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.

  • If her sister had access to health insurance, she may still be with us.
    MomsRising collects stories from our members all across the U.S. about how health policies are impacting families. Here is a powerful story about the need to make sure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care from a MomsRising volunteer in Illinois. ---- "My sister developed cervical cancer in 2007. She went months without telling anyone or getting it checked out because she and her husband had no health insurance. By the time she sought treatment, when her husband realized what was going on, it was rather large and she required extensive radiation 5 days per week for 6 weeks. In summer ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-05-20By Felicia Burnett
  • Virginia: Women Lead Voting Reforms
    Washington – No state has done more for voter rights and ballot access this year than Virginia, and women were the key drivers of those reforms. Go back half a dozen years and Virginia’s state government looked Deep South and Deep Red. The Virginia legislature was run by Republicans, mastered and marshaled by men. Democrats were woefully outgunned. Women were not a factor in state power. They constituted only 24 out of a total of 140 state lawmakers. But that comfortable Old Boys Club in the former capital of the Confederacy was in for a shock. The old power structure ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2020-05-20By hedrick
  • The Passion of Tyrion and Varys Pt II
    We continue through Westeros, China, Rome, and talk a bit more about contemporary leaders, their struggles, and the people at their backs that have to make some very hard choices.   More Notes   Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons   How did Varys and Tyrion (and Jorah) deal? Note here that both of these guys ... (Read More)
    Source: ReConsiderPublished on 2020-05-20By Erik Fogg
  • Monthly Action: Make Your Plan for Voting Now – May 2020
    Though social distancing might have you staying at home, you’re still empowered to make change. We’re excited to introduce a new series of monthly actions that invite Common Grounders to bring light, not heat, to the work of leading progress on America’s most pressing issues. First up: get educated on your options for voting during COVID-19. May 2020 Action: Make a Plan for Voting As the global pandemic impacts America’s economy, education system, healthcare and more, the stakes are high for voters to make their voices heard to reimagine our collective future. But with states making varying decisions on how to ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2020-05-19By Emily McFaul
  • Prioritizing Mental Health in the Time of COVID
    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. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and advocates and organizations are raising awareness around the importance of expanding access to mental health services, particularly in the current crisis. Since the onset of the COVID crisis, the gender gap in mental health has grown by 66 percent, accounting almost entirely for the national rise of mental illness. Experts attribute this gap to many factors including increased care responsibilities ... (Read More)
    Source: All In TogetherPublished on 2020-05-19By Priya Elangovan
  • The United States’ history of third party candidates: Is the problem with third parties, or with our binary election system?
    Libertarian Justin Amash’s short-lived presidential campaign in this year’s election led to immediate vitriol and questions on how a third-party candidate may impact who becomes President. Of course, there are other third-party candidates this year, including the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins. What is clear is that many voters blame third-party candidates for “spoiling elections” when margins of victory are smaller than the vote shares of third-party candidates.  FairVote proposes a simple fix to this problem: adopt ranked choice voting (RCV). To do nothing risks another election where we are left wondering, “what if?”, then mistakenly blame voters instead of giving ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2020-05-19
  • Writers Roundtable – May 2020
    Braver Angels’ writers reconvened to talk about the handling of the allegations against Biden, reasons for the country’s continued polarization in the midst of COVID-19, and how Braver Angels should emphasize different aspects of its messaging. Contributors: James CoanErica EtelmanMonica GuzmanRandy LiozRuth LittmanLuke PhillipsGreg Steinbrecher The post Writers Roundtable – May 2020 appeared first on Braver Angels. ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2020-05-18By Braver Angels
  • What does it take to lead in times of crisis?
    In times of social turmoil and economic uncertainty, the American people have looked to elected officials for both hope and leadership. Here’s what presidents throughout history have shared as a common message in times of crisis – and why it’s so essential to our work in the present moment, as we seek to navigate a shared path through the COVID-19 pandemic. ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2020-05-18By Emily McFaul
  • Tax cuts for millionaires won’t cure COVID-19!
    With unemployment numbers reaching levels we haven’t seen since the Great Depression and lines for food banks wrapping around the block, it doesn’t seem like it’s too much to ask that funding for COVID-19 relief be targeted at those most in need, not the super wealthy. But the GOP always has a way to sneak in tax cuts for their super wealthy cronies and they did it again with the CARES Act! ***SIGN OUR LETTER NOW calling on Congress to repeal the #MillionairesGiveaway and instead pass working family tax credits that boost struggling families! Here’s what’s going on: Congress passed the ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2020-05-18By Elyssa Schmier
  • Peter Yarrow Wants You! To Enter Our Songwriting Conest
    Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary sings the group’s Grammy-winning hit “If I Had a Hammer” and encourages you to try your hand at singing a song that captures the spirit of Braver Angels for our songwriting contest. For full rules and information:
    The Braver Angels Songwriting Contest The post Peter Yarrow Wants You! To Enter Our Songwriting Conest appeared first on Braver Angels. ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2020-05-18By Braver Angels
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