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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Margaret Chase Smith's "Declaration of Conscience" Speech

Margaret Chase Smith explained how Americans need to think as citizens and not by political party.

President Eisenhower on Love and Mutual Respect

Dwight D. Eisehower gave his farewell address, elaborating on uniting despite differences and providing opportunity to all.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. called the country to act on the issue of racial injustice.

President Nixon on the Essence of Freedom

Richard Nixon gave his first inaugural address, speaking on the importance of bringing the country together and ending segregation, discrimination, and injustice.

Let's fight for America by learning to listen first

The year ahead will present both enormous challenge and opportunity for a nation severely fractured across political and myriad other lines.

America Talks: How not to let fear isolate you from people with different opinions

The late comedian Joan Rivers often quipped, “Can we talk?” If her catchphrase was asked today, it might be met with a resounding “No.”

A Nation of Weavers

The social renaissance is happening from the ground up.
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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