Washington, DC —The Tax Revolution Institute (TRI) — a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes “justice and integrity in the tax system” — is a proud member of the Bridge Alliance, a “transpartisan” coalition that is “committed to building bridges and removing walls” within American politics.
On September 15, 2016, the Bridge Alliance will launch Updraft America, a media campaign that aims to “end political gridlock and move America forward.” The campaign begins with a panel discussion to be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the American University’s Katzen Museum in Washington, DC.
The panel will be moderated by Cokie Roberts of ABC News and will feature guests such as Francine Kiefer of the Christian Science Monitor, Nomika Konst of The Hill, and American University Executive in Residence Rebecca Cooper.
TRI Executive Director Dan Johnson will also be in attendance for Thursday’s event in Washington to lend solidarity and support for the Bridge Alliance’s efforts to improve our political system and promote discourse that “rises above the political divide.”
“The Tax Revolution Institute is a strong advocate for non-partisanship and fully supports the Updraft America campaign,” TRI Legal Director Robert Rodrigo said. “We look forward to attending the launch and participating in future events to promote this project.”
In a statement from President and Co-Director David Nevins and Secretary and Co-Director Debilyn Molineaux, the Bridge Alliance says their initiative will also seek to bolster a “third narrative” that is designed “to counter the persistent drumbeat of incivility, political point-scoring and shallow discussions.”
To that end, the panel discussion on Thursday will be held in conjunction with a unique political art exhibit created by Suzanne Firstenberg. According to Nevins and Molineaux, the exhibit will feature “10,718 paper airplanes, each one a page of the Congressional record, [that] are striped red or blue to connote bitter partisan politics and offer a powerful artistic imagery of the bridge we must find to bring America together.”
“As the uppermost planes rise, as if taking flight,” the co-directors said, “their hues combine to become purple — the color of reason.”
The Bridge Alliance is a nationwide network of organizations — 40 and growing — who are dedicated to respectful dialogue, creative problem solving, and supporting leaders who address and solve our nation’s challenges.
The Bridge Alliance provides member organizations with networking opportunities, strategic partnerships, and joint-marketing collaborations. Their network builds capacity and supports the transpartisan dynamic from coast to coast to build a shared identity, raise visibility, strengthen and expand the number of organizations and individuals dedicated to collaborative civic problem-solving and collaborative public-policy innovation.
The Tax Revolution Institute (TRI) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3)-pending organization dedicated to promoting transparency, accountability, and integrity at all levels of the US tax system, while researching and developing simple and innovative tax-reform solutions to advance freedom and prosperity for all Americans.
Through FOIA requests, briefings, testimonies, advocacy, research studies, white papers, and educational programs, TRI will expose corruption, fraud, and incompetence within the US tax system. It will provide educational tools and resources for tax accountability to policy makers, grassroots organizations, and the American public.