A red-blue workshop in Evanston, IL welcomed CNN’s Van Jones — and participants from the left and right reflected on the personal impact that Better Angels programming had for them.
The Federalist // ‘I don’t know at what point we moved from disagreeing with the argument to hating the person, and that scared me. I decided I have to do something,’ says this Better Angels delegate.
RealClearPolitics // During a time of deep political polarization, not everyone could get a representative from Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party in the same room. But an organization known as Better Angels can do it – and will – at its second bipartisan national convention later this week.
USA Today // In the Trump age, political polarization in the United States has never been higher. Groups like Better Angels are promoting civility to lower angst.
Fox News // Over the course of their adolescence and early adult life, they’ve watched our political culture descend into tribalism, rancor, and partisan warfare.
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.
North Jersey Record // A widening political divide has a small group of republicans and democrats trying to restore civil discourse in the place where the union was saved.
ABC News // One of the principle rules is not to get anyone to abandon their core beliefs.
The Federalist // Better Angels sets up ‘red-blue workshops’ in which an equal number of conservative and progressive adults talk about their differences within a structured format.
USA Today // Sheila Kloefkorn is a liberal, gay marketing executive in crimson-red Arizona who had a falling out with her family over the 2016 election. Greg Steinbrecher is a conservative aspiring actor from navy-blue California who has been labeled a “Nazi” by his friends for his right-of-center views.
Financial Times // What happened when hardened Democrats and Republicans got together in the same room.
Oprah Magazine // It’s time for every last American to listen with less anger, argue with more grace and find the way to higher ground.
CBS This Morning // 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.
New York Times // 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.
Real Clear Politics // America has always been a partisan country, but not always as sharply as today.
NPR // Better Angels hopes to bridge this era’s political chasm.
Daily Caller // 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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune // A group called Better Angels is organizing the gatherings of Republicans and Democrats to talk, listen and find what they have in common.
Associated Press // A University of Minnesota professor is among those on a mission to mend the hostility between critics and supporters of President Donald Trump.
Washington Times // 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.
Washington Post // 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.
NBC // 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.
CNN // David Blankenhorn, activist and president of Better Angels, tells Fareed how his organization brings people together despite political differences.