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Hello!
 

Happy Easter and belated Passover!  As March draws to its close, BridgeUSA is excited to enter an incredibly busy and productive April.  Our national summit in Dallas, Texas from April 20th-22nd is less than three weeks away, our Berkeley Chapter’s climate conference Heated Debates, to be hosted on April 16th, is closer still, and everyone in BridgeUSA is thrilled to be participating in the National Week of Conversation from April 20th-28th at the national and local-chapter levels! Between all of these events we have a variety of exciting public-facing commitments, including a spot on a panel to be held by the Goldwater Institute concerning the state of free speech, as well as participating in the Listen First conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, from April 20th-22nd concurrent to our Dallas summit.  All this, and more, while some of our constituent students enter the beginning of their spring quarters, while the rest brace for finals-season.  We’re thrilled that you all are ready and committed to joining us in reforming American political practice and bridging the divide, one college campus at a time.  We hope that you can attend or tune-in to one of our many of events this month! Your participation is vital in helping us challenge toxicity in the practice of American politics!

 

Best,

John Rider

CCO BrigeUSA

Bridge In the News

Our chapter leader at BridgeKenyon, George Goldman, participated in a webinar this past week with members of the National Week of Conversation and the Listen First Project.  He is featured at 33:40! You can check it out, and the entire webinar, at this link!
 

BridgeUSA Chapter Highlight: Upcoming Climate Conference in Berkeley April 16th

BridgeUSA at Berkeley will be hosting a climate conference, “Heated Debates,” this next month on the afternoon of April 16th, featuring a diverse array of speakers on the issue of climate degradation and climate change mitigation.  Speakers will include Tea Party cofounder Debbie Dooley and ACC Founder Benji Backer, among others including illustrious Berkeley faculty and notable individuals seeking to reform the conversation around climate change; the stated goal of the conference is to “de-monopolize” the current partisan image surrounding climate change policy so that a more diverse array of ideological backgrounds can be represented and discussed.  Consider dropping in if you’re based in the Bay Area, or plan on being in the Bay Area around the 16th of April!
 

Articles for Consideration

 

What The Success of ‘Black Panther’ Says About The American People

A large amount of recent media buzz on the block buster film Black Panther has focussed on the films all black cast and it’s resonation with the black community. This take on the film comes from the conservative side of the political spectrum and focuses its analysis on how the film’s strength comes from some of its underlying political messaging, not from the film’s overtones concerning racial identity.
 

Breitbart’s readership plunges

In 2016, Breitbart news made a name for itself as the unapologetic voice of the Trump base. But new data, courtesy of Politico magazine, shows a decline in Breitbart readership, a trend which suggests a disillusionment and declining enthusiasm for the divisive ideology powering Breitbart’s media machine.

 

The Lessons of a School Shooting-in 1853

In the second Politico article of this week's newsletter, we have a very interesting historical piece on how arguments over gun rights and gun control have changed throughout the course of American history. In particular, this piece addresses the case of a school shooting from 1853 in Louisville, Kentucky, concerning the changing views over gun ownership at the time, and the public outcry that followed the tragedy.

   

I know what Stormy Daniels is going through. I went through it, too.

This heartfelt piece comes from Sydney Leather, one of the women at the heart of the Anthony Weiner scandal. The author details how media-framing of Steffanie Clifford degraded her political testimony, predicated around her status as a porn actress.  Leathers, details how media coverage framed Clifford as a scandalous caricature, rather than a real person with an important story to tell.

 

Forthcoming issues will feature student voices and chapter profiles.  We look forward to changing the American political climate with you all, one week at a time!
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