About Us

We bring Americans together to bridge the partisan divide and strengthen our democratic republic.

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Braver Angels is a national citizens’ movement bringing liberals, conservatives and others together to bridge the partisan divide. Through workshops, debates, and other programming, we endeavor not to find centrist compromise, but to find one another as citizens—to listen and understand each other beyond stereotypes and to reduce the vitriol that poisons our civic culture. Our focus is not on changing people’s views, but on changing people’s views of each other.

What is Braver Angels?

Hear founders David Blakenhorn and Bill Doherty talk about Braver Angels.


We Are Braver Angels

Braver Angels is calling Americans to courage -- to fix our broken politics, uplift our fellow Americans and to defeat the divisive status-quo.

Braver Angels Goes to Congress

Braver Angels Co-Founder Bill Doherty testifies to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Testimonials

Hear what some fellow Americans had to say after participating in a Braver Angels workshop.

Documentary

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. It was directed by four-time Emmy award-winner Jim Brown, and produced by musician Peter Yarrow.

The documentary shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters moving through a Braver Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy.

You’ll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one—and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country.

It’s a great introduction to Braver Angels and our shared mission of depolarization.


Note: Braver Angels was known as Better Angels until April 2020.

About Our Alliance

The Alliance

Like all Braver Angels Alliances, the Connecticut Alliance is made up of citizens in our alliance area who have participated in a Braver Angels workshop, have become dues-paying members, and want to keep the conversation going and find common ground. All alliances have at least one red co-chair and one blue co-chair and prioritize having no more than a 60/40 split in red and blue membership, especially among alliance leadership. Many alliances, like ours, include members who see themselves as true independents who do not lean red or blue.

Alliance Members

Over 700 state residents who have attended a national or local Braver Angels event or expressed interest in the work of Braver Angels are on our mailing list. Over 100 of them have already become members.*


Our members participate in and help organize both local and national Braver Angels events and activities.


*If you join Braver Angels (for as little as $12/year) and live in the state, you’ll automatically become a member of the local alliance. Apart from supporting a great organization, members enjoy benefits like free eLearning Courses, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Leadership

State Co-Coordinators: Al Smith and Chris Clouet


Additional Steering Committee Members: Craig Diamond, Esther Bauman, Gary Holland, John Zadrozny, Nick Malino, Vee Cangiano


Past Committee Members: Jim Miller, Nick Banas