We’re almost in the final month of the Rise For America campaign, and we have nearly 1,200 actions committed! It’s not too late to get involved — and there’s a fun and easy way to jump in and make a difference.
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Civility isn’t just a desire to find common ground, or to bury our differences and sing “kumbaya” with people who disagree with us. It’s not a desire for ideological unity, a jettisoning of our core convictions, or a refusal to engage in healthy conflict.
Our experience as a country reminds us that we are capable of overcoming the mightiest of obstacles. But whatever your politics, we cannot do it by sinking ever further into the culture of dishonesty and demonization that got us here.
There’s a big divide in America, and it’s not often talked about. It’s not the divide between Democrats and Republicans, or between white Americans and black Americans. It’s the divide between the haves and the have-nots. Anthony’s song speaks to the millions of Americans who feel unheard by a perceived authoritarian class they feel is more interested in serving themselves than their constituents.
If you’ve been to one of our debates, you’ll know they’re unlike any other. They’re not a competition, but a collective search for truth.
“I attended parts of the convention and was struck by two things at once,” Farah Stockman, a member of The New York Times editorial board, wrote. “The positive energy that both Gangstagrass and Braver Angels give off—and how much it runs against the grain of what’s trending in the rest of America.”
At Braver Angels we, and our allies, are building a movement. It is a movement for reconciliation and goodwill in America that responds to the civic ailments and the cancer of animosity that has spread across our land.
Have you heard about our Rise for America Campaign?
If I’ve learned anything working with elected officials to bridge our toughest divides, it’s that they are just as tired of the toxicity as we are, if not more. And that no matter how powerful they seem, they can’t change the game on their own. They need us to stand up and say we’re with them.
On Wednesday, nearly 700 delegates — equally divided between Red and Blue — gathered in Gettysburg at the 2023 Braver Angels Convention. We came together to bridge the partisan divide, bring a spirit of goodwill to our politics, and spark a movement that’s larger than our organization alone.
I am pleased to announce that starting Wednesday evening, Braver Angels will be live-streaming the 2023 National Convention on our homepage at braverangels.org.
For those who can’t attend the convention in person, you can tune in online starting with the Opening Plenary at 7pm ET on Wednesday July 5.
The truth is, many issues are more complex than we’re willing to admit. I think most of us share similar values, even if those values lead us to different conclusions.
At Braver Angels we are telling a different story about what is happening in America. Come join us.
After months of gathering song submissions, partnering with other organizations, working with our incredible volunteer response, and an outstanding cast of judges, the Braver Angels Music team is ready to announce the winners of the 2023 Braver Angels Song Contest.
We may need labels like “red” and “blue” to do what we do. But let us never confuse our labels with the truth of who we actually are.
Politics is seen as the realm of lawyers and experts, not truckers and nurses. We’re working to change that.
Want to fight polarization? Take a vacation!
Seriously: what’s going on with Elon Musk?
Does engaging bad ideas across the divide make you a bad person? Tune in for some real talk on tough questions with renowned psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt.
An all-red panel discusses what liberals, academia, and the mainstream media “miss” about conservatives.
How can we get more curious, together, as a nation in crisis?
Braver Angels leaders John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O’Connor come together for a wide-ranging debate on the most critical issues animating the 2022 midterm elections.
What can America learn from civil conflicts in other countries, and how can we, together as citizens, take a stand for peace?
A Trump supporter interviews a Biden supporter on everything from Hunter Biden to January 6th.
Three Braver Angels leaders talk about how their respective religious traditions inspire their bridge-building work.
Why are conservatives so angry about the FBI’s raid of his residence at Mar-a-Lago?
This piece headed the Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter for July 17th, 2022.
In this Braver Angels roundtable, four of the organization’s leaders take turns discussing how they keep the faith at a time of deepening division.
Is it possible to bridge the gun divide on the level of shared values?
What America can learn from bridging in the Hispanic community.