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Bridging Divides

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Listening, learning, and discovering shared purpose.

Van Jones: "We Need More Friends" Van Jones: "We Need More Friends"
by Van Jones, Sarah van Gelder
Van Jones has advocated a change in how we practice activism. Sarah van Gelder asked him what he means when he says we need to make more friends and less enemies.
In Review :: Who Speaks for Islam? In Review :: Who Speaks for Islam?
by Jamal Rahman
Since 9/11, voices on all sides have expressed shrill opinions about the Muslim World that Islamic sages might describe as "all fireworks and little light." Who Speaks for Islam? contributes real data to clear away misunderstandings and challenge stereotypes.
Our Own Agenda :: Immigration Our Own Agenda :: Immigration
by Sarah van Gelder
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
by David Korten
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service. David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along across the red-blue divide—after all, we want most of the same things. As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
Tools For a Populist Uprising Tools For a Populist Uprising
by Noah Grant, Layla Aslani
Practical steps for bridging the political divide. Organizing, building trust, taking direct action—this feature shows you how to get media attention, build a coalition, organize online, and reach out and communicate.
Immigrants & American-born: “Are you listening?” Immigrants & American-born: “Are you listening?”
by Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal talks about the "Night of 1000 Conversations". On June 19, people from different ethnic backgrounds sat down in small groups in cafes, homes, offices and union halls across the country. and discussed the role of immigration in the country’s past, present, and future.
Equality Ride Equality Ride
by Noah Grant
Noah Grant profiles the Equality Ride, a two-month road trip by a group of gay and lesbian youth to the most conservative campuses in the country. The goal: to connect with people who may never have spoken to an “out” gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person.
The Great Correction Song The Great Correction Song
by Eliza Gilkyson
Song lyrics from Eliza Gilkyson, The Great Correction, written for "Last Sunday" in Austin, Texas
Conversations Across the Divide Conversations Across the Divide
How do we form a more perfect union—or at least find enough common ground for a civil conversation? Breaking out of red-blue stereotypes is a good place to start. And listening to the hopes and fears that lie beneath the rhetoric. Respect helps, along with the expectation of transformation—our own as well as our adversaries’.
YES! Film Picks: Making Whiteness Visible YES! Film Picks: Making Whiteness Visible
by Carol Estes
Maddening and motivating independent films: Mirrors of Privilege, Abel Raises Cain and Pilgrimage.
People We Love :: Ava Lowery People We Love :: Ava Lowery
Ava Lowery launched peacetakescourage.com, a website showcasing her homemade antiwar videos.
Family Reunions Build Bridges to Cuba Family Reunions Build Bridges to Cuba
by Elizabeth Cerejido
If there’s one thing Cubans in Miami share with compatriots in Cuba, it’s a desire to travel freely—especially to visit family. Lifting the U.S. travel ban could open all kinds of doors.
Life in Iran :: Photo Essay Life in Iran :: Photo Essay
by Arash Shiva
Arash Shiva’s beautiful photographs of daily life in Iran, taken in Fall 2007.
FALLOUT: Coming Home From the War in Iraq FALLOUT: Coming Home From the War in Iraq
by Ava Lowery
A short film by Ava Lowery about the war in Iraq and its effects on our returning troops. Pro-war or anti-war, we should all take the time to listen to what our returning troops have to say.
Baptists and Popular Education in Cuba: an interview with Joel Suárez Baptists and Popular Education in Cuba: an interview with Joel Suárez
by Sarah van Gelder, Justine Simon
An interview with Joel Suárez, the general coordinator of the Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba. He discusses the three founding pillars of the movement, as well as the lead up to the 1992 changes in Cuba's constitution that ratified the state's secular nature.
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