Bridge Alliance

Welcome to the Alliance

We are a diverse coalition of more than 90 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America. Each member has agreed to adhere to The Four Principles.

Since it’s often difficult for any one group to fully capture public attention or broadly popularize solutions, we are banding together to create great impact across three broad areas: civic engagement, governance and policymaking, and campaign and election processes.

 

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The Fight for Open Elections - New Mexico

On November 13th, Open Primaries Education Fund (OPEF) filed a lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver challenging the state’s expenditure of funds to supervise and administer its closed primary elections. New Mexico is one of only 9 states with completely closed primary elections, which disenfranchise the state’s 270,000 registered independent voters -- 22% of New Mexicans and the fastest growing segment of the electorate. At issue is the unconstitutional use of taxpayer money to pay for primary elections that benefit private political party activities. Specifically, OPEF argues that the current system violates the anti-donation clause of the New Mexico Constitution, which reads:

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Inspired Stories: Bridging The Divide

Inspire Leader, Claire Harmon, a senior at Marshall Co. High School in Kentucky, is a Fellow with the 22x20 which is a campaign to engage the youth to have a voice in the democratic process. How Long Have You Been Thinking About Making Change Or Engaging Other Youth In Making Change? I have been interested in advocacy since entering high school. My family had never been particularly invested in politics or social issues, but when I entered high school, I found a group of friends all dedicated to effecting change in our area. Through extracurricular activities and the encouragement of my friends, I found my voice and realized that there are issues I care deeply about.

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5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry, Thanksgiving can also bring uncomfortable political conversations. Thanksgiving is truly a time when we’re forced out of our filter bubbles. Suddenly we find ourselves passing the mashed potatoes to Uncle Tom, a guy whose wacky Facebook posts we hid months ago — and hoo boy, he just brought up immigration. While many of us have a tendency to surround ourselves with like-minded people and consume biased news the other 364 days of the year, suddenly, there’s no algorithm ensuring we confront only views we already agree with.

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