Better Angels State of the Union
January 31, 2019
Join us for the first-ever “Better Angels State of the Union” Address, to be broadcast live to our members and friends in living rooms across the country, on January 31, 2019 beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern.
Why Our Own State of the Union?
Because “We, the People” can actually address the state of our Union, not just the state of our divisiveness. On January 31, see how to build trust instead of animosity; discover common ground; and feel better about the future of our beloved country.
What Will Happen at the Better Angels State of the Union?
On the evening of Thursday, January 31, people will gather in living rooms across the country with their families, friends and neighbors to participate in a historic event to bridge the political divide and build a new way forward for our country.
The evening will be live streamed via the Internet and available on our homepage and our Facebook page. For those who can’t watch it live, the stream will be also available for viewing in its entirety after the live event has concluded.
The live stream will begin at 8:30pm ET.
From 8:30pm ET – 9pm ET, we’ll be hosting a “pre-show,” showing videos and highlighting Better Angels members across the country.
At 9pm ET, David Blankenhorn, a founder and the President of Better Angels, will deliver a State of the Union address from the living room of a Better Angels member. His address will conclude by 9:30pm ET.
Sounds Interesting. How Can I Get Involved?
Here’s how, and it’s simple:
Sign up below, then invite a few people over to watch it with you. You can invite friends, neighbors, and other Better Angels members nearby. It’s like inviting people over to watch the Super Bowl.
Parties will begin structured discussions by 8pm ET and tune in to the live stream by 8:45pm ET. We recommend giving guests the option to arrive 15 – 30 minutes before the discussions begin at 8pm ET so there is time to get settled and enjoy refreshments. See below for more information, including discussion resources, and instructions on how to connect your computer to your TV if you want to show the stream on your TV.
After the stream concludes, you and your guests will complete post-event discussions meant to solidify action steps going forward.
If you live on the West Coast and want to host an evening watch party, please note that you will be able to watch a re-run of the event if you need. All of the programming will be the same.
To sign up to host an event, click on the button below.
If you’ve already signed up, click the button below to access our State of the Union (SOTU) hub, where you will find more information, including agendas for the evening, sample invites, and other resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I display the live-stream on my television?
Instructions to display the live-stream on your television can be found here. We will be going over these instructions with hosts in advance via Zoom call.
Is there any cost to host or to attend?
Do I have to be a member of Better Angels to host an event?
No, but we encourage you to Join and support our work, as well as encourage your guests to join!
Do the people attending my event need to be half blue and half red?
No, it would be great if you invited at least a few people who are on the other side of the political divide, but that’s not a requirement.