecting families and providers are on the same page when it comes to ensuring positive and successful birth experiences and outcomes.  Everyone who becomes pregnant, gives birth, and/or is breastfeeding/chestfeeding should have access to a safe, healthy, and respectful experience, even (and especially!) during the coronavirus pandemic. This is why MomsRising joined together with stakeholders across the state on the North Carolina Pregnancy ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-07-01By Tina Sherman
  • TAKE ACTION: Justice for Elijah McClain
    Take Action!Elijah McClain -- a young Black man who loved animals, a violinist, a highly regarded massage therapist, and a person beloved by his community -- was simply walking home from the store after buying iced tea when police officers in Aurora, Colorado detained and murdered him nearly a year ago. The officers who murdered Elijah have yet to be fired or charged.There is still no justice. Not only have the officers NOT been charged yet, yesterday the Aurora, CO police, in riot gear, used pepper spray to break up a peaceful violin vigil in a city park calling for justice ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-07-01By Kristin
  • Tell your Senators to Extend Unemployment Insurance!
    Take Action!We’re hearing from moms every single day who are struggling with unemployment and questioning how they are going to pay their bills and continue to put food on the table for their families. Moms like Beverly, who writes:“When I was laid off from my job due to COVID-19, as a single mother I was petrified. The added $600 in unemployment benefits has been a lifeline, the difference between keeping a roof over our heads and homelessness. With no end in sight of this pandemic, we need the expansion of unemployment benefits to make sure no one gets left behind ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-07-01By Elyssa Schmier
  • Tell Governors and Mayors to Invest in Student Supports –NOT Police in Schools
    Take Action!We are living in extraordinary times. Nationwide mobilizations in the aftermath of too many police killings have renewed an important conversation about police accountability and the role police play in our lives. Even further this conversation has called into question the role police play in the lives of our children, specifically in school buildings. We too often assume that the presence of police in schools is synonymous with safety. It is NOT. The reality is most parents and caregivers know very little about the role police play in their kids schools. We do know that the physical, social, and ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-07-01By Beatriz Beckford
  • Oregonians to weigh in on COVID-19 recovery issues in ‘virtual citizen assembly’
    From KTVZ News Channel 21: PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregonians from all walks of life will participate in the state’s first virtual Citizen Assembly to weigh in on what could be some of the state’s most important policy considerations in a generation. The virtual Citizen Assembly, a pilot project of nonpartisan, nonprofit Healthy Democracy and Oregon’s Kitchen Table, will meet weekly in July and August 2020. They will discuss, deliberate and develop a set of recommendations for Oregon’s COVID recovery that will be published online in late August. The Assembly models the kind of participatory democracy growing around the globe in recent years. Read the ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2020-07-01By News Source
  • Systemic Racism: What It’s Like to Be Me
    David J. Webb has been interning with SLLF for over a year, working on numerous projects. Last week, we asked him to write a piece for the website about the death of George Floyd from his perspective as a young black male as well as his thoughts on strategies for addressing the concerns raised by protestors. The result is “Systemic Racism: What It’s Like to Be Me.” by : David J. Webb, SLLF Intern On May 25, 2020 George Floyd gasped for his last breath of air while pleading for his life as dozens of onlookers begged for the police ... (Read More)
    Source: SLLFPublished on 2020-07-01By SLLF
  • Ranked Choice Voting Wins in 2020
    We’re only halfway through 2020, but ranked choice voting (RCV) has already had enough victories to fill a full year!  In just the first six months of the year, there’s been the use of RCV in five presidential primaries, phenomenal media coverage in digital and print outlets, amazing progress on numerous state-led campaigns to put RCV to statewide referenda in November, and much more.  Here is a comprehensive list of RCV victories thus far in 2020:  RCV is heading to statewide ballots. in November. Massachusetts will vote on passage of Maine-style RCV. At least one state (Alaska) will ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-07-01
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