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Skills for Bridging the Divide

Option 1: SAT MAY 14, 12:00PM-2:30PM ET (Zoom)
Option 2:
SAT MAY 14, 2:00PM-4:00PM ET (Zoom)

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Join other members of the Connecticut Alliance in learning skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

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Join with other local Alliance members in attending these upcoming workshops.

Depolarizing Within

SAT MAY 14, 2:00-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

Become more aware of your "inner polarizer.” Learn methods for disagreeing without contempt and ridicule.

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Being Red in a Blue Environment

SAT MAY 21, 2:00-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

For “red” participants: Learn safe and effective ways to communicate your conservative values and beliefs in environments where liberal ideas are assumed to be correct.

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Depolarizing Conversations About Race

SAT JUNE 25, 2:00-5:00PM ET (Zoom)

Skills for Difficult (but Necessary) Conversations between White Americans. Join other CT Alliance members in this free online workshop by Braver Angels national.

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More National Events

Other events hosted by Braver Angels and its many local alliances can be found on the national events calendar.

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Local Alliance Events

We organize regular events for members and host national Braver Angels workshops and formats. Many of our members also attend national events together.

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The CT Alliance

Braver Angels Alliances are local groups of people who have participated in a Braver Angels workshop, have become dues-paying members, and want to keep the conversation going and find common ground. 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. There can also be members who see themselves as true independents who do not lean red or blue.

Members of the Braver Angels Connecticut Alliance participate in and contribute to national Braver Angels activities and also organize local activities for citizens of Connecticut and beyond. Braver Angels events are free and most are open to non-members as well.*

*If you join Braver Angels (for as little as $12/year) and live in Connecticut, 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.

Who We Are

Our mailing list includes over 500 people from the state who have attended national or local Braver Angels events or expressed interest in the work of Braver Angels, and over 100 have already become members.

Our local Alliance is guided by:

State Co-Coordinators

  • Al Smith

  • Chris Clouet

Additional Steering Committee Members

Esther Bauman, Gary Holland, Jim Miller, John Zadrozny, Nick Banas, Nick Malino, Vee Cangiano

Our Story

Launched in 2016, Braver Angels is a national citizens’ movement bringing liberals, conservatives and others together at the grassroots level — not to find centrist compromise, but to find one another as citizens. Through workshops, debates, and campus engagement, Braver Angels is helping Americans understand each other beyond stereotypes, form community alliances, and reduce the vitriol that poisons our civic culture.



A house divided: Have we gone too far?

Learn more from Braver Angels Connecticut State Co-Coordinators Al Smith and Chris Clouet about what the Connecticut Alliance is doing to build a house united.

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

In surveys of those who've attended our Skills for Bridging the Divide workshop: 86% feel they can set a constructive tone when starting conversations with those of the other political side; 88% feel confident in expressing views so the other side can hear them; and 94% believe they can listen so those on the other side feel heard.


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We’ve selected some great resources and events to help orient you to Braver Angels and its many free workshops, skills trainings, debates, podcasts, and more.

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Help us build a house united by making a one-time donation to support the efforts of the Connecticut Alliance. We welcome donations from members and non-members alike (if you're not a member and would like to join, see "Join Us").

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Join Us

You can join Braver Angels for as low as $12/year. For those in Connecticut, joining Braver Angels automatically makes you a member of the local alliance. Enjoy benefits like free eLearning Courses, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more.

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If you're a Braver Angels member, you can start volunteering with the Connecticut Alliance. Whether it’s organizing an event or helping get the word out, your help is needed to bring red, blues, and others together to talk, listen, and understand. Let us know how you'd like to help!

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Become a Leader

If you're a Braver Angels member, you can also apply for our free training programs to learn how to be a workshop Moderator, Organizer, or Zoom Event Manager, a member of the Debate Team, or a Braver Angels Ambassador.

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Subscribe to the Braver Angels Connecticut email list to get updates on news and upcoming activities, as well as workshops, skills trainings, and debates sponsored by Braver Angels national and other state alliances.