Braver Angels 2020

America is in crisis—from the wildfires in the West, tropical storms in the Southeast, nationwide protests, and historic levels of unemployment and uncertainty due to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. Amidst all this, we are only months away from the 2020 election, which promises to be one of the most divisive periods in our history.

The 2020 campaign has brought out passionate support from all ends of the political spectrum. New groups and ideas have been brought to the political table. All sides are fighting with the utmost passion and vigor—and that is the way it should be. America deserves leaders with clear ideas and the passion to fight for what they believe in. But no matter who wins in November, our country will remain dangerously polarized—with both sides ready to continue the unfortunate trend of dismissing and dehumanizing each other, without any space for dialogue or respecting each other’s humanity.

Is there a right way to fight, without vitriol, name-calling and bad faith arguments? How can Americans have these difficult political discussions without descending into all-out conflict? With these questions heavy on our minds, we launched Braver Angels 2020: a campaign to show Americans the right way to fight. It’s a coordinated messaging, events, and fundraising campaign to guide us through the electoral debate toward a more perfect Union — and to grow Braver Angels into the kind of movement that can heal this nation and build a house united in 2021 and beyond—unity this country needs now more than ever.

In July, we tackled “Race in America,” with a series of debates, discussions, workshops, forums, and podcasts on topics like institutional racism, police reform, and the future of Black America. (See below to watch videos of all the online events.) This month, September, we’ll tackle “Trump’s America,” with programming and media dedicated to exploring people’s views on President Trump, his policies, and his vision for America. And in October, our focus will be on engaging the Election head-on. This campaign is about giving Americans of all backgrounds and political persuasions the chance to make their voice heard, and to “Fight Right.”

Please see below for a list of our upcoming 2020 campaign events — and please support our campaign to depolarize America.

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“Trump’s America”

August 28th: Film Discussion – The Campaign of Miner Bo
With Bo Copley and Director Todd Drezner

September 3rd: Debate – Trump and Black America
Trump & Black America: Have President Trump’s policies been good or bad for Black America?
Watch the Debate!

September 10th: America’s Public Forum: Tim Carney
The white working class and the 2020 election, with Tim Carney, author of “Alienated America”

September 11th: Debate – Trump and the Working Class

Has President Trump fulfilled his promises to the American working class?
Watch the Debate!

September 15th: Debate – Wearing Masks
Should the federal government mandate wearing masks in public spaces?
Watch the Debate! 

September 17th: Debate – Cancel Culture
Should we cancel cancel culture? Is the media unfair to President Trump?
Watch the Debate! 

September 22: America’s Public Forum: What is Nationalism? with Michael Lind
Writer and professor Michael Lind discusses nationalism

September 25th: Film Discussion – High Noon
Watch the film for free here.
With Elizabeth Boulware and Scott Sharon


Braver Angels Podcast: Warriors: Specialists. Blue and Red. Woman and Man.

Why I’m Supporting Trump

A Trump Supporter’s Case for Campaign Finance Reform

A Trump-Supporting Braver Angel

Feminism, Free Speech, & Thinking Freely

Race in America


Past Events:

Watch the videos below!

Monday July 6th
Braver Angels Podcast
Bridging Black Perspectives
Bob Woodson Meets Hawk Newsome (with John Wood, Jr.)

Wednesday July 8th
America’s Public Forum
Can Christians Heal the Racial Divide? 
With Evan Chase, Rich Tafel and Omar Jawar (with Damien Conners)

Thursday July 9th
Braver Angels Debate
Resolved: “America should embrace radical systemic change to address racism.”

Monday July 13th
Braver Angels Podcast
What We Mean by White Supremacy
With Joy Donnell, Maleena Lawrence, Monica Guzman, John Wood, Jr. 

Wednesday July 22nd
America’s Public Forum
Systemic Racism—What Does the Data Tell Us? 
Ft. Wilfred Reilly & Roderick Graham with John Wood, Jr.

Friday, July 24th
Film Discussion
The Banker (available on Apple TV+)
With Alex Fennoy, Executive VP of Community and Economic Development, Midwest BankCentre and Scott Sharon

Monday July 27th
Braver Angels Podcast
Race and Empathy from the US to the UK
Ayishat Akanbi and John Wood, Jr.

Wednesday July 29th
America’s Public Forum
The Future of Black America
With Glenn Loury, Sherlett Hendy Newbill and Nel Glover 

Thursday July 30th
Braver Angels Debate
Resolved: Institutional racism remains present in America and the country should assist Black Americans with reparations. 

Friday July 31st
Film Discussion
 Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (available on Amazon Prime)
With Donna Murphy

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