Posters of the Water Cooler, unite!


Mar 16, 2021
I've posted about Braver Angels before. Here's an upcoming list of activities and webinars they have planned. I'll be watching the public forum about race, rights and Black America and might do the book club.

Outside Shooter, you in particular wrote about the tension in your family regarding political divisions. The "Helping Loved Ones Divided By Politics" webinar might be really useful for you.

Race, rights, and Black America:
America's Public Forum #1

As debate about critical race theory boils over, what are the stories that America tells itself about race in general, and about the Black experience in particular? What stories should America tell itself?

Join us tomorrow, June 30, at 8 pm ET for a special America's Public Forum with author and podcaster Coleman Hughes and civil rights attorney Rakim Brooks, moderated by Braver Angels' National Ambassador John Wood Jr. Register here.
🇺🇸 Braver Angels went to Washington!

In case you missed it... Last week, Braver Angels cofounder Bill Doherty testified to the U.S. House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The topic: how Congress can depolarize. Watch Bill's congressional testimony recommending three ways to restore meaningful discourse at the highest levels in the land. Plus: Here's a quick replay of a lively back-and-forth with Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) in which the lawmaker, who's done BA workshops with his staff, recognizes the power of our work.​
🎧 Podcast: Christians and the job of reconciliation

Since politics has become a religion, what can religious people do? And how can faith inspire Christians to join together rather than break apart? Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joins the Braver Angels Podcast to discuss the public role of faith and how Christians can become a force for reconciliation in our politics. Listen to the episode here.​
❤️ Helping loved ones divided over politics
Want to reconnect with the relative who holds "those" views about politics? Are you and your partner struggling to keep things civil when the talk turns to the 2020 national elections? Then please save the date to join our "Helping Loved Ones Divided By Politics" webinar coming up on July 10 at 12 noon ET, when Braver Angels' co-founder Bill Doherty, a national expert on families, provides real-time advice to a pair of cousins whose relationship has become strained over politics. Registration link is coming soon.
📚 Braver Angels Book Club

Coming in July (date TBD, postponed from June 9), our Literature Against Political Polarization series continues with The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. If you don’t have time to read the whole book, you can download this extract from the book, recently published in the New Yorker. Link to the discussion guide here.

Start reading now! On August 11 starting at 8 pm ET, we'll be talking about High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley.​
Colleagues of the week: David Iwinski and Bruce MacKenzie​

David Iwinski (top photo) has never met a debate he didn’t like. Bruce MacKenzie draws on elements of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address to explain why continued debate is not just nice to have, but essential to help forge a better union.

Says Iwinski, a vocal Red: “If we don’t have disagreements, we’re doing it wrong.” Adds MacKenzie, a passionate Blue: “America is constantly testing its dedication to 'the proposition that all men are created equal.’ How we realize that ideal is extremely difficult; David and I will sometimes be at loggerheads over how to achieve it.”

Read more here about what Iwinski and MacKenzie (vehemently) agree on, what they're working on, and why they're so fired up about election integrity.

Braver Angels across America

Greetings from Minneapolis! Send us a photo of your HAT sign. Learn how to buy a sign and submit a photo here.

This week's photo: Barbara Thomas (Blue) and Rick Hotchner (Red).Their HAT sign photo even took priority over moving their furniture into their new home!
🎆 Happy Fourth of July weekend coming up!

And thank you for being part of our community.​