Angels of Color Caucus
To encourage People of Color (POC) to join Braver Angels and provide programming of special interest to POC. The Angels of Color Caucus enables Red, Blue and Other/Independent POC to listen to and learn from each other within the Caucus, and to sponsor or co-sponsor special events for the entire Braver Angels community which help us to better understand each other.
Who We Are
We are a mix of Red, Blue and Other/Independent people who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern or North African, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Other Race or Ethnicity (but not standard White). We are first and foremost Americans; we love our country and the flag it represents, while we recognize our country’s flaws and that we are a work in progress.
We focus on three areas:
- Internal Discussions: In order for Angels of Color Caucus members to get to know each other better and hear and understand different points of view, we will meet approximately once a month to review and discuss a major public policy issue affecting our communities. We will read two to four pieces from various publications representing different points of view on the subject of the day and then discuss the contrasting points of view. Some of the topics we may discuss are critical race theory, reparations, charter schools, defunding the police, affirmative action, racial authenticity and loyalty, impact of a white standard of beauty, and impact and causes of stereotypes. Leader: Peter Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- External Events: As a group or co-sponsoring with other Braver Angels groups, we will organize and hold events open to all Braver Angels on topics of particular interest to members of the Angels of Color Caucus. Leader: Janelle Burke, email@example.com.
- Outreach: We will perform outreach to communities whose members are predominantly POC—such as HBCUs, the Association of Latino Professionals for America, and faith communities—encouraging them to attend Braver Angels events and join Braver Angels. Please add to or be inspired by this list of potential groups to present to. We will work together with Linda Beck, Braver Angels Ambassadors leader, to develop specific outreach materials and train as Braver Angels Ambassadors. Leader: Angie Watson-Hejjem, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angels of Color Caucus Videos
1:1 Conversations about Race, Ethnicity and Culture—at dates and times that you and your partner choose.
“If you looked and looked at all of the solutions proposed by scientists over the years to combat prejudice and racism, you’d be hard pressed to find a more effective antidote than intergroup friendship,” according to Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton. In fact, a meta-analysis of 515 studies by Thomas Pettigrew and others shows that intergroup contact typically reduces prejudice.
These 1:1 conversations aim at creating trust, curiosity and deeper understanding between White people and people of color, one relationship at a time. Each relationship is like a sturdy brick. A brick is a small thing, but thousands of bricks together can create a mighty bridge.
To learn more about Braver Angels 1:1 conversations, please click here. Read the conversation guide for the 1:1 Conversation about Race, Ethnicity and Culture here, and sign up for a 1:1 conversation by clicking here