We are only three months into the new year and so much is already happening in the Diversity and Opportunity realm of the Healthy Self Governance movement!

Justine Lee, Mastermind Alum and new Executive Director for Living Room Conversations, is hosting a live event next Saturday, March 6, 2021 titled “The Future Through the Eyes of Youth Leaders.” Lee invites you to watch six young advocates explore their aspirations for the world they're inheriting in this special Living Room Conversation. They'll share their experiences in civic engagement, bridge building, and what drives them to make an impact in their communities. More information on the event can be found here.

Alumni member Ivan Douglass Hicks of the Ministerium was recently welcomed into the Bridge Alliance as a member! The Ministerium is a new, diverse group of Indiana clergy, who are concerned about fairness, working together to bring about social justice for those who are marginalized and in need of help and hope. Find out more about this organization here.

Another alum, Alison Goldsworthy, recently gave birth to a son,Tomos! While she was waiting for his arrival, has been writing for her work The Depolarization Project. You can read her latest on digital communications in a polarised world here. Working with academics at Cambridge and Stanford, this study helps us make sense without adding to polarization, with thinking partners from around the world. This fall, she has a book coming out, too.

Current Mastermind Cohort member Zoë Jenkins published a blog about her very personal connection to the Greensboro lunch counter sit-in protesters. The catch? Zoë is currently in high school. Read more about her story here.

Brian Rubin is hosting Civic Saturday this week on 2/27. Civic Saturday is to democracy what church services are to faith. A place of renewal, communion and fellowship. You can register here. Civic Saturday is a program of Bridge Alliance member Citizen University. In his spare time, Brian is working with Urban Rural Action to bring Marylanders from different parts of the state to talk about the economy -- bridging differences through common interests.  

And last but not least, cohort alum Jeanelle Austin, The George Floyd Global Memorial and the community at George Floyd Square will host an interfaith Day of Prayer for Justice for George Floyd and Black Liberation on March 8th, 2021.The community will gather in-person at George Floyd Square beginning at 8am CST for a socially-distanced day of prayers and petitions from faith leaders and community members throughout the day, and will culminate in a candlelight vigil at 6pm CST. Portions of the day’s events will be live streamed for supporters around the world to offer prayers for Justice for George Floyd and for Black Liberation. More information on the event can be found here.

We are incredibly proud of these accomplishments and cannot wait to see what is in store for them this year. As we expand our services and reach, Bridge Alliance remains diligent about maintaining a strong support system, space for necessary and productive conversations, and the financial flexibility to take advantage of collaboration opportunities. Find out how you can play a huge role in making that happen!

Bridge Alliance thanks you for your continued support and we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. For more information on our current diversity and opportunity efforts and how you can provide further support, please visit the Bridge Alliance Website.