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National Debate: Homelessness
January 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
de·bate| dəˈbāt | – noun – A highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen to one another, and are open to being changed by ideas.
About this Event
Resolved: Address homelessness with housing first, without preconditions.
The homeless have many different faces: a family with children living in a car, a worker who lost his job who is living on friends’ couches or floors, a person with mental illness or drug addiction living on the streets, a man or woman living in an encampment ‘community’ with all their possessions, a teenage runaway vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.
We see them in our cities and even our towns, panhandling, lying on sidewalks, wandering, scrounging for food, cold and shivering. We sometimes step over them and their detritus- human waste, needles, food containers, scraps of cloth…
We feel many things. Sadness, empathy, sympathy, anger, resentment, helplessness, shared humanity.
What should we do about homelessness? What might work?
About Braver Angels’ Debates
You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Braver Angels Debate. It’s not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a competitive high school or college debate, where people advocate positions in which they may not believe for the sole purpose of vanquishing their foes.
A Braver Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.
Braver Angels’ Debates might help you understand the debate process that we use.
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Registration for this debate will be closed 1 hours prior to the scheduled starting time. Group registration is not enabled for this debate. If you would like to participate online in the virtual company of others, we recommend that you coordinate the timing of your registration and ask that individuals register for themselves.
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