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Daily Resource Highlight 1/25/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 25, 2021

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

1/19/2021 -  Looking for something to do on Saturday? How about a chat?

This Saturday, hundreds of civic-minded people will meet for one-on-one and small group discussions about issues that matter to all Americans. These conversations will be facilitated by AllSides as part of their AllSides Talks program. If you would like to join, simply answer which Presidential candidate you preferred in 2020 (at the bottom of the page). AllSides will then ask you a few more questions. Once you have answered them, AllSides will attempt to match you with your political opposite for Saturday. 

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Daily Resource Highlight - 1/11/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 19, 2021

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

1/12/2020 -  What the Field has to say about the Capitol Hill insurrection

On Thursday, January 7th, the Bridge Alliance released a rare statement to condemn the anti-democratic attack on Congress by right-wing extremists. Today, we want to bring your attention to Bridge Alliance members’ statements on the events that transpired on Wednesday, January 6th.

In the days since the attack, we have gotten a better understanding of the insurrection, including how they were able to gain access to the Capitol and their violent intentions.

There was also the matter of lawmakers’ objections to certification of the Electoral College vote. While there have been objections to previous presidential election results, the sheer number of elected officials voting against certification was unprecedented.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 1/4/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 11, 2021

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

1/8/2020 -  Thank You, Ted, for Being a Friend. Will You Join Him in 2021?

Who’s Ted? Ted Wetzel is the newest member of the Friends of Bridge Program. As a Friend of Bridge, Ted will now receive special invitations and updates that were previously only sent to Bridge Alliance members and partners. Friends of Bridge are also invited to join special briefings, get access to professional development courses, and receive exclusive FOB merchandise.

Perhaps most importantly, though, we’re looking to our Friends for guidance. We want committed supporters to pitch us ideas and give their feedback on our latest programming. Last week, we asked you to tell us how you plan to promote healthy self-governance in 2021, and the response we got made it clear that you want to take an active role in the new year. The Friends of Bridge program is a great way to do just that.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 12/28/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 04, 2021

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

12/29/2020 -  Looking Ahead: Ranked Choice Voting or Approval Voting?

If you regularly read this newsletter, you know that we do not endorse individual candidates or reforms. We may tell you about a new reform idea and briefly touch on its merits, but we want you to decide for yourself what healthy self-governance looks like. This approach is driven in part by the diversity of the Bridge Alliance community, whose members sometimes advocate for conflicting reforms.

Take for instance the Center for Election Science and FairVote. CES advocates for Approval Voting (AV) and FairVote advocates for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). The two approaches have several benefits in common (such as allowing voters to choose their favorite candidate(s) without worrying about the spoiler effect), but they differ in how they achieve those benefits. Therefore, reformers have an either/or choice between AV and RCV.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 12/21/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on December 28, 2020

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

12/22/2020 -  Looking Forward

2020 has been a trying year. We will tell you about Bridge Alliance members’ accomplishments in an upcoming newsletter, but as a general rule, we are going to take a cue from our friends at Civil Squared and look forward to 2021!

2021 is going to start out tough. There’s no magic wand that will be waved when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. However, we have a better understanding of the problems that we have to confront as a nation, and the Bridge Alliance Education Fund will do everything in our power to educate you about the issues and present you with possible solutions.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 12/14/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on December 21, 2020

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

12/15/2020 -  TechCongress Continues to Help Congress Enter the 21st Century

This past spring, Congress faced an unprecedented challenge. For the first time ever, they had to figure out how to conduct business remotely to protect themselves from COVID-19. TechCongress has been helping Congress gradually move into the 21st century for years now, but the pandemic meant that Congress needed to go digital, and had to do so now. TechCongress met the challenge with its 2020 Congressional Digital Service Fellows (bottom of the page) -- a one-time program designed to keep Congress open. 

While those fellows will finish their service in February 2021, their impact will certainly be felt by TechCongress’ regularly scheduled 2021 Congressional Innovation Fellows. These remarkable men and women, who will be placed among the top tech decision makers in our government, will face circumstances and challenges far different than their predecessors. We are confident that they will meet those challenges and congratulate them on being chosen for this prestigious program.

On a separate note, we would like to give a shout out to Shannon Mannon of Living Room Conversations for her opinion piece in USA Today. I don’t want to give too much away, but Shannon realized she wasn’t practicing what she preached, and sought to correct that. Her journey will sound familiar to many of you

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Daily Resource Highlight - 12/7/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on December 10, 2020

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

12/7/2020 -  Our Values, As Explained By Our Friends

In October 2019, back before COVID-19 took over the world, we hosted over 100 Bridge Alliance members and partners at the 2019 Bridge Alliance Members’ Summit in Washington, D.C. We asked attendees to imagine what our nation would look like in twenty years, and how we would get there.

The discussion was infused with our values as an organization, including collaboration and diversity (ideological, racial/ethnic, age, etc.), and the impact was noticeable. Attendees sat for interviews throughout the two-day Summit, and when we reviewed the recordings, we found that people kept coming back to these important themes.

Inspired by their words, our staff put together these seven YouTube videos (all between 2 minutes and 4 minutes long). Each video features attendees discussing the importance of these values and several others that guide the Bridge Alliance coalition’s work:

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Daily Resource Highlight - 11/30/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on December 07, 2020

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

12/2/2020 -  The Hispanic Leadership Fund Joins the Alliance! And More FOBs

We are thrilled to announce that the Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) has joined the Bridge Alliance family. HLF is dedicated to addressing a wide array of issues that affect American Hispanics across the country, including economics, immigration, and healthcare. We are confident that HLF will be a valuable collaborative partner within the Alliance, as well as a valuable resource for our supporters.

Second, we would like to give a big shout out to Rick Raddatz, Morris Effron, Patricia Brown, and Amanda Kathryn Roman for joining our new Friends of Bridge (FOB) program. The FOB program provides a straightforward path for individuals to get involved with / contribute to the healthy self-governance movement (as well as get exclusive FOB merchandise). If that sounds exciting to you, check out the program today!

 

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Daily Resource Highlight - 11/16/2020-11/23/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on November 26, 2020

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

11/17/2020 -  Center for the Study of Liberty -> Civil Squared

With the election in the rearview mirror, though, it gives us great pride to elevate Civil Squared -- a Bridge Alliance member that has consistently and successfully built bridges among Americans of all ideologies. Formerly the Center for the Study of Liberty, Civil Squared underwent a brand transformation in October to better reflect the work it was already doing. 

As CS explains it, their old name “conveyed a very formal tone, and at times that formality was out of step with the feeling of intellectual adventure we wanted to inspire.” Civil Squared, on the other hand, reflects their belief “that civil discourse is one of the most effective solutions to our country’s challenges” and their goal to multiple civil discourse exponentially. We are excited by CS’ rebranding and encourage you to check out all they have to offer.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 11/2/2020 - 11/9/2020

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on November 13, 2020

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

11/3/2020 -  Be Patient. Be Generous of Spirit. We Can Get Through This.

Check out our Featured Resources for some sources with election day updates. Given the strong chance we won’t know the winner tonight, please prioritize your mental health and be patient while officials count all of the votes.

If you decide that frequent updates are bad for your mental well-being, but you are craving community and want to connect with other concerned Americans, Braver Angels can help you with its “Moments of Peace” event. Once you register, you’ll receive two Zoom links -- one for religious gatherings and one for secular gatherings. Join your preferred meeting at any time from 7 PM until 2 AM ET, as Braver Angels will be hosting 15-minute segments to offer comfort and grounding throughout the night (and no election updates).

Finally, remember that many Bridge Alliance members have been working long, hard hours to empower Americans this election cycle (especially young Americans) and ensure a free and fair election. Let’s applaud their efforts and -- no matter who wins -- honor the American tradition of accepting the results and moving forward. Our democratic republic depends on it.

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