It is important to talk to each other about tough problems, finding common ground where we are divided in politics. Learn more at tscpl.org/conversations.
ONLINE ONLY. Practice deliberation through considering other perspectives, listening with empathy and respect, and weighing the trade-offs of possible actions. Download a free issue guide for this Deliberative Conversation at or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in accessing the issue guide. Register at http://events.tscpl.org/event/4029244
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It all began in southwest Ohio, where Trump voters and Clinton voters gathered in our Red/Blue workshops in the weeks and months after the 2016 election.
Now, the second workshop and its aftermath have been captured in Better Angels: Reuniting America, a one-hour documentary film by Emmy-winning director Jim Brown and produced by Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter, Paul, and Mary trio.
Better Angels: Reuniting America shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters moving through a Better Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. You’ll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one—and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country.
You are invited to a screening on February 24th at 6:30 pm in Tully, NY at the Tully Free Library.
Afterwards, there will be a Q&A featuring Better Angels volunteers.
Watch a four-minute clip from the Documentary at https://vimeo.com/318557177 password: angels
Location: Tully Free Library, 12 State St. Tully, NY
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Workshop with Republican (Red) leaning and Democrat (Blue) leaning citizens for structured discussions with those holding differing and similar view points. Independents are welcome to participate - we ask for the group discussions that you register are leaning Red or Blue.
- Understand the experiences & beliefs of those on the other side.
- Find any areas of common ground in addition to our differences.
- See if we can learn anything that might be helpful to our nation.
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of people whose political beliefs differ from their own. You should be able to answer "yes" to the following question:
“Are you willing to listen to the other side, and speak with respect?”
Two ways to join a Better Angels' Red/Blue Workshop are as a Participant or as an Observer /Alternate.
Participants engage in small- and large-group discussions with individuals of both the same and different political viewpoints. Participants must identify as “red” (Republican / leaning conservative) or “blue” (Democrat / leaning liberal). There is an equal balance of red and blue participants: 5 to 7 people on each side.
Observers / Alternates identify as red, blue or independent (not leaning either way). They do not participate in the discussions but will have the opportunity to watch and listen throughout the day. They join the participants for conversations during lunch and break times. Observers/Alternates should be ready to step in and participate as their "political color" in the event of a participant cancellation. Observer/Alternates have found observing a workshop to be very valuable.
Participants & Observers will receive a call and email from a local Better Angels Organizer in Dayton. Organizers may need to switch people between Participant and Observer / Alternate depending on the # of participants needed to balance the workshop. The location of the event and times will also be confirmed during the call and email.
Coffee, snacks and catered lunch will be available. We are a volunteer, grassroots organization so all food and beverages are provided by the Better Angels volunteers. A donation basket will be on the table for anyone who wishes to help offset costs.
Email Better Angels State Coordinator Beverly Horstman at: Horstman.email@example.com
Goals of a Red/Blue Workshop
- To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
- To see if there are areas of commonality in addition to differences.
- To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.
Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations. Observers watch the action. Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop:
Better understand the experiences and beliefs across the political divide
Find areas of commonality in addition to differences
Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation.