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Special Update: Coalition of Bridge Alliance Members is Working to Improve Congress

Only 15% of Americans approve of Congress' performance. Americans don't feel like their elected representatives are listening to them and that there is a distinct lack of accountability in Washington, D.C. A coalition of six organizations within the Bridge Alliance is trying to change that by opening up lines of communication between Congress and the general public, as well as increasing transparency in government. Those organizations are the Congressional Management Foundation, the OpenGov Foundation, the Center for Civic Design, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, and the Project on Government Oversight. 

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National Institute on Money in State Politics Announces Merger and Expansion

Bridge Alliance members believe that we are stronger when we work together to meet the challenges we face. The National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP) (formerly the National Institute on Money in State Politics (NIMSP)) and the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) are taking it one step further by officially combining forces. NIMP uses its multi-state, multi-year databases to reveal trends in political giving, examine how contributions may drive public policy debates, and see which special interests are giving to which politicians.

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FIVE New Members and a Save The Date

Over the last month and a half, the Bridge Alliance has welcomed five new organizations dedicated to revitalizing our democracy. Five! Our coalition is strong and growing fast. Without further ado, please welcome the newest members of the Bridge Alliance:

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Early Results From the Inaugural National Week of Conversation

Thank you to everybody who participated in the first ever National Week of Conversation, a project of Bridge Alliance Education Fund (#NWOC). Over 130 organizations participated, hosting over 120 public and countless private conversation events in 32 different states and Washington, D.C. plus online. Between Twitter and Instagram, the hashtag #NWOC was used over 1,000 times and -- as of April 27th -- nearly 1.3 million unique Twitter users had seen #NWOC posts. This was truly a nationwide celebration of listening and conversation. These are preliminary results -- more will be available next week.

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American Promise to Host National Citizens Leadership Conference this June in D.C.

We are delighted to announce that member organization American Promise will be hosting the National Citizens Leadership Conference from June 22nd through the 24th in Washington, D.C. You can register for the event here.

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Bridge Alliance featured on Smerconish.com

Michael Smerconish is one of the most influential independent political commentators in the nation. He is an accomplished author, hosts the daily Michael Smerconish Program on Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel (124), and hosts Smerconish every Saturday on CNN. He also has 166k followers on Twitter.

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Ten Days ‘Til Peter Yarrow and NWOC

We only have ten days until the kickoff of the National Week of Conversation (NWOC) -- a project of Bridge Alliance Education Fund. Our NWOC partners and member organizations are hosting conversations (literally) across the country, and we’re still adding more events.

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Let’s Just Call It “Conversation Month”

The National Week of Conversation (NWOC), a project of Bridge Alliance Education Fund,  doesn’t start until April 20th, but we don’t feel like waiting. We want to get the conversation started! And what better way to do that then by listening to one of the leaders of civil conversation, Ms. Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations?

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The National Week of Conversation is Just Around the Corner!

If you didn’t know already, the National Week of Conversation (NWOC), a project of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund,  is a first-of-its-kind national event. It begins on April 20th with Listen First in Charlottesville, where dozens of local and national leaders (ranging from former Tea Party leader Matt Kibbe to Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome) will come together to heal and discuss their differences using the #ListenFirst framework. NWOC then continues until April 28th.

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Bridge Alliance Co-Founder Offers Inspiring Words About Our Movement

The Bridge Alliance would not exist without Debilyn Molineaux. Her relentless commitment to collaboration is the lifeblood of our organization and keeps us focused on our shared goal -- to reintroduce civility to American politics and revitalize our democracy. It’s that passion that brought her to the stage at the Unrig the System Summit (presented by member organization Represent.Us). There, she discussed how politics is sold to us through manipulation in the same way that we are sold consumer products, and why we need to band together to break free from that manipulation. It is her passion that inspired Debilyn to write an article for IVN.us on the need for dialogue and a mutually created positive vision for our nation’s future.

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