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Daily Resource Highlight - 4/12/2021

Posted by Michelle Dickson on April 05, 2021

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

4/06/2021 - Join Us In Two Weeks. Let’s Honor Some Amazing Collaborators

Back in January we told you about the American Civic Collaboration Awards -- a.k.a. “The Civvys.” Each year, the Civvys are awarded to three collaborative efforts “that put community and nation before party, ideology and narrow interests.” It’s a way of (1) saying thank you to people and organizations that make our country a better place, and (2) telling their stories to a wider audience.

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Daily Resource Highlight 3/29/2021

Posted by Michelle Dickson on March 29, 2021

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

 

3/23/2021 -  Counting Philadelphia: A Census Story

Early last year, when COVID-19 was still an unknown threat, the U.S. Census Bureau was at my library encouraging locals to apply for a job with the 2020 Census. I decided to apply and was eventually hired as the supervisor for my community in Southern New Jersey. It was my duty to make sure that everybody in my town was counted.

During a normal Census year, this is challenging. In 2020, as you can imagine, it was an entirely different beast. We had less time to get the job done, and we were knocking on strangers’ doors during a deadly pandemic. 

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Daily Resource Highlight - 3/15/2021

Posted by Michelle Dickson on March 15, 2021

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

 

3/09/2021 -  Celebrating Women with BA Members and Partners

March is Women’s History Month and -- here at the Bridge Alliance Education Fund -- we’re all about it. The healthy self-governance movement is full of strong women who are actively stewarding our democratic republic toward a better, brighter future. Indeed, half of all executives in the Bridge Alliance are women! Meanwhile, Bridge Alliance member Ballotpedia recently put together a fascinating snapshot of women’s growing influence in our government.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 3/08/2021

Posted by Michelle Dickson on March 08, 2021

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

 

3/02/2021 -  Facebook Can’t Differentiate Between Us And Instigators!?

We have a problem. As some of you may know, Facebook paused political advertisements in November to reduce the flow of disinformation around the elections. Not a bad idea, but it appears their definition of “political” is a bit….aggressive.

Some members of the Bridge Alliance, including Liz Joyner and The Village Square, are finding that they can’t boost any of their work, including programs about forming friendships! If Facebook were serious about reducing polarization, this is exactly the type of content it should be allowing.

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Daily Resource Highlight 3/01/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on March 01, 2021

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

2/23/2021 -  Getting Back to the Classroom: Easy Answer, Hard Questions

As COVID vaccines become more accessible, we are going to have to decide how and when to return to “normal.” We will also have to decide what parts of the old “normal” to bring into the new. 

One area where there’s widespread agreement is education. Everybody believes that a return to in-person learning is critical, but we’re having difficulties figuring out how to get from here to there. Philip K. Howard of Common Good argues that it’s safe to open schools as long as certain protocols are followed, and blames public sector unions for standing in the way. The unions, for their part, insist they want to get back to class, but that educator safety must be assured.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 2/22/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on February 22, 2021

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

2/17/2021 -  Black History Month with iCivics 

Long before I joined the Bridge Alliance staff, I was a big fan of iCivics. They are masters at turning civics lessons into fun games. And I don’t mean “fun for kids,” but just plain fun for anybody who likes to learn (I started playing after graduating from college). 

iCivics doesn’t just do games, though. They also have an impressive and enormously valuable database of lesson plans. There’s a reason that over 120,000 teachers use iCivics’ resources for their classes.

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Daily Resource Highlight 2/16/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on February 16, 2021

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

2/09/2021 -  Rebuilding Communities After COVID (A Guide)

At some point -- hopefully sooner rather than later -- American businesses and communities will be able to open up again without fearing a COVID outbreak. When that day comes, it will inevitably be bittersweet, with thousands of businesses remaining shuttered post-pandemic. For economically depressed communities, the impact of the lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and rising death tolls will be even more stark.

We will have to rebuild, and it will be a long process. Fortunately, at least some of that work is already happening, and best practices are already being formed and implemented. For instance, Cities of Service has been working with five American cities to promote community-led Opportunity Zone development. Each city received a $25,000 grant, as well as technical assistance and full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members, to plan and build more equitable local economies with input from community members, business leaders, and funders.

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Daily Resource Highlight - 2/08/2021

Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on February 08, 2021

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

 

2/01/2021 -  Why It Is So D*mn Hard to Work Across the Aisle???

There are a lot of Americans who, like you, are very interested in bridging divides and understanding different perspectives. It’s why this Google Doc from 2018 about “Engaging Conservatives in the Bridge Building Movement” continues to see engagement today. It’s why BridgeUSA includes “party” in its definition of diversity. And it’s why “Bridging Ideological Divides” is by far the biggest category of organizations in the Bridge Alliance.

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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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