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Daily Resource Highlight - 10/12/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on October 16, 2020

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

10/13/2020 -  The Academy Awards for Collaboration - The Civvys!

Before we talk about the Civvys, make sure you register for the panel discussion on Stars and Strife -- a documentary that explores rising anger and hate in American political culture. Register now to see the movie for free (you'll receive a link in the confirmation email) and reserve your spot for the discussion on Monday October 19th @ 7 PM ET.

Stars and Strife and the Civvys are actually two sides of the same coin. Stars and Strife explores how we have created a culture of hatred and distrust, and the Civvys highlight what we can accomplish when we rise above that culture. Now in its 4th year, the Civvys “celebrate best practices in civic collaboration that put community and nation before party, ideology and narrow interests.”

If you know about a project or organization that is helping to make America work through collaboration, be sure to nominate them using this form! Nominations are being accepted through November 20th. Past winners have included ioby (a fundraising platform for community projects); iCivics (a website that teaches civics through games); and New Hampshire Listens (a regional organization that promotes civil discourse on hard topics in New Hampshire).

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Daily Resource Highlight - 10/5/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on October 08, 2020

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

10/05/2020 -  Nobody Can Agree On The Facts….But Wait, That’s Not True

As Julie Mastrine of AllSides discusses in a recent blog post, “partisan media outlets can take the very same facts and data to spin vastly different stories and conclusions.” To illustrate her point, she gives several hot button issues and notes the established facts that left and right leaning media emphasize to paint wildly different pictures of the situation. For instance, were this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests peaceful or violent? On one hand, the vast majority of protests were peaceful (93%). On the other, several hundred protests turned violent over a three month period (550). 

This is not to say that everybody’s fact-based opinion should be given equal weight; people can still be wrong even if they have correct facts. It does show, however, how our understanding of the world can be limited by our choice of news sources, even if those sources tell the truth! (which is why regularly visiting AllSides is such a good idea!)

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Daily Resource Highlight - 9/28/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on October 01, 2020

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

9/29/2020 - The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund

Today, we are proud to announce our involvement in the new Black Voices for Black Justice Fund, which launched this morning at 8:30 AM ET. In the words of Fund co-chair Kerry Washington, “The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund recognizes incredible leaders who have been on the frontlines working to dismantle the deep-rooted, racist systems that have plagued our country for centuries. Amplifying their voices and providing resources to these inspiring advocates is critical as we strive towards equity and racial justice in this country.”

10/01/2020 - Four More Years?

We aren’t interested in telling you who to vote for. We are very interested, though, in giving you the tools to express your preference. Voting is more complicated this year, as COVID-19 has thrown a number of wrenches into the usual election machinery. The vast majority of states have responded by making it easier for citizens to vote by mail (VBM), but many Americans have no experience with voting by mail.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 9/21/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on September 25, 2020

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

9/22/2020 - Reflecting on Justice Ginsburg’s Life and Celebrating her Friendship with Scalia

We want to take this moment to celebrate the life and legacy of this brilliant legal scholar, as well as her friendship with the equally brilliant Antonin Scalia. It is well known that Ginsburg and Scalia were close friends up until his unexpected death in 2016 (the National Review, USA Today, Fox News, the National Catholic Register, and many other publications have documented their incredible friendship).

9/24/2020 - Preparing for Election…..Week (Lots of Information Inside)

Unless there’s a landslide on November 3rd -- which there may be -- it’s almost a certainty that we will go to sleep on election night  without being sure who won the Presidency (let alone who has control of the Senate). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans plan to vote by mail. In several critical swing states that will mean a delay in the final results because (1) officials aren’t allowed to count mail-in ballots until election day and/or (2) ballots that arrive after Election Day can still be counted. Bridge Alliance member Ballotpedia has done an incredible job of compiling this information.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 9/14/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on September 17, 2020

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

9/15/2020 - Let’s Get Uncomfortable

Talking with people who strongly disagree with you is not easy. Trying to solve big problems with such people can seem nearly impossible. Yet that’s exactly what Convergence does on topics ranging from the economy to education to healthcare -- they bring together stakeholders with seemingly incompatible views and help them find common ground and develop solutions.

This is exactly the kind of work we need to do as a country to navigate our current, turbulent political waters. Which is why we’re excited to promote Convergence’s upcoming webinar “Employing mediation skills to tackle seemingly intractable issues.” This learning experience will take place on Thursday, September 24th at 8 AM PT (11 AM ET).

If you can’t wait a week to explore the discomfort of disagreement, be sure to sign up for Braver Angels’ upcoming debate “Debate: Free Speech and Cancel Culture with Andrew Sullivan,” which will take place this Thursday at 8 PM ET. Unlike traditional debates, a Braver Angels debate is about listening to others’ perspectives and opening yourself up to greater understanding. If you feel up for the challenge, be sure to sign up today!

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Daily Resource Highlight - 9/7/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on September 10, 2020

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

9/9/2020 - We Need YOU to Work the Polls

Older, experienced citizens are staples of election voting sites. In 2018, 58% of poll workers were age 61 or older. Unfortunately, these critical cogs of our democracy are also the most susceptible to COVID-19. Because of this, many are opting against working the polls this cycle. While that’s the right decision for the health of individuals, it means that we’re facing a critical poll worker shortage right before an election that may result in record breaking turnout.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 8/31/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on September 03, 2020

Below are the highlights and featured resources of last week’s Daily* Resources.

9/1/2020 - I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies

The subject line of this email is a snippet of the oath that every civil servant must take before working for the U.S. government. It was also a friend’s reply to a Facebook post by Bridge Alliance Co-Founder, Debilyn Molineaux asking people what principles they are willing to defend. Debilyn explains that this commitment to fight for our republic is shared across partisan and ideological divides and provides fertile opportunity for common ground.

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Daily Resource Highlights - 8/24/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on August 27, 2020

Below are the highlights and featured resources of last week’s Daily* Resources, as well as the Friday before.

8/27/2020 - “The Woman’s Hour” -- Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote

It has been 100 years and 1 day since the 19th Amendment -- the right to vote for women -- was certified for inclusion in the U.S. Constitution. That amendment states that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” This was the largest extension of voting rights in American history, as it extended voting rights to 27,000,000 women.

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They’re Back!

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on August 20, 2020

When COVID-19 upended the world in late March and sent America into lockdown, we asked ourselves how we could best serve our members and supporters during these tumultuous times. We decided that the best course of action was to focus on informing our supporters of the various coronavirus-related resources being produced by Bridge Alliance members.

To do this, we turned “The Weekly Update” into “The Daily Resource” so that Bridge Alliance supporters would have access to new resources and information on a timely basis. We also created the COVID-19 Resource Packet (now the Crisis Recovery Guide) so that supporters could find the resources they needed to learn about the novel coronavirus, take advantage of the CARES Act, adjust their family/work/school life, continue to strengthen democracy, etc.

Additionally, we ramped up our efforts to encourage diversity in the healthy self-governance movement. Those efforts included a labor and time-intensive report on diversity in the movement, which examined diversity among Bridge Alliance member leaders and identified areas for growth.

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You Are Not Alone -- We Want to Share Our Community With You

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on March 19, 2020

Featured Blog Post: Three Things Families Can Do Together

Sign up for The Fulcrum; nonpartisan coverage of the healthy self-governance movement!

We have entered a new time in the United States and around the world. COVID-19 has completely upended normal routines of everyday life. Government officials at the national, state, and local levels are scrambling to provide leadership and contain a disease that is highly contagious, has no known cures, and is deadly to the most vulnerable among us. All while maintaining calm for the public.

The Bridge Alliance is an “alliance,” but in many ways we’re also a family, and we will do our small part to help you through these times. We have a community of 100+ organizations, and our community is composed of compassionate leaders who want to help you in every way that they can. We have members who address the human response like Living Room Conversations, which has already put together a resource page to help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress that many of us are experiencing right now. 

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