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.

  • Volunteer of the Month: Elisabeth Parker
      Elisabeth Parker Originally from New York, Elisabeth Parker has spent time in Boston, San Diego and San Francisco and now resides in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and 14 year old daughter.   Elisabeth met her husband in California, and last year, they moved to Tacoma.  Elisabeth is an artist, a techie, a web designer and a blogger for several online liberal news sites. Elisabeth joined the Coffee Party in 2014.  She was attracted to our Join The Coffee Party Movement Facebook Page and was drawn to the idea of a safe place where people with different perspectives can meet ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
  • Board Development Work Group/Volunteer Coordination
      By Leah Spitzer, Coffee Party Volunteer Coordinator As both the Work Group Chair for Board Development and the Volunteer Coordinator, I have the pleasure of meeting our volunteers as they join, and then watching them develop into strong volunteers and eventually, in some cases, leadership positions.   November brought us  an inpouring of volunteer sign ups. People are ready to get engaged and involved.   I scheduled more Orientation Calls, with bigger turnouts than ever before.  I’ve been keeping busy and I love it. The enthusiasm and commitment is contagious.  While much of it can be connected to the election, ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
  • News from the Work Group for Coffee Party Board Development
      Charlotte Vaughan Coyle, Coffee Party Board of Director & Secretary Since the recent elections, Coffee Party USA has been flooded with requests from people who love our country and want to make a difference in our nation. We have welcomed new volunteers in almost every one of our active work groups. What energy we are feeling! If you too are feeling some renewed passion to get more involved, consider joining us in our grassroots movement to build, nurture and connect communities in order to reclaim our government for the people. Besides our goal of activating more volunteers, Coffee Party USA is ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
  • Lessons Learned from Protesting
    Tim Danahey, Coffee Party USA Director of Public and Member Relations Two weeks ago, my neighbor told me about a “Not My President” protest rally scheduled in my hometown.  The theme of the protest is not one I wholeheartedly support but I understood the underlying concerns for civil liberties, racism, and opportunity for all.  I decided to go. This was my first protest except for a rally against Citizens United in Denver years ago.  I didn't know what to expect.  What I found was fascinating, frightening, and encouraging.  Let me tell you what happened. First of all, I discovered ... (Read More)
    Source: Coffee Party USAPublished on 2016-12-03
  • In Italy, Voters Pay for Ballot Information – But There’s a Better Way
    Brexit, Colombia, Turkey . . . time and time again this year we have pointed out examples of where a citizen-based review of confusing, high stakes ballot measures could have made a real difference in countries around the world. People the world over have lamented the poor understanding that voters report after casting a ballot on these national referenda, while the voters themselves in the impacted countries also report being confused at the time they voted. The Palazzo Montecitorio, seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies The latest case is the upcoming Italian referendum, where voters will go to the ... (Read More)
    Source: Healthy DemocracyPublished on 2016-12-02By Jessie Conover
  • New Roadblock for Inspectors General Access to Information
    Last minute concerns over the IG Empowerment Act of 2015 may delay necessary legislation until next Congress. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2016-12-02
  • E Pluribus Unum
    E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. America’s unofficial motto. It is on the Great Seal of the United States and the back of the quarter. It has been used for generations to describe the country, referring to the belief that many nationalities, religions and races become one to form America. However, of late it seems more of a motto than a reality as we seem divided by many things, including party, ideology, ethnicity and race. However, I recently had the pleasure of witnessing the realization of this motto at the SLLF Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) at the University of ... (Read More)
    Source: Bridge AlliancePublished on 2016-12-01
  • FDA and Patient Groups Are Addicted to Drug Industry
    A new investigation by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals the extent to which the FDA is dependent upon the pharmaceutical industry for its funding. And many of the so-called patient and consumer advocacy groups that are supposed to be a bulwark against industry influence also have strong ties to drug companies. ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2016-12-01
  • Announcing “Beyond Our Differences”!
    Click on the logo below to visit our contest site and learn how easy it is to participate!   We're inviting Americans to share their stories about getting things done despite our differences.  Whether it's political, religious, racial or even just a passionate sports rivalry - we want to hear how you were able to bridge a divide at home, at work or in your community.  It's time the folks in Washington see what's possible when Americans work together. Don't have a story to share right now?  Make sure to check out the current submissions, vote for your favorites ... (Read More)
    Source: Big Tent NationPublished on 2016-12-01
  • Press Release
      Liberty and Access for All (L+A) would like to congratulate the following presidential nominees: Governor Nikki Haley for being named as the next US ambassador to the United Nations.  Haley currently serves as the current Governor of South Carolina Former Secretary Elaine Chao for being selected to serve as Secretary of Transportation . Chao served as  Labor secretary under President George W. Bush It is important that President-elect Donald Trump recognize the diversity of the country as he continues to make appointments. L+A founder and President Maram Abdelhamid released the following statement:  “While we are pleased with these nominations ... (Read More)
    Source: Liberty and Access for AllPublished on 2016-11-30By Maram
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