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Join us at Unrig The System Summit in NOLA!

We are thrilled to announce that Debilyn Molineaux, our Co-Founder & Director, will be a speaker at the Unrig The System Summit hosted by Bridge Alliance member Represent.Us in New Orleans on February 2-4. Unrig The System Summit is no ordinary conference. No endless panels and speeches. It’s fast-paced and fun, with plenty of time to self-organize as you mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists. This is about crossing partisan and ideological divides and working together on concrete solutions to unrig America’s political system…. with plenty of New Orleans fun mixed in.

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Membership growth

In the past few weeks, Bridge Alliance has welcomed 3 new member organizations to our steadily expanding membership base. We have seen members work on diverse issues throughout 2017, all while promoting civility and collaboration. 2018 brings new opportunities for our members to collaborate with each other and for our movement to reach greater heights. Our newest members are Students PIRGs, Issue One, and MapLight.

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A Global Day of Giving

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Created by our member organization 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces - collaborating across sectors, offering expertise, and working tirelessly - to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow, and strengthen the movement.

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Gratitude

Just over three years ago, 40 social entrepreneurs, nonprofit execs, dialogue/mediator professionals and political reform leaders gathered in a room in Reston, VA to address the question “What could we do together, that we could not do alone?” -- the topic was political reform. The contributions from that day would become the Bridge Alliance, which has grown to help more than 80 organizations connect and collaborate with each other.

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Apply for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award!

Bridge Alliance member Cities of Service has launched the Engaged Cities Award, a new recognition program that finds and elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Cities of Service knows that many cities around the world are involving citizens in creative and effective ways, including civic tech, data analysis, impact volunteering, and more. These cities are combining the reach of City Hall with the on-the-ground knowledge of citizens to solve public problems.

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Upcoming Member Events

This year has been an expansive and exciting year for Bridge Alliance and our members. Our 81 members(and growing!) are a diverse group spanning across different areas - civic engagement, governance and policy making, campaigns and elections - but all committed to solving the great challenges facing our nation collaboratively and respectfully. We are happy to announce a few of their upcoming events and hope you will attend those that interest you.

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Vietnam 50 years: Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress is hosting a free and open event on November 16th - Vietnam 50 years: Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored. A bipartisan group of former members of Congress will be discussing the tumultuous Vietnam era and how many issues in the 1960s and 1970s still play a role in our national dialogue. This event is free and open to the public - reserve your seat!

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The Civvys are almost here!

More than ever before, America’s future depends on working together. We need to celebrate the people and initiatives that leverage collaboration and creativity to strengthen communities, heal partisan divides and invigorate American democracy. That’s why we created the American Civic Collaboration Awards - or Civvys. The 2017 American Civic Collaboration Awards finalists all exemplify what it means to embrace diverse perspectives and make a difference. Selected by a panel of civic engagement experts from over 50 nominations, this year’s finalists have achieved on-the-ground impact at the youth, regional and national level. We are pleased to honor them, along with all our nominees, at an awards ceremony and reception on Friday, October 20 at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. The winners will be announced following the awards ceremony.

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Public safety over party alliance

The Bridge Alliance community stands in solidarity with the victims and their families of the Las Vegas attack. The senseless violence has left our nation stunned and in grief. It is time for our communities to come together and have the big conversations and a time for our policy makers to get to work.

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Join us at the National Conference on Citizenship!

Join us for the annual National Conference on Citizenship October 19-20 at The Washington Court Hotel in DC. With the goal of strengthening civic life in America, this working convening will focus on civic life, civic health, and civic renewal through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The closing ceremony will be hosted by Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation where we will be announcing the winners of The American Civic Collaboration Awards. The nominees have been announced! We hope to see you there and we thank the NCOC for letting us be a part.

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