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‘Braver Angels’ chronicles efforts to reduce political divisiveness

BRATTLEBORO—With the country in a political as well as a health crisis, and with the 2020 election promising to be one of the most divisive periods in our history, several national organizations have been stepping forward, seeking to help in healing the bitterness and rancor.

One of these is Braver Angels, whose Maine/New Hampshire chapter, appreciating the efforts already being made in Brattleboro, now includes Vermont. While the organization supports vigorous pre-election campaigning, it believes that political tensions and strife can be reduced through humanity and decency.

Accordingly, Braver Angels, in collaboration with Compassionate Brattleboro, will stream a film on the topic on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion led by Miriam Dror of Brattleboro and Braver Angels organizers.

Braver Angels: Reuniting America is a 50-minute documentary about what happened before, during, and after a Braver Angels Red/Blue workshop in Waynesville, Ohio.

Directed by four-time Emmy award-winner Jim Brown and produced by musician Peter Yarrow, it captures an unusual gathering of a group of “reds” (Republicans) and “blues” (Democrats) coming together to find common ground and even forge friendships despite initial tension, trepidation, and sharply differing views.

To register for this Zoom event, go to bit.ly/579_braver or send your name and email address to compassionstory@gmail.com.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #579 (Wednesday, September 16, 2020). This story appeared on page B2.

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