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.

  • Creating spaces for community voices in Baltimore and across the country
    April 29, 2015Many unanswered questions surround the death of Freddie Gray. What we do know is that people are crying out to have a voice, to make change. What happened to Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others are not isolated incidents – they illustrate the systemic nature of the divide between community members and the police. Across the country in public institutions such as policing, education, housing, and health care, there are chronic disparities that run along racial lines. These result from the marginalization of people of color, which is part of our nation's historic relationship to communities ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-04-29By rebecca
  • Recruiting webinar recording and resources
    April 9, 2015Webinar recording   Presentation slides   Related resources Recruitment strategy worksheet Use these worksheets to help your group design a strategy for reaching out and getting new volunteers and participants.     Writing a vision statement meeting agenda This is an exercise to help your coalition create a shared idea about what you hope to accomplish together.     Activity to explore community demographics Use this exercise to help your coalition make a list of the diverse people and groups in your community. This list is helpful for recruitment and communications purposes, to help your efforts be inclusive. ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-04-09By rebecca
  • America the Invisible
    America the Invisible: Anybody Out There? What the Transpartisan Movement Means for Millions of Americans Rebecca Nunziato February 2015 As far as the electorate goes, 2014 was a rough year ““ headlines left and right frantically shouting that it was the lowest turnout since WWII (just 36.4% of eligible voters turned out in 2014)[1]. The numbers certainly are grim; they leave us calling out into the void, “anybody out there?” What is this void? Well, like all things political and social, it is a complex product of variables. Causes range from vulnerability to values; polls blame political ignorance and indifference ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2015-03-24By Becca Nunziato
  • Global Citizens, Part I
    Mark Gerzon Published by Kosmos, Fall/Winter 2009 Tong Shan University, Zhuhai, China, May 12, 2008 “Why do the people in France hate us?” a second year student, one of almost three hundred seated in the large lecture hall, asked me. “They tried to attack the Olympic torch when it was passing through Paris. Is that because they don’t like our country?” For a split second, I was speechless. I knew the answer to the Chinese student’s question. So, I imagine, do you. The answer was: the French demonstrators were particularly angry about the Chinese government’s crackdown in Tibet, as ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2015-03-24By Becca Nunziato
  • Avoid “Selective Empathy” and “Feel Into” Both Sides
    A common belief is society is divided into two mutually incompatible groups—the group of me and those like me who stand for truth and justice, and those not like me who stand for the opposite. It's a wrong-headed way of seeing the world. ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2015-01-09By josephine
  • Avoid “Selective Empathy” and “Feel Into” Both Sides
    A common belief is society is divided into two mutually incompatible groups—the group of me and those like me who stand for truth and justice, and those not like me who stand for the opposite. It's a wrong-headed way of seeing the world. ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2015-01-09By josephine
  • Activity for Incorporating a Racial Equity Lens in Action Teams
    January 7, 2015Download the activity This exercise is designed to help you have a conversation about how your community’s racial dynamics may be impacting your work as you move forward to act on the ideas generated from the dialogues. It will help you think about how you can work together more equitably as a team during this phase of the process.   This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Download the activity Attachment: Activity for Incorporating a Racial Equity Lens in Action TeamsType: Handouts and WorksheetsPhase: Action0        ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2015-01-07By rebecca
  • Strategies to take action and build trust between the community and police
    December 8, 2014In the wake of recent events, there has been a call for a new way of building relationships with the police. Leaders want to provide ways for people to have a voice, work across divides and establish equitable policing that is accountable to the community. In our work over the past 25 years, Everyday Democracy has partnered with several diverse coalitions that have created large-scale dialogue and change processes to address community-police relations.  Though there is much to be done in communities across our country, we know from experience that change is possible.  While recognizing the complexity of ... (Read More)
    Source: Everyday DemocracyPublished on 2014-12-08By rebecca
  • The Transpartisan Journey
    It was a typical transpartisan moment. “Mark, I’d like to introduce you next week to Mr. X,” said my colleague. She was organizing a meeting with some ad agency executives to help us develop a brand and p.r. strategy for the transpartisan movement. “Great,” I replied. “Mr. X does fantastic work!” “But there’s one problem: he’s worked a lot with Al Gore on the climate change issue. Is that okay?” “That’s absolutely fine,” I said, smiling at the irony. “Everybody in America is a partisan of some kind. We’re going to work all across the political spectrum. So please introduce ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2014-02-17By admin
  • If It’s Broken, Fix It
    To understand why the government has temporarily closed its doors, all I have to do is to look on the upper left corner of my car windshield. The little sticker tells me exactly when I must take my car in for its next maintenance check. If the oil light on my car dashboard turns red, and I do nothing about it, what can I expect? From my perspective, the light has been red on Capitol Hill for almost two decades. Because I have spent those years in the crossfire between the armies of Left and Right, this current government shut-down ... (Read More)
    Source: Mediators FoundationPublished on 2013-12-11By admin
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