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Ten Days ‘Til Peter Yarrow and NWOC

We only have ten days until the kickoff of the National Week of Conversation (NWOC) -- a project of Bridge Alliance Education Fund. Our NWOC partners and member organizations are hosting conversations (literally) across the country, and we’re still adding more events.

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Let’s Just Call It “Conversation Month”

The National Week of Conversation (NWOC), a project of Bridge Alliance Education Fund,  doesn’t start until April 20th, but we don’t feel like waiting. We want to get the conversation started! And what better way to do that then by listening to one of the leaders of civil conversation, Ms. Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations?

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The National Week of Conversation is Just Around the Corner!

If you didn’t know already, the National Week of Conversation (NWOC), a project of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund,  is a first-of-its-kind national event. It begins on April 20th with Listen First in Charlottesville, where dozens of local and national leaders (ranging from former Tea Party leader Matt Kibbe to Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome) will come together to heal and discuss their differences using the #ListenFirst framework. NWOC then continues until April 28th.

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Bridge Alliance Co-Founder Offers Inspiring Words About Our Movement

The Bridge Alliance would not exist without Debilyn Molineaux. Her relentless commitment to collaboration is the lifeblood of our organization and keeps us focused on our shared goal -- to reintroduce civility to American politics and revitalize our democracy. It’s that passion that brought her to the stage at the Unrig the System Summit (presented by member organization Represent.Us). There, she discussed how politics is sold to us through manipulation in the same way that we are sold consumer products, and why we need to band together to break free from that manipulation. It is her passion that inspired Debilyn to write an article for IVN.us on the need for dialogue and a mutually created positive vision for our nation’s future.

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Bridge Alliance Launches the #HealthyGov Media Campaign

One of our central missions at the Bridge Alliance is to raise the collective visibility of our member organizations. A clear majority of Americans are unhappy with the status quo and believe that our nation is headed in the wrong direction, yet many are not aware of the concrete actions and successes of the 83 members of the Bridge Alliance. At Bridge Alliance, we want to fix that and bridge (no pun intended) the information gap.

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A PBS Special, a Name Change, and a special request from a valued member!

We are excited to inform you of the release of American Creed -- an hour and a half long PBS Special about "the stories of a range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides." Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy are the stars of this film

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Democracy Awards' Finalists Announced!

On Friday, February 23rd, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) announced the finalists for the first ever Democracy Awards (the award ceremony will take place on July 12, 2018). In an era of partisan gridlock, the Bridge Alliance is proud to be the Founding Partner of the Democracy Awards, which recognize the incredible non-legislative achievements and performances of congressional offices and Members of Congress. The awards are divided into five categories:

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Bridge Alliance Helps Close Campaign Finance Loophole in NM

The "credit card loophole" is a gap in our campaign finance laws that allows individuals -- including foreign sources -- to make anonymous donations to political campaigns using untraceable prepaid credit cards. This past Tuesday, the New Mexico State legislature unanimously passed a bill (SB 50) that closes the credit card loophole at the state level. Remarkably, that vote took place just five days after it was messaged by Governor Susana Martinez, passing through both the Senate and House. SB 50 now goes back to Governor Martinez for her signature to turn it into law.

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Our Memories and Takeaways from the Summit

Bridge Alliance member Represent.US hosted the Unrig the System Summit in New Orleans from February 2-4. Many Bridge Alliance members were at the summit -- and we wanted to share a little of our experience. If you were there, please share your story (and pictures!) with us, too.

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Welcoming NCoC to the Alliance

The Bridge Alliance is thrilled to welcome the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) as the newest member of the Alliance. The NCoC was founded in 1946 with the goal of harnessing the patriotic energy and civic involvement that surrounded World War II. In 1953, Congress recognized the importance of the NCoC’s mission and incorporated it under a federal charter, making it one of less than 100 federally chartered non-profits in existence today.

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