Daily Resource Highlight - 5/24/2021

Posted by on May 24, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.

05/18/2021 - The Bridge Alliance Welcomes a Baker’s Dozen to its Community

Last week I said that I would tell you about all the Bridge Alliance’s new members in an upcoming newsletter. I may have spoken too soon. THIRTEEN members have joined the Bridge Alliance since our previous “new members” update in January, and that’s simply too many to cover in one newsletter -- especially since we like describing each new member, even if it’s just in a sentence or two.

That’s why we will tell you about the Bridge Alliance’s new members over two newsletters. A half dozen in this one, and a half dozen more in another, upcoming newsletter*. This week’s half dozen each have strong ties to academia, either because they are academic institutions, they work primarily with educators, or they are run by students:

  • The McCourtney Institute at Penn State University - Through research, education, and outreach, the McCourtney Institute seeks to understand, preserve, and defend democracy.
  • Sphere at the CATO Institute - The Sphere Education Initiative is a project of the Cato Institute and empowers grade 5-12 educators and administrators to restore a spirit of civil, fact-based, constructive, and respectful discourse and engagement as the vehicles for discussion and debate.
  • Student Governmental Affairs Program - SGAP brings U.S. government and civics to life through civics resources that help K-12 teachers engage students in current issues and legislation in Congress. 
  • Values in Action - Values-in-Action Foundation empowers students and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect.
  • University of Virginia Center for Politics - The mission of the University of Virginia Center for Politics is to educate and inspire our citizenry about practical politics and civic engagement through programs that are unique, compelling, and open-minded.
  • Young Americans Coalition for Unity - YACU seeks to give everyone -- no matter their party, ideology, or background -- a chance to share their political beliefs, get involved, and find common ground.

Be sure to check out each of these organizations, as well as the various other Bridge Alliance organizations that are working on the issues you care about.

*I’m leaving off RATO because we just covered them last week!


05/20/2021 - Welcoming the Baker’s Dozen (Part Two): Will You Join Us?

As promised, this newsletter is dedicated to telling you about the other six organizations that have joined the Bridge Alliance since January. As you explore these organizations, know that -- like the movement itself -- the Bridge Alliance community is constantly evolving. We are always looking for organizations that (1) are actively working to promote healthy self-governance and (2) are interested in expanding their impact through collaboration.

If you work for or with such an organization, please consider applying for Bridge Alliance membership. If your team is making a difference, we want our supporters to know about it, and we will work hard to support your mission. And if you are an individual who wants to make an impact with the Bridge Alliance, consider joining our Friends of Bridge program.

With that said, we are very excited to announce that these organizations have joined the Bridge Alliance community:

  • ActiVote - This is a nonpartisan app to help every American stay engaged, informed & inspired for their democracy.
  • Mainstream Nation - Develops unbiased programming and technology to empower, excite and unite Americans with entertainment and social engagement to meet the political challenges of our time.
  • Network for Responsible Public Policy - NFRPP is committed to mitigating polarization, fostering civil discussion, and dialogue and motivating engagement on behalf of democracy.
  • Show Me Integrity - This is a cross-partisan movement of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents at the frontlines of reforming Missouri politics for a more ethical, effective government of, by, and for the people.
  • The Ministerium - This is a new diverse group of Indiana clergy who are concerned about fairness. We work together to bring about social justice for those marginalized and in need of help and hope.
  • We Do Better - Supports nonprofits, promotes better solutions for communities, and empowers people to choose the most effective ways to meet human needs in their communities.

I also happen to know that at least one more organization will almost certainly be joining the community in the near future. 

These are exciting times in the healthy self-governance movement, and we are thrilled that you are joining us on this ride.