January 2021

2021 is here and Bridge Alliance can confidently say that we and our associates ended the last year on a good note (considering the national circumstances) and have walked into the new year with optimism and a new set of initiatives. This year, we will be putting our efforts into:

  1. Diversifying and deepening our relationships
  2. Scaling the Healthy Self-Governance Movement
  3. Heightening the visibility of the Healthy Self-Governance Movement
  4. Facilitating convenings and community building within the democracy field 
  5. Creating a public facing portal that can be used by the public as well

Bridge Alliance’s successes are not just those of the staff. Our MasterMind Cohort Alumni also made great strides in 2020 . Cohort Alum Maria Yuan recently informed us of Issue Voter’s recognition in the latest CNN Heroes edition. They have been recognized alongside “famous orgs like Make-A-Wish and organizations founded by famous people like Matt Damon. Glenn Close, & Chef Jose Andres, so it's a big honor” Says Juan. Read the official CNN Press Release here.

Benjamin Singer of Show Me Integrity has collaborated with RepresentUs on a campaign known as Proposition D (for Democracy), an effort to improve election practices and experiences for St. Louis voters. City residents will be able to vote to change the way that they elect key public officials, including Mayor, Comptroller, Alderman/Alderwoman, and President of the Board of Aldermen. Read more about their plans here

Jeanelle Austin, a member of the first cohort, was featured on the Minneapolis Public Radio website in an article about her work at the Minneapolis George Floyd memorial. Paired with a recorded interview, the article discusses the origins of Austin’s interest in this work and why she feels these memorials and protest efforts should be preserved. Check out the full story on the MPR website. 

And last, but certainly not least, Kenneth Allen, chairman of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males and member of cohort #2, has accepted a new role as the Indianapolis Public School Commissioner At-Large. In this role, he will represent the entire district (30K + students and families) and sit on the legislative body of the school district. Allen says his focus will be on Increasing vocational training, addressing racial inequity, hiring and recruiting quality teachers, and providing COVID-19 crisis support. You can read more about his election and other Indiana Public School changes here

We are incredibly proud of these  accomplishments and cannot wait to see what is in store for them this year. Bridge Alliance hopes that your year ended with peace and optimism as this new year presents the opportunity for us as a society to balance ourselves into what is now the new American culture. This year we plan to expand our initiatives to create an impact strong enough to reach the entire field. We will remain 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.