These Groups Are Achieving Success by Bringing People Together
Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on July 17, 2019 at 9:44 PM
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We are living in a time of intense division and isolation. A study released last year found that nearly half of American adults (43%) reported feeling lonely. As humans, we are naturally social creatures and we want to connect with other humans. And when we do connect, the results can be incredible.
A number of Bridge Alliance members have done great work connecting and uniting people with a common purpose. In this week’s Update, we focus on four such members whose efforts look very different, but who are each bridging divides within our country:
- Healthy Democracy is in the process of building yet another Citizens Jury -- this time in Milwaukee. Each Jury brings together a representative sample of residents from a specific community to evaluate a reform proposal and decide amongst themselves what is best for their community. These recommendations are then shared with the rest of the community.
- America Indivisible just announced its 2019 Public Leaders for Inclusion Council (PLC). The PLC is a leadership development program for public servants at the local, county, and state levels to learn about anti-Muslim discrimination, network with other leaders, and learn how to engage their communities in inclusion and anti-bigotry efforts.
- The Center for the Study of Liberty is hosting another Ideas at Work event next Tuesday and there are still a few spots available. These events are an opportunity for anybody who is interested to engage in intellectual conversation and -- in this instance -- hear from the President of the Center for Economic Accountability.
- Last but not least, Stand Up Republic is inviting people to join together with democracy activists from across the nation for a 2-day event in September. During these Hill Days, participants will receive advocacy training from experts in the reform movement, and will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals. You will then have the opportunity to talk to members of Congress about securing our elections and our democracy.
Each of these efforts look very different, but they all have the common thread of bringing people together to build communities and effect change. This theme of working together is central to the Bridge Alliance’s mission and -- we believe -- the success of the movement as a whole.
We encourage you and your friends to start engaging with these or other organizations within the Bridge Alliance -- not just because our country needs your help, but because there’s a good chance the sense of community you will feel will be personally uplifting.
As always, thank you for your support,
Bridge Alliance Education Fund
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Bridge Alliance Members in the News:
NICD; Democracy Works; CMF; Citizen University - The Fulcrum - What a new civics course for kids can teach adults about bettering democracy
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