Tackling the big issues facing our country begins with us - a public that actively engages with its government. We can't just blame a divisive political system on lawmakers, candidates, and the media. All of us need to do a better job of understanding other points of view.
Our goals are simple:
- Political debate that is respectful, civil, and focused on issues.
- Candidates who reject divisive tactics and pledge to unify our country.
- Lawmakers who demonstrate they can work together in a bipartisan, productive fashion.
If you agree with these goals, take action now.
- Watch/read a variety of news sources with different perspectives to learn more about the issues and opinions that divide, and also unite, our country.
- Listen respectfully to people who have different views, be mindful to avoid stereotyping, and not use language that is insulting or derogatory.
- Encourage and support efforts to bring people of different points of view together in our community to have civil and respectful conversations
- Invite other people to join House Calls to Heal America by helping to connect people across political divisions. (Share Via Social Media)
Engage with your neighbors
Invite your neighbors to join you for a conversation about the future of America. Use a discussion guide to keep the conversation on common ground. For example, ask each other questions like this:
- What are you most thankful for about living in America?
- Why do you think our country is so bitterly divided at this time?
- What can we do to revive civility and find more effective ways to work together?
- In spite of political differences, what do you think are some of the main things that a majority of people in our country agree on?
- What can our political candidates do differently?
- Do you have an example of how you or someone you know solved a problem in your community?
- Do you have suggestions on how to restore civility ad respect to he political process?
Use these downloadable discussion tools and guides from the National Institute for Civil Discourse to help you take action to begin Healing America and its divides through respectful and civil conversations.