Daily Resource Highlight - 4/05/2021
Posted by Michelle Dickson on April 29, 2021 at 3:22 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
3/30/2021 - Kids Don’t Want to Have to Pick Sides
Last month, we highlighted an article by Nick Troiano of Unite America. In the article, Nick notes that, according to a recent Gallup poll, half of Americans self-identify as “independent.” However, less than a third of Americans are registered as independent. Presumably, part of the reason for that difference is that independents in 14 states (including heavily populated states like Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida) can’t vote in the primaries.
Open Primaries has been trying to change that for years now, and in June of 2020 they were joined by Dariel Cruz Rodriguez and Elena Ashburn of Generation Z. Together, Dariel and Elena formed Students for Open Primaries as a collaborative project of Open Primaries and Civics Unplugged.
Though Dariel and Elena are Gen Z’ers, they are making it very clear that they want to form an alliance with Millennials (which is now the largest generation in the country). As a Millennial myself, I appreciate the outreach. The two generations can be a powerful collaborative force in politics.
4/02/201 - Davenport Talks City Bankruptcies, the Epidemic of Loneliness, Race in Education, and More
Up until recently, geography placed a strict limitation on who could access the opportunities presented by universities and colleges. Even when classes / lectures were open to the public, most people could only attend events that were in their area. And even then, the audience was limited by the physical size of the room
The Internet all but eliminated these obstacles, and soon online learning became a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar classrooms -- complete with video, sound, and interaction. It was a luxury that most schools took advantage of to some extent.
Because of COVID-19, though, higher education has leaned into technology to a degree that would have been unthinkable just over a year ago. The result is that any American with an internet connection has a wide array of educational opportunities available to them.
The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University has taken advantage of this new dynamic to greatly expand its audience. Just this month, the Institute is offering six(!) different webinars on a variety of fascinating topics, including:
- April 5 @ 1 PM ET - A Future for American Conservatism
- April 7 @ 12 PM PT - Why Cities Go Bankrupt
- April 8 @ 2 PM ET - Everything Will Be Okay: A Conversation with Dana Perino, moderated by Charity Wallace
- April 9 @ 1:30 PM ET - America's Epidemic of Loneliness with Ryan Streeter and Francie Broghammer
- April 12 @ 3 PM ET - Impact of Great Recession Bank Failures
- April 22 @ 12 PM ET - Race in Education
The Bridge Alliance is proud to have the Davenport Institute as a member and ally in the pursuit of healthy self-governance. We are also grateful for our other higher education members, including the American Democracy Project, American Public Square at Jewell College, the McCourtney Institute at Penn State, the National Institute for Civil Discourse at University of Arizona, and the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
- AllSides - March 25th, 2021: Mass Shootings Revive Debates on Gun Control, Racism
- Ballotpedia (video) March 24th, 2021: Briefing—Exploring Election Systems
- BridgeUSA/Convergence (video) March 23rd, 2021: David Eisner and Manu Meel
- The Center for Election Science (job posting): We’re hiring a Director of Applied Data and Research!
- Civic Genius (report): Childcare During Covid: Parents Speak
- Civil Squared - March 18th, 2021: Lessons in listening
- Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (video): March 25th, 2021: Committee President Maya MacGuineas Testifies on Taxation of Corporations and the Wealthy
- Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget - March 30th, 2021: Cost of Biden Infrastructure Plan Should Be Paid For
- Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget - March 31st, 2021: Congress Should Heed White House Call to Pay for Infrastructure
- Convergence: COVID-19: The Role Of Women’s Needs In Economic Recovery
- The Flip Side - March 29th, 2021: Georgia Election Overhaul
- The Flip Side - March 31st, 2021: Chauvin Trial Begins
- The Flip Side - April 1st, 2021: Infrastructure Plan
- Listen First Project (video) March 26th, 2021: #ListenFirst Friday 3/26 Ted Talk Celeste Headlee
- National Civic League - March 29th, 2021: Update on the Model City Charter Revision Project
- National Civic League - March 29th, 2021: CivicPulse Report on Local Government Relief Spending
- Open Primaries/Civics Unplugged (new project/website): Students for Open Primaries
- Project on Government Oversight (video) March 25th, 2021: WATCH: POGO Calls on Congress to Improve Its Capacity for Oversight
- R Street Institute - March 31st, 2021: Return of the Carbon Tax: Why It’s So Popular with Industry Lately
- R Street Institute - March 29th, 2021: Authorities and Legal Considerations For Us Cyber and Information Operations in a Contested Environment
- ReConsider Media (podcast) March 31st, 2021: Gentrification, Immigration, and Hypocrisy
- RepresentUs (video/petition): Demand The U.S. Senate Pass The "For The People Act'