The Christian Science Monitor // Henry Gass — The week before Thanksgiving, two dozen locals gathered at a church for a workshop organized by Better Angels Central Texas, a local chapter of a national organization working to depolarize America and promote civil discourse.
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The National Review // George Leef — Some organizations are trying to remind us that we’re better off with civil discourse rather than rancorous name-calling. In today’s Martin Center article, Shannon Watkins writes about that, focusing especially on a group called Better Angels.
Yes! Magazine // Chris Winters — Three weeks after the 2016 presidential election, a group of 21 people came together in South Lebanon, Ohio, outside Cincinnati, to talk. The group comprised 11 people who’d supported Hillary Clinton for president and 10 who’d supported Donald Trump.
The Atlantic // Andrew Ferguson — Borrowing techniques from couples therapy to bring liberals and conservatives back together.
The New York Times // Nellie Bowles — Classes, apps and message boards are trying to bridge the divide between the left and the right, one conversation at a time.
CNN // 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 Fulcrum // What’s going on here? Do Republicans and Democrats have vastly divergent conceptions of what constitutes proper and improper presidential conduct? Do they have different recollections of the behavior of past presidents?
AlterNet // On a roadside billboard in North Carolina promoting the Cherokee Guns store, beneath the words “The 4 Horsemen Cometh are Idiots” appear American citizens and congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, collectively known as “the squad,” whom Trump told to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
The American Conservative // The Prayer Breakfast is symbolic of various national and local efforts to promote bipartisan respect, civility, and understanding. You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but there is a growing movement of civility-centered groups, organizations, websites, and social circles sprouting up on every corner.
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.
Chillecothe Gazette // The Better Angels Workshop has participants examining stereotypes: the ones they have about the other side of the political spectrum and also the ones that the other side might have about them.
Los Angeles Times // Amid conflict, Lincoln sought conciliation. Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.” Amid despair, he summoned “the better angels of our nature.”
The Federalist // ‘We’ve reached that point where we view people on the other side of the political divide not only as misguided, but as threats.’
Fox News // America is built on the pursuit of a more perfect Union, but today we are yet again on the brink of a civic fissure so deep it threatens our democracy.
MSNBC // Chris Jansing of Voice of the People reports on a Better Angels Workshop in North Carolina.
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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.
RealClearPolitics // It’s a rainy, muggy day in Leesburg, Va. Although the town is 30 or so miles from the interminable partisan wrangling in Washington, D.C., it’s infected with some of the same bitter polarization—as is so much of the country.
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.