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Countering Political Polarization – Workshops Summer and Fall 2021

June 21, 2021

Countering Political Polarization

Greater Pittsburgh Workshops This Summer and Fall 2021

All Via Zoom and Free of Charge

Registration information below.

Our country has become increasingly polarized over political issues. These FREE workshops will teach you strategies for both listening and speaking with people who have differing political opinions without trying to change anyone’s mind. You will learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of meaningful dialogue. Come to learn new skills (or reinforce existing skills) and practice in a comfortable, low-stakes environment.

  • JUNE 21, 6:30 – 9:15 PM – Depolarizing Within workshops teach participants to look within and develop strategies for engaging politics without demonizing, and to constructively intervene in social conversations with like-minded peers.  Register by June 17 HERE
  • AUGUST 16, 7 – 9:15 PM – Families and Politics workshops show participants how to talk about politics with their loved ones in a way that brings them closer together — not farther apart. Register by August 12: Register HERE
  • OCTOBER 18, 7 – 9:15 PM – Skills for Bridging the Divide workshops help you through difficult political conversations with people in your life. Learn how to talk across the divide in a constructive, empathetic way. (This is the same workshop we offered in April 2021.  Both newbies and returning folks are welcome.) Save The Date. Registration link to follow in the Summer.
  • NOVEMBER 15, 7 – 9:15 PM – Families and Politics workshops show participants how to talk about politics with their loved ones in a way that brings them closer together — not farther apart. (This is the same workshop we offered in August 2021. Both newbies and returning folks are welcome.) Save The Date. Registration link to follow in the Summer.

These workshops are being facilitated by the national organization, Braver Angels, https://braverangels.org/, and are open to anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side (or the same side!) of the political aisle.

Questions? Contact Lindy Ferriss at [email protected]

Local Hosts

  • Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Casa San Jose
  • Center for Loving Kindness of the JCC PGH
  • Christian Associates of Southwest PA
  • Emmanuel Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, Export PA
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – Community Relations Council
  • League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVPGH)
  • Mt. Lebanon Public Library
  • Social Justice Institutes at Carlow University
  • YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

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