We want to support democracy.
Authoritarianism and tactics that undermine and destroy democracy are happening in the USA and around the world. At this critical time, voting, the foundation of democracy, is threatened.
We will work to develop the Democracy Circle process as a reproducible practice and tool for democracy movements around the world.
Judith Kennedy: Democracy Circle Book Club via the Building a Culture of Empathy group. We broke into groups of 4-5 people. One fellow was from the Netherlands and spoke about their multi-party system. We concluded that the two party system in the U.S. not only isn't representative of multiple viewpoints and experiences, but sets up a good guy/bad guy polarization. Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and the Netherlands were represented in our small group. We followed a protocol to encourage active listening and empathy. All of us are reading the little book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. The group is still open.
A guy from Braver Angels was there. It was noted that there needs to be more people of divergent views . I think there were about 25 participants from around the country and a few from the Netherlands. A few people of color . yesterday was the first out of ten meetings . but the downside is it is every Saturday for ten weeks . but not everyone will make all ten well now nine times.