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.

  • Updates From the Movement
    25 million independent voters, including almost half of all millennial voters, were barred from voting in presidential primaries in 2016. Millions more registered Democrats and Republicans were prevented from voting for the candidate of their choice. The result? Recent polling shows 70% of all Americans now support open primaries. Why? Closed primaries are the most rampant form of voter suppression of the 21st century. Now, more than ever, we need our democracy to be open and fair -- representative of all Americans, not just party extremists. Here are five reasons why we need open primaries, right now: ... (Read More)
    Source: OpenPrimariesPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Community addresses purpose and promise of public education
    This article appeared in the Herald & Review on May 22, 2017. Continuing Ed. is a yearlong, statewide series of free public programs that puts parents and schools back at the center of conversations addressing difficult questions. You can find the original article here. DECATUR — In a wide-ranging evaluation of the state of public education, one central question cut to the heart of the challenges educators discussed Monday. “My concern is, are we making education relevant?” asked Bishop G.E. Livingston, president of Robertson Charter School. Livingston was among 10 panelists who tackled a spectrum of education-related issues during a ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2017-05-25By Colin Smith
  • ‘Push and pull’: Triton hosts immigration panel discussion
    This post appeared in Elm Leaves on May 8, 2017. Illinois Speaks is a series of community-driven, small group discussions. You can find the original article here. Virginia Cabasa-Hess, who moderated an immigration panel discussion last week at Triton College, said that many immigrants face “the push and pull of cultures.” On May 4, a two-hour discussion, held on the Triton College Student Center’s second floor, targeted this “push and pull.” “People on the Move: Time and Space Compression,” was hosted by the Triton College Council on Diversity Affairs and partly funded through the Illinois Humanities Council “Illinois Speaks” grant. The discussion ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2017-05-25By Colin Smith
  • How to Effectively Engage Lawmakers at Town Hall Meetings
    (The following blog was posted on NPEngage.com hosted by CQ/Roll Call - May 25, 2017) Town hall meetings held by Members of Congress in 2017 have been one part theater, two parts protest, and usually three parts crazy. Normally about 20 to 40 constituents attend the average town hall meeting held by a House member. But with the new administration, citizens have been showing up to them in the hundreds or even the thousands. The media has focused on those meetings which are most raucous. (Why cover an event where an elected official and constituents have a calm conversation on ... (Read More)
    Source: Published on 2017-05-25
  • How to Effectively Engage Lawmakers at Town Hall Meetings
    (The following blog was posted on NPEngage.com hosted by CQ/Roll Call - May 25, 2017) Town hall meetings held by Members of Congress in 2017 have been one part theater, two parts protest, and usually three parts crazy. Normally about 20 to 40 constituents attend the average town hall meeting held by a House member. But with the new administration, citizens have been showing up to them in the hundreds or even the thousands. The media has focused on those meetings which are most raucous. (Why cover an event where an elected official and constituents have a calm conversation on ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2017-05-25
  • Politico Influence: Andres Bascumbe is joining TechCongress
    Politico Influence reports that Andres Bascumbe joined the TechCongress team.Andres Bascumbe is joining TechCongress, a startup housed at New America, as a program manager. Bascumbe previously worked for Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), handing technology, cybersecurity, federal IT, government contracting and telecommunications issues.  ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2017-05-25By Andres Bascumbe
  • Take The Poll!
    Over the years, we’ve heard lots of ideas on how to improve the campaign finance system – at every level of government. Which proposals do you think should be top priority? Take the poll HERE!     The post Take The Poll! appeared first on Take Back Our Republic. ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2017-05-25By Admin
  • Take The Poll!
    Over the years, we’ve heard lots of ideas on how to improve the campaign finance system – at every level of government. Which proposals do you think should be top priority? Take the poll HERE!     The post Take The Poll! appeared first on Take Back Our Republic. ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2017-05-25By Admin
  • A Wedge-Busting National Priorities Survey
    We've long made the case that when you're Wedged, you've been manipulated into losing sight of your own political priorities, for two reasons:You are fooled into thinking emotionally resonant "wedge issues" are a very high priority for you; when forced to prioritize, these fall below other issuesYou are fooled into believing that your priorities for the nation are in fact very different from those of other political stripes--when in reality you actually have a lot in commonHaving sight of one's political priorities is important for many reasons. The most obvious reason is that it helps you pick a candidate that actually ... (Read More)
    Source: ReConsiderPublished on 2017-05-25By Erik Fogg
  • What We’re Reading: New Partnerships Journal Issue
    Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, online journal, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This spring 2017 issue of Partnerships offers new perspectives and research on enduring matters for service-learning scholars and practitioners.  Three articles tackle distinct areas of concern: […] ... (Read More)
    Source: ADP of the AASCUPublished on 2017-05-25By American Democracy Project
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