Countering Political Polarization – Summer and Fall 2021 Virtual Workshops (Braver Angels)

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Our country has become increasingly polarized over political issues. These FREE workshops will teach you strategies for both listening and speaking with people who have differing political opinions without trying to change anyone’s mind. You will learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of meaningful dialogue. Come to learn new skills (or reinforce existing skills) and practice in a comfortable, low-stakes environment.

These workshops are free to attend and will take place using Zoom. Registration information can be found below.

  • JUNE 21, 6:30 – 9:15 PM – Depolarizing Within workshops teach participants to look within and develop strategies for engaging politics without demonizing, and to constructively intervene in social conversations with like-minded peers.  Register by June 17 HERE.
  • AUGUST 16, 7 – 9:15 PM – Families and Politics workshops show participants how to talk about politics with their loved ones in a way that brings them closer together — not farther apart. Register by August 12: Register HERE
  • OCTOBER 18, 7 – 9:15 PM – Skills for Bridging the Divide workshops help you through difficult political conversations with people in your life. Learn how to talk across the divide in a constructive, empathetic way. (This is the same workshop that was offered in April 2021.  Both newbies and returning folks are welcome.) Save The Date. Registration link to follow in the Summer.
  • NOVEMBER 15, 7 – 9:15 PM – Families and Politics workshops show participants how to talk about politics with their loved ones in a way that brings them closer together — not farther apart. (This is the same workshop we offered in August 2021. Both newbies and returning folks are welcome.) Save The Date. Registration link to follow in the Summer.

These workshops are being facilitated by the national organization, Braver Angels, and are open to anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side (or the same side!) of the political aisle.

Questions? Contact Lindy Ferriss at pghba@braverangels.org

Local Hosts
Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Casa San Jose
Center for Loving Kindness of the JCC PGH
Christian Associates of Southwest PA
Emmanuel Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, Export PA
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – Community Relations Council
League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVPGH)
Mt. Lebanon Public Library – Democracy in America Series
Denis Theatre Foundation
Social Justice Institutes at Carlow University (SJI)
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

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