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Civvys Nominations Are Open! Also a civic challenge and another job opportunity

As you may know, we co-hosted the first ever American Civic Collaboration Awards last year, and it was a big success. We loved reading our inspiring nominees’ stories and the work our members are doing to help heal divides and improve communities in America. We are gearing up for the second year of the Civvys, and wanted to let you know that we are now accepting nominations! Nominations will be open through Wednesday, July 11th. Start thinking about who you might want to nominate, and -- when you're ready -- head to Civvys.org to submit their names and information. Please help us get the word out to your friends, colleagues, and networks who may be interested in submitting a nomination. Winners and finalists will be celebrated at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. in October.

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The Bridge Alliance Management Team Continues to Grow!

We are incredibly excited to welcome Brian Clancy and Caroline Klibanoff of Big Tent Nation to the Bridge Alliance Team. Brian led the team that launched Fidelity.com; was responsible for systems planning and analysis at the world’s largest investment management organization; and co-founded the Center for Financial Inclusion. The Center has become a global thought leader in microfinance. He is joined by Caroline, who is a digital media expert with a background in multimedia content, social media communities, and public programming. Caroline has worked for cultural institutions including the Pew Research Center, the FrameWorks Institute, Big Tent Nation, and the Cambridge Historical Society.

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An intro, an opportunity and an event...

Intro: Last week, the Bridge Alliance welcomed its first intern to the team. Hana Ryan -- a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She is double majoring in Economics and International Studies and is a member of the JHU mock trial team. She has hit the ground running and is excited to serve all of our member organizations.

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iCivics and Everyday Democracy Want to Hear From You (And we’ve expanded the Alliance again!)

Member organization, iCivics, is leading a coalition of civic educators committed to expanding and improving civic education in the USA. As part of that effort, they are asking concerned citizens to take this survey/exercise to help the coalition identify key leverage points and strategies for improving civic education in the U.S. The exercise will allow a broad range of people to suggest underlying causes of unsatisfactory civic education.

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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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