Skills for Bridging the Divide
June 11, 2023
There can be a lot of stress among people who are divided politically.
Indivisible Rural Illinois
May 4, 2023
After hearing about Braver Angels at our Champaign event, Indivisible Rural Illinois leaders extended a warm invitation to present at their May meeting about lowering the temperature of our political conversations. We highlighted our Being Blue in a Red Environment workshop, in addition to our Being Red in a Blue Environment workshop. (Video of the presentation is HERE.)
Bridging Our Divides: Lunch, Documentary, and Discussion at Eden United Church of Christ in Chicago
April 23, 2023
The documentary -- Braver Angels: Reuniting America -- shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters moving through a Braver Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. Viewers got an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friend with one—and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking a co-leadership role with one in a movement that now spans the country.
Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference
Chicago Alliance Meet 'n Greet
March 25, 2023
Roughly 30 people -- both BA members and those interested in BA -- gathered to learn about the new Chicago Alliance. After socializing, Chicago Alliance co-chairs Svetlana Bekman and Brian Padden gave a presentation in which they outlined the formation of BA, its efforts to date, and the array of opportunities for members. It was a wonderful way for current and prospective members to meet in real time and experience the energy behind the depolarization movement.
Braver Angels at College of Dupage
In Glen Ellyn
Braver Angels moderators completed a Skills for Bridging the Divide workshop with political science students in Professor (and Braver Angel) Maureen Heffern Ponicki’s class. This was the second semester of our involvement at College of DuPage. These workshops are part of a broader Braver Angels’ effort to bring the skills of depolarization to college students.
Building a House United: A Local
Conversation In the Land of Lincoln
February 15, 2023
Post-Event Happy Hour Featuring East Central Alliance and BA Co-Founder Bill Doherty
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA Roughly 200 attendees gathered at a town hall to discuss Building a House United in the campus and community. See the video HERE (panelists begin at 18:36).
Organized by the BA of East Central Illinois Alliance and sponsored by the University of Illinois Vice Chancellor's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the featured panelists were Bill Doherty Co-founder of Braver Angels and Professor, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Scott Althaus Director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, Merriam Professor, Department of Political Science; Ken E. Salo Clinical Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, expertise in global justice centering on South African transition; and Colleen Murphy Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy and of Political Science. Moderators Matt Hausman (BA State Coordinator for Illinois - Red) and Chuck Stone (BA State Coordinator for Illinois - Blue) kept discussion flowing with questions from the audience.
At this campus-community event, attendees were able to ask questions of panelists, sign up to attend upcoming Alliance meetings, and apply to become BA moderators.
The League of Women Voters of Champaign County co-sponsored the event. Two organizers were LWV and B.A. members Sara Kelley and Carol Bosley.
The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette also co-sponsored the event. To view guest columns by Colleen Murphy, Matt Hausman and Chuck Stone, click HERE.
Braver Angels Zoom Alliance Lunch
January 14, 2023
Zoom Statewide Alliance
Members of the statewide Zoom Alliance met in person to socialize and discuss all things Braver Angels.
State Coordinator's Corner
With the midterm elections (mostly) behind us, we are looking ahead to how Braver Angels in Illinois can promote civility and respect in our political discourse in 2023 and beyond. This website is one early step, and we hope to improve it and have semi-regular posts here so we can keep all of our members across the state informed about what is happening here and around the country.
-Chuck & Matt