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Over Three Point Five Million and Counting

Over 3.5 million. Three. Point. Five. Million. That’s how many people are following the Bridge Alliance’s 93 members on Facebook and Twitter. That means, as we begin 2019, over 3.5 million people are interested in revitalizing our nation -- and that number is growing every day.

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Happy Holidays! Enjoy Some Dog Pics

We hope you are enjoying your holiday season. We will see you in 2019! In the meantime, here are some pictures of puppies. Let's strive to be as warm to one another as we are to our furry friends.

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You’ve Started a Movement -- Take a Look

As 2018 draws to a close, we invite you to take a step back. It is easy to get caught up in the details of day-to-day life -- or the current news cycle -- and to lose sight of the bigger picture. The bigger picture, though, is exciting. So exciting, in fact, that the Bridge Alliance decided to put it in writing. More specifically, the Bridge Alliance and its member organizations have put together a (partial) overview of the democracy revitalization field.

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The Work and Rewards of Civility

It is incredibly easy to get angry when talking politics. In fact, we’re hardwired to be less understanding with members of the “other team.” So how do we overcome these strong, natural tendencies to get angry and/or dehumanize political “opponents”? With practice. That is why CEO Ken White of Junior State of America invited Brooke Deterline to teach members “how to cultivate compassion for others even when they don’t agree with them” as part of its Courageous Democracy program. Meanwhile, the Village Square and NICD are showing just how rewarding that work can be. The Village Square’s Respect + Rebellion series features friendships that have blossomed despite political differences. A recent Ted Talk put a spotlight on one of these friendships -- a pair of mothers named Caitlin and Lauran who are political opposites, but absolutely love each other. And candidates who took NICD’s “Positive Campaign Workshop” over the summer won 9 out of 11 elections this past November.

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Educators Gain a Powerful Tool for Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Featured Blog: Inspire U.S. - Inspired Stories: Bridging the Divide We are excited to announce that three members of the Bridge Alliance -- Living Room Conversations, AllSides, and the Mediators Foundation -- have joined forces to create AllSides for Schools. This joint project embodies the spirit of the Bridge Alliance, which encourages members to collaborate in order to reach heights that no single organization could achieve on its own.

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Support Healthy Self-governance on #GivingTuesday

Have you heard? November 27 is #GivingTuesday.   #GivingTuesday is a project of Bridge Alliance member 92Y. It kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. We invite you to support those working to protect and improve our democratic republic.

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Talking Politics With Your Family -- An Emergency Guide

Need Help Talking Politics with your Relatives?

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“What’s Next U.S.?” Join An Eye-Opening Conversation THIS Weekend

Election Season is over! That means an end to the myriad of campaign ads that reduce candidates for public office to good/evil caricatures, as well as a few that are...something else. Unfortunately, the stereotypes and misunderstandings promoted by these ads are more persistent. Everybody is stuffed into a box marked “Republican,” “Democrat,” or “Independent,” each of which is clearly defined and designed to foster loyalty and discourage friendly discussion with “the other side.” As you know, this kind of hyper-partisanship is toxic and polarizing. But there’s another (better) way!

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Anti-Corruption Forces Enjoy Banner Election Day

As the Republican and Democratic parties traded victories on election day, anti-corruption forces showed that the American people -- when given the chance -- overwhelmingly support accountability and fairness in the electoral system. Bridge Alliance member Represent.Us tracked 16 anti-corruption measures that were on various states’ ballots on Tuesday; 14(!) of these measures were voted into law, with 1 more ahead as of Wednesday. The successful measures touched on a variety of issues, including:

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A Report on the Members’ Summit….from our newest intern Shakira

Last week we told you about the Civvy awards -- where organizations were honored and celebrated for their collaborative work that elevates democratic practices and civic engagement in America. If you missed it, you can read that update here and read the winners’ stories here (<-- highly recommended!). The day before the Civvys, a number of Bridge Alliance members, journalists, academics, and foundation leaders gathered in the same space for the Bridge Alliance Members Summit (presented by the BAEF).

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