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This Group Got Black Lives Matter And Tea Party Leaders To Talk. Can The Rest Of Us?

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.

Can One Group Depolarize America? Better Angels Comes To St. Louis To Try

St. Louis Public Radio // After the 2016 presidential election, David Blankenhorn, president of the national organization Better Angels, wanted to bring voters together to try to find common ground despite their political differences.

Better Angels: Bridging the Uncivil Discussion Divide

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.

Don’t get divorced because of Trump. The tough work of settling America’s political differences

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.

Open focus: ‘Reds,’ ‘blues’ work on issues that divide them

Greenfield Recorder // Alternating “red,” “blue,” “red,” blue” in their seating, 16 participants at a recent Better Angels workshop spent seven hours working toward bridging their political differences.

Bringing together both sides of the political spectrum

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.

Minnesota professor pushes for national unity, to speak next week in Cottage Grove

Hastings Star Gazette // Much of Doherty’s advice centers on active listening. The first step to a productive conversation where participants walk away learning, he said, is for everyone involved to commit to not trying to convert others to their beliefs.

Better-Angels.org bridging the political divide

CBS19 NEWS // Judith Minter, the co-moderator of Better-Angels.org, discusses Better Angels.

COLUMN: Better Angels is one way to bridge political divide

The Post-Star // If you are disgusted with politics and the current state of political parties, you should do something about it.

‘Better Angels’—pushing back on political polarization

Twin Cities Pioneer Press // Bill Doherty gets emotional when he recites a favorite quote from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address.

Better Angels Debates

Catalyst // Truth springs from argument amongst friends. —David Hume, 18th C. Scottish empiricist and philosopher

Mission to Bring Back Civility to Politics

ABC 6 News // The political divide is prominent and it can be argued that it’s the deepest it has ever been. Labels such as conservatives, moderates, independents, tea partiers, and socialists are seen as more than party affiliations, it becomes part of your identity as a person or citizen of the United States.

Better Angels session helps bridge political divide

Clinton Herald // Just as warmer weather brought hints of spring to the Clinton region this past weekend, so was there a dramatic thawing of the often icy relationships between Republicans and Democrats thanks to a series of workshops with the Better Angels organization.

Tired of partisanship? Better Angels wants to bring ‘reds’ and ‘blues’ together

Florida Today // Tired of hyper partisanship? Are you concerned when you hear political leaders or friends and neighbors refer to those who hold opposing political views as “the enemy” or “evil?”

Together, we can tackle anything

Victoria Advocate // We urge everyone to practice civility now more than ever. We also challenge you to befriend others who don’t necessarily believe in what you do. You don’t know what relationships you’re missing out on if you immediately label others around you.

Smith College Republicans, group open up political correctness for debate

Daily Hampshire Gazette // A bipartisan group wants to bring people from both sides of the aisle together to better understand each other and reduce political polarization.

Discussion groups look past political divides in search of common ground in Edina

Andrew Wig // It sounds like the makings of a reality show, sans the secret alliances, immunity challenges and – crucially – the petty spats: Five liberals and five conservatives are picked to form a circle in an Edina living room. Their mission? Find something in common.

Millennials are fed up with politics (and rightly so). Here’s a way out of hopelessness…

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.

Better Angels: Bringing Red and Blue Together

Bloom Magazine // On a Saturday morning in December, Republicans and Democrats came together in a Monroe County Public Library meeting room, hoping to learn to better communicate with one another.

Robert Forman and Maureen Bateman: You can help close the red/blue divide

The Berkshire Eagle // Is it possible to find civility in a time of strife? Robert Forman and Maureen Bateman are looking for a few good Reds and Blues in the Berkshires.

Looking for a few good Reds and Blues

The Berkshire Edge // To the Editor: We are two residents of the Southern Berkshires, a Democratic Clinton voter and a Republican Trump voter.

BETTER ANGELS: A Minnesota based initiative to bridge the great red-blue divide in America.

Almanac at the Capital, PBS // Twin Cities PBS segment of Almanac at the Capital featuring the Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop at the Inver Grove Heights Library in January 2019.

Letter: Politically diverse parent group addresses polarization in Edina

Sun Current // We are a group of Edina parents who came together because we are concerned about polarization in our community about how our schools deal with political and social issues.

Today’s leaders should ask themselves: What would Lincoln do?

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.”

Perspectives: Fixing America’s growing polarization, my Better Angels experience

St. George News // I came away from this gathering with my principles intact and with a greater love for all of the individuals who made the time to be there. If you’re tired of trading insults online and looking for a way to make a difference, this may be well worth your while.

How To Improve The State Of Our Viciously Polarized Union

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.’

State of the Union 2019: We’re so divided we see others who don’t agree with us as bad — Here’s our solution

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.

Collective Therapies in Donald Trump’s Country

Radio Canada // Two years after the arrival of President Donald Trump at the White House, the United States is deeply divided.

MSNBC Reports on Better Angels

MSNBC // Chris Jansing of Voice of the People reports on a Better Angels Workshop in North Carolina.

Better Angels Ascribe To Notion That Civility And Politics Can Coexist

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.

Group works to bring civility to politics

The Walton Sun // Recently, more than a dozen local political activists from both sides of the spectrum — and some in between — gathered in Dune Allen to practice agreeing to disagree.

The Bipartisan Group That’s Not Afraid of Partisanship

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.

Better Angels program taking flight

Albany Times Union // A group of 14 Capital Region people who came together for a day late last month to learn strategies for bridging the political divide were so inspired by the experience that they plan to spread the lessons further.

Area’s ‘Better Angels’ work to improve political discourse

Essex New Daily // The day after the 2016 presidential election, South Orange resident Andy Roth woke up feeling disappointed in the way discussions about the ballot had gone in the country.

Holiday blessing: Fewer arguments [+video]

Boston Herald // Nothing spoils Thanksgiving dinner like family members throwing political daggers across the table at one another — a sour sport that pits Trump-cheering kin against Warren-rooting in-laws and ruins the holiday for everyone.

Clemson ‘Better Angels’ group seeks to defuse bitter political divide

Greenville News // During the exact moment when worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were being gunned down, an evenly split group of ideologically polar opposites was sitting down in Clemson to begin trying to defuse the rancor that has come to define political discourse in 21st century America.

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

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.

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

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.

Respect First, Then Gun Control by David Brooks

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.

ABC Nightline on Better Angels

ABC Nightline // Greg Smith and Kouhyar Mostashfi are perhaps two of the strangest political bedfellows imaginable.

CBS This Morning Visits Better Angels

CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.

Students for Free Expression aims to convince students that free speech is nonpartisan

The Eagle // New student group holds open debates on policy issues

Bill Doherty joins Roshini Rajkumar to discuss how we can regain our civility when it comes to politics and our daily discourse with each other

WCCO Middays // Professor Bill Doherty from the U of M joins Roshini Rajkumar in studio for two segments to discuss how we can regain our civility when it comes to politics and our daily discourse with each other.

MIDTERMS 2018 – Vechten tegen polarisatie

Arjen van der Horst // Amerika gaat de eindfase van de verkiezingscampagne in na een ongekend turbulente week. Democratische kopstukken waren het doelwit van bompakketjes.

Video: Better Angels round table

The Local Live # 233 // In our Round Table, Maura Carlin speaks with Ken Freeman and Sara Silver, volunteer organizers for Better Angels, an organization that brings people together not to change their views, but to listen and to respect opposing points of view.

“Dialogue can not be established” division of American society

NHK News Web // Under President Trump who attacks to obey people with different opinions, the division of society is deeper than ever in the United States. 

How Can We Bridge the Partisan Divide?

PrincetonInfo // What do you say, what do you do, a week from today if you wake up in the morning and discover that Trump still controls the Senate and the House of Representatives?

This Group Gets Democrats and Republicans to Do Something Radical: Talk to Each Other

San Francisco Magazine // Better Angels is doing the saintly work of getting liberals and conservatives in the same room—and teaching them to play nice.

Productive conversations

My Faith Radio // Dr. David Stevens discusses physician-assisted death, the cost of healthcare, and crowdfunding. Then, John Wood, Jr. and Rob Robertson talk about Better Angels and their work to create productive and humane conversations.

Bridging the political divide

Greenfield Recorder // Although officially described as a workshop, a gathering of “blues” and “reds” on Saturday was also something of a retreat.

Red-blue workshop aims at bridging the political divide

TimesUnion // During their pre-Halloween weekend, about a dozen area residents will do something that sounds genuinely scary: spend seven hours talking face to face with others who hold opposing political views.

Conestoga Students Host Non-partisan Political Program

Tredyffrin Patch // The Conestoga Young Democrats and Young Republicans sponsored an event aimed at reducing political polarization among the left and right.

Local Alliance is Determined to Depolarize Politics

Inside East Sacramento // Local alliance is determined to depolarize politics.

Bi-Partisan Workshop Held to Overcome Division in Charlotte

WBTV // Democrats and Republicans came together to talk through tough issues for an afternoon in Charlotte.

Better Angels movement hopes to unify a ‘divided nation,’ hosts Charlotte event

WCNC // “I may not agree, but they have valid opinions just like I do.”

We’re in the danger zone of distrust

StarTribune // But there’s a way out. It entails building relationships — for real, not for the sake of saying so.

Dissolving our differences

My Faith Radio // It seems that even a name holds enough division to set our pulses racing. A new movement is trying to bring people back together.

Bursting Bubbles: Local Group Works to Bridge the Red-Blue Divide

Loudoun Now // Mel Pine and William “Butch” Porter have become friends and meet regularly for coffee and conversation, thanks in part to the Better Angels organization, which seeks to reduce polarization by bringing folks together from across the aisle.

Being Respectful & Talking Across the Political Divide

Falls Church News Press // Better Angels is committed to bringing people with different political views together to better understand each other, to look for areas of commonality and to build alliances to strengthen our communities.

Editorial: Better Angels seeks to promote bipartisan alliances

Carroll County Times // There is little question that, politically, our country may be more divided than it has ever been. Part of the problem seems to be a lack of rational conversation with one other about our political beliefs, and the reasons for them.

No eye rolling, no yelling. How Trump supporters and critics try to find common ground

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.

Politics too divisive? Meeting looks for Carroll’s ‘Better Angels’

Carroll County Times // Midterms looming and politics leaving you frustrated? Do you find your crazy liberal uncle impenetrable, or your conservative niece baffling? Have you found yourself hissing in incomprehensible rage at your neighbor’s campaign signs? Or maybe, you think people being that at-odds is itself just maddening?

Better Angels help communities ease political tensions

CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.

‘Better Angels’ hold workshop

Daily Democrat // Can seven progressives and six conservatives get together for a day of talking about their political beliefs without anger and explosiveness?

Slowly Bridging Our Partisan Divide

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.

Red and blues depolarize at Better Angels workshop

Gettysburg Times // Two dozen area residents spent Saturday at the Gettysburg library engaged in efforts to help “depolarize” American society.

Red and blues depolarize at Better Angels workshop

Gettysburg Times // Two dozen area residents spent Saturday at the Gettysburg library engaged in efforts to help “depolarize” American society.

In Pursuit of Our Political ‘Better Angels’

Yorktown NY New // Sadly, since the 2016 election, and increasingly as well in the years leading up to 2016, politicians and some media have pushed the political arguments to the margins where it is impossible to find middle ground and any hope for agreement between the political divide.

Better Angels group puts Democrats and Republicans, Trump supporters and immigrants, in the same room to listen to each other

ABC News // One of the principle rules is not to get anyone to abandon their core beliefs.

Past partisanship: Arkansas Better Angels take flight

The Democrat-Gazette // It has become increasingly apparent that our country is now so sharply divided between political parties and philosophies that we risk a level of polarization that threatens our democracy.

“Better Angels” Offers An Alternative At a Time of “Deep Political Division”

Town Topics // I’m sure that most people would agree that our recent civil and political discourse in America has degraded to the point where some folks are actually advocating for violence. The too-often unasked question is: What to do about it?

Not Just Talking About Bridging the Divide

The Vineyard Gazette // The day after the Fourth of July, Hawk Newsome, leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Greater New York, addressed a crowd gathered at Union Chapel for a symposium entitled Keeping Democracy Alive: Understanding What Divides Us and What Binds Us.

Finding our better angels in divided times

Mennonite World Review // Who hasn’t known relationships torn apart over divisive politics? Churches, families and businesses all know the tension that can accompany political discussions, especially in recent years.

“Better Angels” movement attempts to bridge political gaps

Franklin Home Page // The last presidential election only made clear what many have feared: that we’re becoming two Americas, each angry with the other, and neither trusting the other’s basic humanity and good intentions.

Finding Our Better Angels

Daily News-Record // 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.

Red And Blue Americans Listen To Each Other With Better Angels, And It’s Wonderful (Podcast)

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.

One group tries to lower the volume on the high-decibel noise that’s further dividing a polarized nation

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.

“We are here to depolarize America”: we had group therapy between Democrats and Republicans

Franceinfo // In the run-up to the mid-term elections, franceinfo attended a workshop aimed at reconciling progressives and conservatives. 

Can marriage counsellors bridge America’s political divide?

Financial Times // What happened when hardened Democrats and Republicans got together in the same room.

Better Angels in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Citizen // 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.

Crossing Divides: When a far-left Democrat met a big Trump fan

BBC News // Deb is “very far to the left”. Tom’s a die-hard Republican. What happened when they met?

“How to talk politics without starting fights and ruining relationships”

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.

Video: “Better Angels helps communities ease political tensions”

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.

The Americans long for more decency

Handelsblatt // The US President scolds, the customs are brutalized. On the other hand, a movement is forming: Americans demanding more decency.

David Brooks: “Better Angels is aiming to build a group of people whose personal bonds with their fellow citizens redefine how they engage in the political system.”

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.

Donald Trump divides and inspires

CBC/Radio-Canada // A year after the 45th President of the United States came to power, the Americans are mobilized: some to defend his ideas and others to oppose it. Portraits of 8 Americans whose life has been turned upside down.

“Better Angels: Slowly Bridging Our Divide”

Real Clear Politics // America has always been a partisan country, but not always as sharply as today.

“Group Uses Marriage Counseling Methods to Help Bridge Political Divide”

NPR // Better Angels hopes to bridge this era’s political chasm.

How the U.S. Can Become More Civil

The Tennessean // Thanksgiving does not have to be a time to dread feeling heartburn over what controversial things some guests might say.

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

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.

‘Better Angels’ aims to bring civil discourse to divided America

Al Jazeera // Confrontations between supporters of US President Donald Trump and demonstrators that oppose his policies have often become violent during the US president’s first year in power.

“Reds’ and ‘blues’ sit down together to try to heal the political divide”

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.

United States has never been so unified

Nieuwsuur // It is an election campaign with an intensity that you normally only see in presidential elections. US President Donald Trump travels all over the country for his now famous campaign meetings. He himself is not on the ballot, but the interim elections in the United States are more than ever about the president.

“Minnesota professor hopes to overcome political divide”

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

The 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.

Video: “Better Angels Aim to Bridge National Political Divide”

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.

Better Angels Aim to Bridge the Political Divide

NECN // 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.

The “better angels” by David Blankenhorn

Neue Burcher Zeitung // The sociologist David Blankenhorn, a staunch opponent of Trump, founded the organization “Better Angels” after Trump’s election victory. The aim of the workshops offered there is a more understanding relationship between politically different thinkers.

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