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Better Angels Ascribe To Notion That Civility And Politics Can Coexist

Steve Newborn, WUSF News The idea of civility in politics has become almost a quaint idea in some circles. A nonpartisan group called Better Angels is advancing the notion that we can talk about our differences – respectfully. They’ll be getting an equal number of Republicans and Democrats together tonight. The idea originally stems from Abraham Lincoln’s …

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The Bipartisan Group That’s Not Afraid of Partisanship

David A. Graham in Atlantic Magazine

One Saturday morning this past fall, a handful of progressive voters were seated in a neat circle, pondering why more people don’t agree with their preferred policy solutions for the country.

But there were a few things different about this particular klatch that were unusual—chief among them the concentric circle of conservatives sitting just behind the Democrats, listening intently.

Better Angels in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Citizen, April 28, 2018 Like so many (especially) left-leaning Americans, Madelena Rizzo spent the weeks after the 2016 Presidential election disheartened by what was happening in her country. But unlike many of her political compatriots, Rizzo’s real dismay was less the outcome of the election—though she is no fan of Donald Trump—than what …

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Better Angels tour brings civil discourse to Americans bitterly divided over politics

LEESBURG, Va. — Liberal Susana Isaacson, 70, and conservative Susan Symingron, 63, are friends who have bridged their political divide but couldn’t find anyone else to join their bipartisan exchanges. “After the election, I was very saddened by the fact that we have become this country of people who don’t speak to each other,” said …

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Meet The Group Trying To Fix America’s Partisan Divide One Workshop At A Time

Sixteen people from both sides of the ideological aisle gathered Saturday for an unlikely experiment: learning how to speak civilly and trying to understand each other. Better Angels, a nonprofit organization, hosted its 25th workshop, this time in a McLean, Va., church, aimed at bridging the divide between red and blue America in an increasingly …

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Respect First, Then Gun Control by David Brooks

This has been an emotional week. We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage. The anger inevitably gets directed at the N.R.A., those who support gun rights, and the politicians who refuse to do anything while children die. Continue reading here

Politicians can’t seem to do it but these citizens are learning how to find common ground

Like so many Americans, most of Donna Murphy’s social circle shared her politics. So when she, a self-described liberal, was tasked with putting together a weekend-long event with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, she needed to broaden her bubble. To aid in her search, Murphy visited one of the most personally uncomfortable, but …

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ABC Nightline on Better Angels

Greg Smith and Kouhyar Mostashfi are perhaps two of the strangest political bedfellows imaginable. Smith, a retired police chief and construction worker from rural southwest Ohio, is a devout evangelical Christian and ardent Trump supporter. Mostashfi, on the other hand, is an Iranian immigrant who works as a computer engineer in suburban Dayton and is …

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CBS This Morning Visits Better Angels

A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing. But a group called Better Angels is trying to bridge the gap. People with differing opinions from the same community talk face-to-face to ease tensions. Reporting by Don Dahler

Better Angels Aim to Bridge the Political Divide

A national tour with the aim of reunifying a fractured America rolled into New England on Monday. The “One America” tour arrived in downtown St. Albans, Vermont. After months of seemingly constant political conflict, the effort is trying to bridge the vast divide between right and left, to reduce polarization that can become mean-spirited. The …

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Finding Our Better Angels

Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA), – 6/20/18 A year ago, I was a stovepiped blue looking for reds, any reds, to attend a Better Angels Red/Blue workshop designed to bring conservatives and liberals together to listen to and learn about each other. Now, I was giving two reds a lift to the Better Angels Founding Convention …

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