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Gratitude

Just over three years ago, 40 social entrepreneurs, nonprofit execs, dialogue/mediator professionals and political reform leaders gathered in a room in Reston, VA to address the question “What could we do together, that we could not do alone?” -- the topic was political reform. The contributions from that day would become the Bridge Alliance, which has grown to help more than 80 organizations connect and collaborate with each other.

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Apply for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award!

Bridge Alliance member Cities of Service has launched the Engaged Cities Award, a new recognition program that finds and elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Cities of Service knows that many cities around the world are involving citizens in creative and effective ways, including civic tech, data analysis, impact volunteering, and more. These cities are combining the reach of City Hall with the on-the-ground knowledge of citizens to solve public problems.

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Upcoming Member Events

This year has been an expansive and exciting year for Bridge Alliance and our members. Our 81 members(and growing!) are a diverse group spanning across different areas - civic engagement, governance and policy making, campaigns and elections - but all committed to solving the great challenges facing our nation collaboratively and respectfully. We are happy to announce a few of their upcoming events and hope you will attend those that interest you.

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Vietnam 50 years: Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress is hosting a free and open event on November 16th - Vietnam 50 years: Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored. A bipartisan group of former members of Congress will be discussing the tumultuous Vietnam era and how many issues in the 1960s and 1970s still play a role in our national dialogue. This event is free and open to the public - reserve your seat!

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The Civvys are almost here!

More than ever before, America’s future depends on working together. We need to celebrate the people and initiatives that leverage collaboration and creativity to strengthen communities, heal partisan divides and invigorate American democracy. That’s why we created the American Civic Collaboration Awards - or Civvys. The 2017 American Civic Collaboration Awards finalists all exemplify what it means to embrace diverse perspectives and make a difference. Selected by a panel of civic engagement experts from over 50 nominations, this year’s finalists have achieved on-the-ground impact at the youth, regional and national level. We are pleased to honor them, along with all our nominees, at an awards ceremony and reception on Friday, October 20 at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. The winners will be announced following the awards ceremony.

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Public safety over party alliance

The Bridge Alliance community stands in solidarity with the victims and their families of the Las Vegas attack. The senseless violence has left our nation stunned and in grief. It is time for our communities to come together and have the big conversations and a time for our policy makers to get to work.

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Join us at the National Conference on Citizenship!

Join us for the annual National Conference on Citizenship October 19-20 at The Washington Court Hotel in DC. With the goal of strengthening civic life in America, this working convening will focus on civic life, civic health, and civic renewal through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The closing ceremony will be hosted by Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation where we will be announcing the winners of The American Civic Collaboration Awards. The nominees have been announced! We hope to see you there and we thank the NCOC for letting us be a part.

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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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