America is trapped in a destructive loop of toxic polarization, in which reflexive “us vs them” thinking is weaponized by purveyors of disinformation, division, extremism, and hate. We must break this loop to restore our relationships, rebuild communities, and renew democracy. Finding a way out requires no more—and no less—than empowering millions of Americans to reject toxic division and embrace civic bridging.

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No Greater Mission. No Greater Means.

How National Service Can Advance Bridgebuilding

President Reagan on the Infrastructure of Democracy

Ronald Reagan in his Westminster address elaborated on the importance of deciding upon individual beliefs while simultaneously coming together despite differences.

"What, to the slave, is the fourth of July?"

Frederick Douglass shared that the Fourth of July may have certain meaning to some but a different meaning to others.

President Obama Champions Democracy in his Farewell Address

Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the American people on January 10, 2017. At this moment during his speech, he emphasized the importance of looking after our democracy.

Chief Joseph on Equal Treatment Under the Law

In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat (Chief Joseph) elaborated on the need to acknowledge native Americans.

President Ford on the Rule of the People

Gerald Ford justified to the people that the American democratic system works as he spoke of restoring the nation after the Watergate scandal.

President Clinton's First Inaugural Address

Bill Clinton gave his first inaugral address and spoke on the subject of American renewal.

President Kennedy's Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy emphasized the shared fight against the threats to the nation and why freedom, a value meaningful to the nation, must be protected.

FDR's First Inaugural Address

Franklin D. Roosevelt discussed how much democracy has endured.

President Carter: "Human Rights Invented America."

Jimmy Carter's Farewell Address spoke on the subject of human rights and how America was born from the concept.

Susan B. Anthony: Is it a crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?

Susan B. Anthony's "On Women's Right to Vote" – excerpt from "Norman Rockwell in Virtual Reality - The Four Seasons"
May 6, 2022

Strengthening American Democracy through Civic Investment

Discussing the urgent need to invest in civic infrastructure—the local places, programs, media, and people necessary for a healthy civic culture at the local and national level—to strengthen the democratic republic.
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