"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. "
Abraham Lincoln, 1861
Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization.
We unite red and blue Americans in a working alliance to Depolarize America. Instead of asking people to change their minds about key issues, we give all Americans a chance to better understand each other, to absorb the values and experiences that inform our political philosophies, and to ultimately recognize our common humanity.
Better Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.
An opportunity to talk with someone outside of your own political group about what you each believe and want for the country. This is a self-directed, non-facilitated conversation following a detailed structure.
Better Angels will pair you up to either start your conversation through letters, face-to-face (or video), or a combination of both.
If a face-to-face or video conversation feels uncomfortable to start, you can begin your conversation through letters (via e-mail or hand-written if you prefer). Better Angels pairs you with a person of a different ideology to start a conversation on what you both believe and want for the country.
If you want to jump right into a face-to-face or video conversation, or move on to a more direct conversation after a letter exchange, Better Angels will match you with someone ideologically different for an in-person or video meeting or facilitate the move from letters to a face-to-face introduction.