Braver Angels in North Carolina

To Be, Rather Than to Seem

About Braver Angels North Carolina

As of August 2020 there were approximately 450 Braver Angels members in North Carolina. Beginning in June 2018 with a Red/Blue Workshop, numerous “on land” workshops, debates and presentations were held at churches, libraries, retirement communities, senior centers, Rotary clubs and other organizations.

Until the shift to online events in the face of the Pandemic, the activity was mainly in Regional Hubs, areas where there was a concentration of BA members and subscribers: Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, the Research Triangle, Fayetteville and Wilmington. In those areas Key Contacts helped people organize, lead workshops and debates, and keep tabs on BA events in their area.

Red/Blue Workshop in Carthage, NC
Depolarizing Within Workshop in Fayetteville, NC

Until the shift to online events in the face of the Pandemic, the activity was mainly in Regional Hubs, areas where there was a concentration of BA members and subscribers: Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, the Research Triangle, Fayetteville and Wilmington. In those areas Key Contacts helped people organize, lead workshops and debates, and keep tabs on BA events in their area.

State Coordinators

Steve Warshaw

West North Carolina
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Krishana Polite

East North Carolina
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Regional Hubs of Activity

Since the shift to online events in the spring of 2020, people from across the state can participate in almost any BA event.  So having a statewide communication network has become even more important in providing contact information and details about what is available. 

Asheville Area

Robert Allison
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Mecklenberg Area

Rich Midkiff
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Gastonia Area Mark Epstein [email protected] Jennifer Stepp [email protected]

West Triangle Area

Laura Gilliom
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East Triangle Area, Fayetteville and Wilmington Areas

Krishana Polite
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Workshops and Debates

Workshops and debates are helping depolarize the political culture in North Carolina. North Carolina has been very active in training moderators, chairs and technical staff for, and holding online workshops and debates. Many of these are organized and provided by the Braver Angels Alliance of Central North Carolina. Others have been organized and provided by the Asheville, Gastonia, Mecklenburg and Wilmington areas. Four of the first 12 local online debates in the country were in North Carolina, and the state has been a leader in offering online workshops as well.

Check out upcoming events in North Carolina by clicking HERE.

In The News

Know of articles or videos in the news about Braver Angels in North Carolina?  Let us know.  [email protected]

Newsletter

Beginning in November 2019, Krishana and Steve have published a monthly Newsletter, which is emailed to all BA members in the state. It lists workshops, debates and presentations throughout the state, with contact information for people who want to participate. The Newsletter also includes topics such as releases of new workshops, the 2020 Campaign, the Common Ground Town Hall project, special events such as the BA Song-Writing Contest, individual success stories and others. Want to be on our mailing list? Just let us know at [email protected]

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