American Civic Life

Senators Join Bipartisan Effort to Heal Civic Divides. Here’s Why It Matters.

June 30, 2022

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The Building Civic Bridges Act invites us to truly engage with one another as fellow Americans. This is a time to build bridges, not barriers. By empowering local leaders to expand trust and deepen relationships within our communities, we can focus on that which unites us, rather than the issues that pull us apart. I commend the co-sponsors for the moral imagination behind this bill and welcome the opportunity to ensure that local bridgebuilding efforts flourish in our country.

Eboo Patel
Virginia Swain

Virginia Swain

Virginia Swain is the Principal of, providing life and career direction for professionals and leaders at any level of accomplishment. She is also the founder and director of the Institute for Global Leadership, which she founded in 2001 in Worcester, Massachusetts, after she was in the United Nations in New York on 9/11 during the World Trade Center attacks. America Talks was co-sponsored by Gannett and USA Today and 400 other organizations including the Institute for Global Leadership.