Daily Resource Highlight - 11/07/2022
Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on November 07, 2022 at 2:23 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
November 1, 2022 - Anxious to “Do Something” Other Than Donating; We’ve Got You
Like many of you, my inbox is a steady stream of donation requests from one of the two major political parties – and this is after I added filters to get rid of most of them. I am antsy about the upcoming elections, and would like to put my energy to good use, but being treated like a piggy bank isn’t much fun.
If you’re on the same page, please sign the Safe and Fair Elections Pledge as soon as possible. I also highly recommend visiting Citizen Connect. The site has a steady stream of events to keep you engaged and informed, and new events are being added all the time. For instance….
- The Belfer Center will host a webinar on November 3rd @ 7 PM ET to discuss the challenges of misinformation and disinformation ahead of the midterms.
- Unify Challenge on November 3rd @ 8 PM ET will give you the opportunity to connect with somebody who may vote / think differently than you.
- On November 5th @ 2 PM ET, Braver Angels will help you learn how to preserve important family bonds without sacrificing your values or political beliefs.
You could also apply for the 2023 Braver Angels Convention to help unite the country, and/or simply listen to a few informative podcasts in the upcoming days, like…
- This episode by the USC Center for the Political Future, where Hispanic Americans discuss the gains they’ve made in finding power in the White House, as well as the challenges and discrimination that Hispanics still face.
- The Democracy Group’s episode about bridging divides, featuring Civic Health Project, Listen First Project, and The Village Square.
And if you want a bit of non-partisan good news about the elections, here’s an article by Jazmin Sanchez, formerly of RepresentWomen, about how this could be a record-breaking year for female governors. Right now, there are nine female governors (tied for the record), but eleven women are favored to win election, and a few more have a shot. In other words, there’s a chance that more than ¼ of U.S. Governors could be female in 2023. We’ll just have to wait and see!
November 3, 2022 - Democracy Among Growing Diversity: Gender, Age, Religion, Etc.
Diversity has become a core part of the conversation as we figure out what America’s democratic republic will look like in the next few decades. And necessarily so, as the American Dream continues to attract people of all backgrounds and experiences with the possibility of better life. (though some of that hinges on stability, so take the pledge!)
The implications of this changing landscape are impossible to predict. For instance, the American Values Coalition considers a future where Christians are a minority, but what exactly that means is anybody’s guess. As churches contemplate their proper role in elections (podcast), should the same thinking be applied to synagogues? Mosques? Other places of worship?
And what are the implications of diversity for the push for women in politics? We know from RepresentWomen’s latest report that women are a growing part of city leadership, and that we are likely to see a record number of female governors this year. We also know, though, that different cultures treat women differently. How will those cultural differences affect women in government?
Meanwhile, Millennials and Gen Z are quickly asserting themselves as political forces. According to Student Governmental Affairs Program, as of early September, Gen Z’ers (18-24) in 2020 had already exceeded 2018’s registration numbers for the same age group in eighteen states. As for Millennials, MAP found that Millennials are beginning to take over Congress, and that these young legislators tend to score as more bipartisan than their older counterparts. Will that collaborative spirit stay with them? Hopefully!
Either way, to quote Bob Dylan, “I know a change gonna come.”
- AllSides with Living Room Conversations (On Demand Video) October 18th: AllSides Live: News, Anxiety and Elections with Becca Kearl of Living Room Conversations
- American Promise (On-Demand Video) October 29th: Maureen Kline of Pirelli Tire: Businesses that End Political Contributions Can Focus on Innovation and Community
- American Values Coalition (Blog) October 27th: Christian Nationalism Declining, and That's Good for Christians
- Braver Angels (Volunteer Request) Due November 14 Braver Angels DC Alliance Volunteer Interest Form
- Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (Paper) October 26th: The CRFB Fiscal Blueprint for Reducing Debt and Inflation
- Divided We Fall (Blog) October 26th: Midterm Prediction: Will Abortion or Inflation Motivate Voters?
- FairVote (Article) October 24th: The Progress Toward Reforming the Electoral Count Act
- Millennial Action Project (Report) November 2nd: Millennials On The Rise In Congress
- Narratives Project (Survey) Improving the News Survey
- National Civic League (Blog) October 28th: Speaking Up For Democracy
- Participatory Budgeting Project (Recorded Webinar) November 1st: Community-Led Recovery: PB with ARPA Funds Panel Discussion
- Public Agenda (Report) October 27th: The Political Alienation Barometer
- Student Governmental Affairs Program (Newsletter) November 2022: SGAP Newsletter for November 2022 (Student Loan Debt + Puerto Rico Statehood)
- R Street Institute (Report) October 12th: The Policy Landscape of Overdose Prevention Centers in the United States
- RepresentWomen (Report) November 2nd: Women’s Representation and the Twin-Track Ecosystem in the 100 Largest Cities in the United States
- Veterans for Political Innovation (Newsletter) October 29th: Newsletter: Fall 2022 Momentum Building
- Veterans for Political Innovation (Video) October 14th: Reformation Series: Conversation with Seth David Radwell