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Report: Building Bridges on Infrastructure

November 18, 2021

Introduction The Bridging Movement Alignment Council (BMAC) is a group of more than 40 nonprofit leaders dedicated to bridging divides in a polarized nation. We…

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Having Productive Conversations. Tip #1 – Mindset

November 18, 2021

Need some tips for moving through life in a polarized world? We’ve got you covered. Check out the first installment in our 10-part series on…

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Freedom to Vote Act: What do Americans Think?

November 17, 2021

  Falling asleep to more depressing news about voting rules, redistricting, and campaign finance reform? The folks over at RepresentUs have managed to make those…

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Why States Matter

November 10, 2021

While Americans are transfixed by politics in Washington, David Toscano wants to shift our gaze closer to home. In Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our…

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Five Minutes of Common Ground: Reconciliation

November 4, 2021

Lawmakers are close to passing a historic infrastructure bill, but a group of progressive Democrats wants to pass it only if Congress also votes on…

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What Education Means for Polarization

November 4, 2021

Can retooling the American education system strengthen our civic life and make our politics less polarized? Education veteran Peter Smith says yes – and he…

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Laboratories of Democracy

October 21, 2021

Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said that states are the laboratories of democracy. Since our nation was founded, individual states have tested out…

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Reconciliation Nation

October 21, 2021

Congress is considering a multi-trillion dollar bill, referred to in the news as the reconciliation bill. It would help Americans out with childcare costs, provide…

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“Getting It Done” Replay

October 7, 2021

You don’t have to be a big organization or a Washington DC lobbyist to change things for the better. We’ll talk to three people who…

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