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Join us on Tuesday, September 27th from 1:00-2:00pm for a fun and informative discussion with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA).
Register for the webinar at https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dvoh5ld8TNypA4E-wNWsoQ
Congressman Khanna joins CPF Director Bob Shrum to discuss his new book “Dignity in the Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us,” which is a roadmap to facing America’s digital divide and offering greater economic prosperity to all.
Ro Khanna is a leading progressive voice in the US House of Representatives. He works to democratize the digital economy, bring advanced manufacturing jobs to factory towns, and advance U.S. leadership on climate, human rights, and diplomacy around the world. Khanna proudly represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The event will be in person at the USC Doheny Memorial Library room 240, and it will also be Zoomed, live streamed on Facebook, video recorded for YouTube, and audio recorded for The Bully Pulpit podcast. There will be a Q&A session, as well.
Ahead of the discussion, there will be a private book signing from 12-1pm. USC Bookstore will have several copies of Ro Khanna’s book for purchase. Space at this small gathering is very limited. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot before they run out.
This event is in partnership with Trojan Democrats and the USC Political Union.
Register for the webinar at https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dvoh5ld8TNypA4E-wNWsoQ
In divided times like ours and through history, brave and unlikely friendships have endured, inspired and redeemed.
About this event:
Join us for the first dinner in our 2022-23 Dinner at the Square season:
Respect, Rebel, Repeat: Subversive Friendships for Divided Times
YOU’RE NOT AS CRAZY AS I THOUGHT?
“I’ll still hold to the conviction that American citizens have the ability to explain themselves to one another, and to let friendship redeem the Republic.”
—Patricia Nelson Limerick, Dining with Jeff in The New York Times
Back in the day, many political foes were friends in real life—hanging out for a beer after a tough legislative floor flight, attending their kids’ weddings over the weekends. It’s a sure sign of the times when any across-the-aisle friends that still exist tend to keep their friendship on the down low, in case they’d be accused of fraternizing with “the enemy.” From the halls of Congress to our hometown, this makes becoming or staying bipartisan friends an act of straight up rebellion against the toxic and divided culture we find ourselves in.
We’ll be joined by one such pair of fantastically dissimilar friends, Dr. Jacob Hess (who has been the most influential force for The Village Square who you’ve never met) and Village Square Founder Liz Joyner (you might have met her). Jacob and Liz have been rebelling together for about a decade now, and they’re not only convinced liberals and conservatives are better together but they are obstinately bound and determined to buck the stultifying groupthink and start a trend.
Also joining us are two extraordinary people—Alex Workman and Talethia Edwards—who each have made relationships across differences an integral part of the lives they lead—and the communities that have formed around them show why that matters to the future of our hometown (and we think the future of democracy itself). The conversation will be facilitated by The Village Square’s brand new Executive Director and podcast host extraordinaire Vanessa Rowse (she takes this job seriously and went and married her political opposite).
Visit our event page to learn more about Jacob, Alex and Talethia.
**Bring a friend who looks or thinks different than you and you both get a squishy flying pig stress toy to squeeze when other people annoy you.
*** Note that you can pay by check (ticket price only, no system processing fee) by emailing email@example.com to reserve your ticket(s), and then simply MAIL YOUR CHECK to: The Village Square, PO Box 10352, Tallahassee FL 32302.
Dinner Menu provided by Lively Cafe:
Chicken Divine — chicken tenders coated in sour cream, Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
Vegetarian option: Tofu Divine
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Buttered broccoli and mixed green salad
Rolls with butter
Iced tea, lemonade, coffee
For dessert: Blonde brownies and lemon bars
The National Institute for Civil Discourse and Leadership Ohio invite you to join this session on Social Media, Misinformation, and Democracy.
In many of our communities, the differences and divisions in our society have been inescapable these last years. As we grapple with issues related to democracy, disinformation and civil discourse we find ourselves asking: Are we coming apart, or is this a new beginning of coming together? How should we think about social media and its outsized role in our democratic life?
The webinar features Dr. Timothy Shaffer, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Chair of Civil Discourse at the Biden School of Public Policy, University of Delaware, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and Cleveland City Council Member Stephanie Howse. James W. Murray, VP of Leadership Ohio, will MC the event. The featured panelists will answer questions from the audience in the final portion of the webinar.
Join Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and former Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) for a conversation on bipartisan paths to reduce gun violence.
With mass shootings on the rise, a majority of Americans say gun policies are very important to their midterm vote. Yet despite Congress coming together to pass the first major gun safety legislation in 30 years, voters remain closely divided along party lines over whether it is more important to support gun control or gun rights. Can our country find a path toward the common good?
Join us as we explore this issue with Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and former Republican Congressman Will Hurd, in a special conversation moderated by former CBS News Correspondent and author Jacqueline Adams.
Senator Murphy, who helped author the recent bipartisan gun bill, was a young U.S. representative from Connecticut when he stood with families from his district as they learned that their children – all first graders – had been shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Ten years later, after Uvalde, he stood on the Senate floor and demanded of his colleagues, “what are we doing?” Former Congressman Will Hurd recently represented the district that includes Uvalde, the site of the May 2022 school shooting that left 19 schoolchildren and 2 teachers dead. In a New York Times op-ed, this legislator who had an A rating from the National Rifle Association called for “more than just thoughts and prayers” to keep firearms out of irresponsible hands.
This free event at the The George Washington University is first come, first serve. If seating is not available, you can watch via livestream on Facebook and YouTube. Finding Common Ground on Guns is co-sponsored by BridgeGW, a student-organized nonprofit that advocates for constructive political discussion; and the GW Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.
Chris Murphy, U.S. SENATOR (D-CT)(2013-2022)
Chris Murphy, the junior United States Senator for Connecticut, has dedicated his career to public service as an advocate for Connecticut families. He has been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for job creation, affordable health care, education, sensible gun laws, and a forward-looking foreign policy. Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Senator Murphy became one of the leading proponents of commonsense reforms to reduce gun violence. He has championed a number of bipartisan bills aimed at expanding background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. He also led a bipartisan effort to reform our mental health system, working across the aisle to craft the first comprehensive mental health bill in the Senate in decades.
Will Hurd, FORMER U.S. REPRESENTATIVE (R-TX)(2015-2021)
Will Hurd is currently a managing director at Allen & Company. He is a former U.S. Representative (R-TX) (2015 – 2021), cybersecurity executive, and undercover officer in the CIA. For almost two decades he’s been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country whether it was in the back-alleys of dangerous places, boardrooms of top international businesses or halls of Congress. While in Congress, Texas Monthly and Politico Magazine called Will “The Future of the GOP,” because he put good policy over good politics at a time when America was often consumed with what divides us rather than what unites us, getting more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in three decades. He is the author of “American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done.”
Jacqueline Adams, FORMER CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT & AUTHOR
Jacqueline Adams launched a second career as a communications strategist after more than two decades as an Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent. Ms. Adams covered the groundbreaking campaigns of Jesse Jackson for President and Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President before spending five years as a White House correspondent during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. Through her firm, J Adams: Strategic Communications, LLC, she now counsels both corporate and nonprofit clients. Ms. Adams is the author of “A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive.”
Event Presented By: Common Ground Committee
Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) citizen-led organization dedicated to bringing healing to the national challenges of polarization and incivility. Since its founding in 2009, CGC has held 17 public forums featuring panelists who have reached over 250 points of consensus. Panelists have included such notable pairings as John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice, David Petraeus and Susan Rice, Michael Steele and Donna Brazile, Chris Wallace and Maggie Haberman, and Larry Kudlow and Barney Frank, exploring issues ranging from race and income inequality to foreign policy. CGC produces the “Let’s Find Common Ground” podcast series, which has had over 175 thousand downloads and over 60 thousand subscribers. CGC also created the Common Ground Scorecard, a voting tool that scores politicians and candidates for public office on their likelihood to find common ground with the opposite party. Free of political agenda and financial influence, CGC has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.
Event Co-Sponsored By: Bridge GW
Bridge GW is a chapter of BridgeUSA, a youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates spaces on high school and college campuses for open discussion between students about political issues. Its work emphasizes the importance of empathy and understanding, ideological diversity and solution-oriented politics. By engaging America’s youth in constructive discussions, Bridge USA is equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills necessary for navigating conflict, finding solutions across differences and building bridges in their communities.
Event Co-Sponsored By: Honey W. Nashman Center For Civic Engagement and Public Service
The mission of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is to integrate civic engagement into George Washington University’s educational work. It promotes equity and active citizenship in a diverse democracy, focuses GW’s resources to address community needs through reciprocal partnerships beyond the campus, and enhances teaching, learning, and scholarship at GW.
It’s here – the National Citizen Leadership Conference – September 28-29 is back and better than ever. This is arguably going to be our best conference yet – and none to soon, given the sheer amount of money being spent in local and state elections since 2020. The venue is set, excitement is high, and we’ll have some compelling details to reveal each week for the rest of this month.
Keep reading for more details — or go straight to the event website: nclc.info
We are halfway through our 10-year timeline to pass and ratify the For Our Freedom Amendment, and together we’re making amazing progress. At this year’s conference — all day September 28 — we will gather with you and other Americans for big cultural moments. With leading keynotes like Andrew Yang, Aliya Bhatia, and Rep. Dean Philips. As well as interactive breakout discussions and plenty of opportunities to network.
On September 29, we’ll head to Capitol Hill for Citizen Lobby Day — your chance to meet with your members of Congress and discuss your support of the For Our Freedom Amendment. Whether you’re new to citizen lobbying or a veteran, this is an experience not to be missed. We’ll take care of the hard part — setting up meetings, providing plenty of training — all to position you for a rewarding, successful Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.
Focus of the workshop
This free online workshop is for political liberals who are surrounded by conservatives in key areas of life like work, family, social circle, religion, or community. The idea for the workshop came from conversations with individuals who said they are looking for safe and effective ways to communicate their liberal values and beliefs in environments where conservative ideas are assumed to be correct—and where liberal people may be seen as ignorant, misguided, or even immoral. Although there will be examples of the challenges you may face with conservatives in your world, this will be a “no whining” zone. We will focus on the question, “What can I do?” rather than “Aren’t they awful?”
- Learn new strategies for handling the challenge of being a political minority in a mostly conservative environment.
- Develop new skills for communicating liberal values and beliefs in a way that others might hear.
- Feel more confident as a liberal in environments where everyone else is trying to make you red.
Who can come? Please respect the requirement that this workshop is for blue leaning participants only. Thank you.
Questions? Contact Joshua Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org