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Open Primaries takes the 'politics' out of politics

This week, John Opdycke, President of Bridge Alliance Member Open Primaries, and Steve Westly, founder of Ebay and formerly California's State Controller, co-wrote an op-ed titled "In California, open primaries took the 'politics' out of politics". This op-ed examines the direct link between California's recent passage of landmark, bipartisan climate change legislation and the open primaries that created the political environment for it.

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Disaster relief

Our hearts have been heavy these past few weeks with the destruction and suffering that has occurred in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Caribbean islands, and the western US. The hurricanes and fires have left thousands of people and animals in dire situations. This week, we are encouraging our base to make a contribution to assist those in need.

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Join us in honoring campuses!

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge works towards making democratic engagement a defining feature on college campuses. They currently have 570 campuses signed up! Now is the time to recognize these campuses for the great work they are doing in increasing student voting and making democratic participation core values on their campuses. The next day, October 20th, will be the closing reception for the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, DC where Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation will announce the winners of the American Civic Collaboration Awards!

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Public Engagement Strategy Workshop

Looking for assistance with organizing and sustaining productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use online engagement tools? Need expert advice on bringing together a diverse critical mass of people? Our member, Public Agenda, is bringing their Public Engagement Strategy Workshop to the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 19th. This workshop will provide you with the tools and resources you need to authentically engage stakeholders in thoughtful, democratic processes.

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Job openings & Internships!

We recently put out a request to our members to forward their current open job positions and internship spots. Know anyone that may be looking? Please forward this!

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Bridge Alliance and members denounce hate

Bridge Alliance sent out a press release to over 1000 reporters this week and created a petition in response to the weeks events surrounding Charlottesville. Bridge Alliance works hard to stay above everyday politics and bridge our deep partisan divides. What we have been witnessing is not everyday politics, it is bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism - the antithesis of our basic values as Americans and human beings. We know these issues are too serious to not take a head on stand against. Will you stand with us? Please read our statement and sign our petition and if you would like to leave a response saying how you believe our country can come together. These responses will be shared on our website and social media.

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6th Annual Sustainable Business & Policy Summit

Government often makes bad decisions about climate, infrastructure, health care, taxes, regulations and other priorities because a few unsustainable mega-influencers insist that’s “what business wants.” Responsible business leaders know better. We are proud to help announce our member The American Sustainable Business Council's 6th annual sustainable business & policy summit, on October 22-24 in Washington, D.C., you’ll get the tools to tell your representatives what your business really wants from government to create an economy that works for all.

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What we can still learn from Jefferson and Franklin

Join 92Y + The Village Square this September as they celebrate the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution with a return to civil dialogue in a polarized era. With the Ben Franklin Circles and Jefferson Dinners, they're reviving two simple (and fun!) models of bringing people together face-to-face to examine shared values, hash out differences and chart paths forward for working together. On each of the websites, you can learn how to join or host a circle or dinner.

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Bridge Action Update

Bridge Alliance recently received quarterly updates from our Bridge Action(formerly Collective Impact) Grantees. We are excited to share with you excerpts from three of ten updates as well as announce 2 new members - Common Good and The Center for Technology and Civic Life!

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Living Room Conversations & Listen First Project

Part of the mission of Bridge Alliance is to encourage collaboration between aligned organizations. Our update this week highlights one such collaboration. There are rarely more caricatured groups than Southern Conservatives and San Francisco Liberals. Using a video conference platform, two Bridge Alliance members broke through barriers within these groups to have a series of unprecedented conversations.

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