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Bridge Alliance Featured on TIME.com

We are delighted to share this article from TIME Magazine. Arlie Russell Hochschild does a great job of highlighting the work of the Bridge Alliance and our member organizations, as well as emphasizing the potential of our burgeoning movement to revitalize our democracy. She believes, and we agree, that organizations like Living Room Conversations can play a critical role in encouraging respectful discourse among citizens -- helping to alleviate the partisan rancor that has only worsened with each passing year no matter who is elected. We are particularly pleased that Ms. Hochschild took the time to participate in a Living Room Conversation as part of her research.

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Meet Doug Nickle -- Our new Director of Development!

I'm grateful and highly enthusiastic to join the Bridge Alliance as Director of Development. I'm eager to help advance the transformational reform efforts of the Bridge Alliance organizations as we aspire together to form a more perfect Union. I've enjoyed working with many of you in the course of my duties at Take Back Our Republic, and more recently, through Dare To Be United.

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Hitting the Ground Running in 2018

Colorado and New Orleans are where our members are making major strides to promote electoral and government reforms. These reforms will encourage lawmakers to be more responsive to their constituents.

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Start the year afresh

We at the Bridge Alliance believe that each one of us can make a difference.  We believe that collectively there is no limit to what We the People can do. So be creative. Use your talents. Have fun. Create your own personal call to action for 2018. Make a resolution to improve our democracy.

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Year in Review

This year the Bridge Alliance family added 20 new member organizations. We now have 83 members that are helping to weave the new American Tapestry for political reform. Some of these members were able to meet each other this past April at our 2017 Bridge Summit in Dallas, where they began to collaborate on exciting new projects to promote change and amplify our collective voice. We also provided our members with news media, social media, and fundraising training, as well as distributing nearly $600,000 in Bridge Action Grants. Our members used these grants to lay the foundation for a broad spectrum of reforms, ranging from creating a website to “mismatch” people with different ideologies, to helping state legislators reduce polarization in their states through civility workshops.

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Season's Greetings!

During these shortest of days in the northern hemisphere, our season includes a multitude of holidays and opportunities for transformation as the light returns and days begin to lengthen. We have much in common during this season. We have festivals and holidays that last for multiple days — a way to connect us with each other.  We exchange gifts and share celebration with our friends and family. We prepare special meals and use extra light to decorate our spaces.

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TED Talk from our members!

We are excited to promote Joan Blades (Living Room Conversations) and John Gable's (AllSides) TED Talk about freeing ourselves from our filter bubbles, which they presented last month at TEDWomen in New Orleans. Political opposites, Joan and John met at Bridge Alliance's initial planning meeting and became fast friends. Their talk discusses bridging gaps between people from opposite sides of the political spectrum and how conversations can create space for understanding and perhaps even friendships.

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Join us at Unrig The System Summit in NOLA!

We are thrilled to announce that Debilyn Molineaux, our Co-Founder & Director, will be a speaker at the Unrig The System Summit hosted by Bridge Alliance member Represent.Us in New Orleans on February 2-4. Unrig The System Summit is no ordinary conference. No endless panels and speeches. It’s fast-paced and fun, with plenty of time to self-organize as you mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists. This is about crossing partisan and ideological divides and working together on concrete solutions to unrig America’s political system…. with plenty of New Orleans fun mixed in.

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Membership growth

In the past few weeks, Bridge Alliance has welcomed 3 new member organizations to our steadily expanding membership base. We have seen members work on diverse issues throughout 2017, all while promoting civility and collaboration. 2018 brings new opportunities for our members to collaborate with each other and for our movement to reach greater heights. Our newest members are Students PIRGs, Issue One, and MapLight.

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A Global Day of Giving

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Created by our member organization 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces - collaborating across sectors, offering expertise, and working tirelessly - to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow, and strengthen the movement.

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