May 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Dan Sockle
Better Angles - Meeting in the Weyerhauser Room in the Memorial Coliseum

The United States is disuniting. The last presidential election only made clear what many have feared — that we’re becoming two Americas, each angry with the other, and neither trusting the other’s basic humanity and good intentions. Today Americans increasingly view their political opponents not only as misguided, but also as bad people whose ways of thinking are both dangerous and incomprehensible. This degree of civic rancor threatens our democracy.

Our Mission

Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizens’ movement to unify our divided nation. By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working alliance, we’re building new ways to talk to one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation.

Our Pledge

  • As individuals, try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it.

  • In our communities, engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together.

  • In politics, support leaders and policies aiming to bring us together rather than divide us.

Our Rule

We are reds and blues together in approximately equal numbers; and we are upscale and working class, and of different colors, such that our organization looks like the country we seek to serve.

Our Strategy

  • Invent a community workshop that successfully helps reds and blues rebuild trust.

  • With partners, scale the workshops to reach a critical mass of Americans.

  • Create from the workshops ongoing red-blue alliances to continue the work.

  • Leaders meet together annually to support each other and determine national priorities.

  • Red and blue thought leaders work together to argue in new ways and make new arguments for depolarization.

  • Within a decade, create a citizen’s movement strong and smart enough to influence policy makers and cultural norms.