In the News Archive
Tennessean // Despite the hateful and divisive rhetoric we hear on TV from our leaders, both local and national, and the toxic atmosphere we are reminded of daily, Americans are caring, warm and wonderful people. It does not matter where they come from, what their backgrounds are, what race they are or who they voted for.
The Post-Star // What is clear is that we need that type of civil discourse, the type of discourse that Braver Angels is trying to delivery across our communities.
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 Braver Angels delegate.
St. Louis Public Radio // After the 2016 presidential election, David Blankenhorn, president of the national organization Braver Angels, wanted to bring voters together to try to find common ground despite their political differences.
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 Braver Angels can do it – and will – at its second bipartisan national convention later this week.
The Post-Star // Over the past couple weeks, Braver Angels held two information programs and one skills workshop at the library. More than 50 turned out for the three meetings. Each person at the meeting was asked why they were there. More than one talked about how the political divide had impacted family relationships.
USA Today // In the Trump age, political polarization in the United States has never been higher. Groups like Braver Angels are promoting civility to lower angst.
Greenfield Recorder // Alternating “red,” “blue,” “red,” blue” in their seating, 16 participants at a recent Braver Angels workshop spent seven hours working toward bridging their political differences.
Chillecothe Gazette // The Braver 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.
The Rotarian Magazine // “Applying The Four-Way Test to the idea of having a civil conversation is really appropriate,” Nelson Holmberg explains. “Being able to be part of both Rotary and Braver Angels is incredibly valuable.”
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.
CBS19 NEWS // Judith Minter, the co-moderator of Better-Angels.org, discusses Braver Angels.
The Post-Star // If you are disgusted with politics and the current state of political parties, you should do something about it.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press // Bill Doherty gets emotional when he recites a favorite quote from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address.
Catalyst // Truth springs from argument amongst friends. —David Hume, 18th C. Scottish empiricist and philosopher
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.
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 Braver Angels organization.
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?”
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.
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.