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.

  • Celebrating Young Voices: A Recap of the 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards Ceremony
    Photo by Bleh Seton One of the great programs that Illinois Humanities presented this year was the revitalization of the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards. When the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet passed away in 2000, the statewide youth poetry contest she’d created 30 years earlier ended. The program — one of the numerous that was part of the Our Miss Brooks 100 (OMB 100) celebration of the centennial of Ms. Brooks’ birth — is the brainchild of Quraysh Ali Lansana, head of OMB 100 who approached Illinois Humanities to revive the program that celebrates poetry and youth voices statewide.  There were 260 ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2017-11-07By Colin Smith
  • Election Day, Maine news, Comedy Central & more!
    News flash! Our communications director and senior fellow David Daley will be the featured guest at 11:30 pm tonight on Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. David will discuss his investigative journalism about partisan gerrymandering and the reform solution to gerrymandering embodied in the Fair Representation Act.David’s been speaking around the country -- coming up is a featured slot at the State of American Democracy conference in Oberlin on Nov. 15-17. His recent writings include analysis for the New Yorker on the Gill gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court and for the Arizona Daily Star on Sen. Jeff Flake and the Fair ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-11-07
  • A New Round of Illinois Speaks Microgrants Approved
    Illinois Humanities approved 14 new microgrants for community dialogues fall 2017. A few of the topics from the most recent round of Illinois Speaks microgrants include: A dialogue on the relationship between law enforcement and community hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),  Springfield chapter. A discussion of the relationship between Polish and Haitian immigrant communities in Chicago hosted by the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Forums on free speech and the freedom of information act hosted by Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst. A discussion on homeschooling at the River Valley Library in Port Byron. ... (Read More)
    Source: IHPublished on 2017-11-07By Colin Smith
  • How Delegate Selection Rules Could Impact the Fate of the New York Constitutional Convention
    Today New Yorkers will vote on whether to hold a New York State Constitutional Convention, often referred to by the shorthand “con con.” The con con issue has fractured both parties along establishment vs activists lines, those who fear it as a threat to entrenched gains against those who see an opportunity to pursue goals that have long been deadlocked at the state level. Polling on the issue shows the constitutional convention well behind, after a month of well financed campaigning by the “No” campaign. However, it is still worth exploring what the makeup of the convention might be, and ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-11-07
  • 5 Reasons to Vote for the Women You’ve Never Heard Of
    Originally published on Medium, Monday, November 5 / Election Day 2017 is today, Tuesday, November 6 Tomorrow, voters in small towns across America, in 59 of the 100 largest cities, and in thirty-three states will head to the polls and elect new leaders who will make choices that affect our everyday lives. And voters will likely see a lot of unfamiliar names — many of them belonging to women — on the ballot this year. Imagine what would happen if every woman on the ballot tomorrow got elected. Every. Single. One. At VoteRunLead, the nonpartisan nonprofit I founded that trains women across the country to run ... (Read More)
    Source: Moms RisingPublished on 2017-11-07By Erin Vilardi
  • Getting More Involved with Deliberative Democracy
    Today’s election day and in addition to voting, NCDD Sponsor – the Jefferson Center – recently shared this piece written by Annie Pottorff to encourage people to further stretch their civic muscles and get involved with deliberative democracy. We recommend you check out this list they’ve compiled [complete with entertaining GIFs!] and find the ways that work for you to tap deeper into deliberative democracy. You can read the post below or find the original version on the Jefferson Center’s blog here. 10 Ways to Get Involved in Deliberative Democracy Creating local change can be difficult, between finding the time, motivation, ... (Read More)
    Source: National Coalition for Dialogue & DeliberationPublished on 2017-11-07By Keiva Hummel
  • What FairVote’s Watching on Election Day 2017
    Although federal elections always fall on even-numbered years, important state and local elections happen every year - and 2017 is no exception. Here are some of the contests FairVote will be watching on Election Day, November 7, 2017. Minneapolis - Ranked Choice Voting’s Highest Profile Contests This Year Minneapolis is the largest city that will elect its officers with ranked choice voting (RCV) this year (San Francisco recently adopted a charter amendment changing its election schedule and won’t be holding an RCV election for the first time since 2003). Incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges faces several serious and well-financed challengers in ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-11-07
  • Sustainable Foods Summit North America 2018 Agenda Announced
    Following the success of the previous seven editions, Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) is announcing the agenda of the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit ( Taking place in San Francisco on 30-31st January, the executive summit will feature health impacts, food ingredients, and organic & eco-labels. The two-day summit will bring together leading organizations involved in eco-labels and sustainability in the regional food industry. There are four distinct sessions that will cover the following topics…. Session 1: Sustainability Developments Conscious capitalism for sustainable development Measuring impacts of food and beverages Disrupting the sustainable food market ... (Read More)
    Source: Future500Published on 2017-11-06By Matt Stites
  • Fair Representation in Action: Cambridge Holds Ranked Choice Voting Elections
    On November 7th, 2017, Cambridge, Massachusetts voters will head to the polls to elect their city council and school board using ranked choice voting (RCV). Cambridge is well-known as the home of Harvard University and MIT, but is also the 4th largest city in Massachusetts touting a diverse and dynamic population. For more than 75 years, the city has successfully used RCV to conduct municipal elections, with approximately 95 percent of voters seeing at least one of their top three choices elected to office. Cambridge doesn't use wards or districts in its City Council and School Board elections, so every ... (Read More)
    Source: Fair VotePublished on 2017-11-06
  • Pre-MNF: TBOR ED & Board Member, Bart Starr Jr., Brett Favre & Steve Young
    GREEN BAY – En route to meet with prominent Wisconsin elected officials prior to Monday Night Football, Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner (left) joined several Alabamians including Bart Starr Jr. (right photo), as well as Take Back Board Member Camille Solberg (center photo) and all-time great quarterbacks Steve Young and Brett Favre in Green Bay. Like Take Back, the Green Bay Packers are a non-profit, the only such organization in the NFL. Monday’s event benefited another great non-profit, Rawhide, which helps troubled teenagers and families and was founded by Bart Jr’s parents Bart and Cherry Starr. The ... (Read More)
    Source: Take Back Our RepublicPublished on 2017-11-06By Admin
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