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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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Open Primaries takes the 'politics' out of politics

This week, John Opdycke, President of Bridge Alliance Member Open Primaries, and Steve Westly, founder of Ebay and formerly California's State Controller, co-wrote an op-ed titled "In California, open primaries took the 'politics' out of politics". This op-ed examines the direct link between California's recent passage of landmark, bipartisan climate change legislation and the open primaries that created the political environment for it.

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Disaster relief

Our hearts have been heavy these past few weeks with the destruction and suffering that has occurred in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Caribbean islands, and the western US. The hurricanes and fires have left thousands of people and animals in dire situations. This week, we are encouraging our base to make a contribution to assist those in need.

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Join us in honoring campuses!

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge works towards making democratic engagement a defining feature on college campuses. They currently have 570 campuses signed up! Now is the time to recognize these campuses for the great work they are doing in increasing student voting and making democratic participation core values on their campuses. The next day, October 20th, will be the closing reception for the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, DC where Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation will announce the winners of the American Civic Collaboration Awards!

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Public Engagement Strategy Workshop

Looking for assistance with organizing and sustaining productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use online engagement tools? Need expert advice on bringing together a diverse critical mass of people? Our member, Public Agenda, is bringing their Public Engagement Strategy Workshop to the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 19th. This workshop will provide you with the tools and resources you need to authentically engage stakeholders in thoughtful, democratic processes.

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Job openings & Internships!

We recently put out a request to our members to forward their current open job positions and internship spots. Know anyone that may be looking? Please forward this!

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Bridge Alliance and members denounce hate

Bridge Alliance sent out a press release to over 1000 reporters this week and created a petition in response to the weeks events surrounding Charlottesville. Bridge Alliance works hard to stay above everyday politics and bridge our deep partisan divides. What we have been witnessing is not everyday politics, it is bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism - the antithesis of our basic values as Americans and human beings. We know these issues are too serious to not take a head on stand against. Will you stand with us? Please read our statement and sign our petition and if you would like to leave a response saying how you believe our country can come together. These responses will be shared on our website and social media.

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6th Annual Sustainable Business & Policy Summit

Government often makes bad decisions about climate, infrastructure, health care, taxes, regulations and other priorities because a few unsustainable mega-influencers insist that’s “what business wants.” Responsible business leaders know better. We are proud to help announce our member The American Sustainable Business Council's 6th annual sustainable business & policy summit, on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C., you’ll get the tools to tell your representatives what your business really wants from government to create an economy that works for all.

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