a bipartisan citizens movement working to unify our divided nation


Photo by Steve Morgan

Working together in Portland and SW Washington to depolarize our country.

About Us

Our Motivation


 The United States is disuniting. The last presidential  election only made clear what many have feared – that we’re becoming two  Americas, each angry with the other, and neither trusting the other’s  basic humanity and good intentions. Today Americans increasingly view  their political opponents not only as misguided, but also as bad people  whose ways of thinking are both dangerous and incomprehensible. This  degree of civic rancor threatens our democracy. 

Our Work


Launched in 2016,  Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify our divided  nation.  By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working  alliance, we’re building new ways to talk to one another, participate  together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation. 


To be on our email list and keep informed, email Oregon State Coordinator Nancy Matela at nmatela@better-angels.org

Our Name


We draw our name from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address.  With the nation on the brink of civil war, he implored us to act from 'the better angels of our nature.'  We believe the time is upon us to answer Lincoln's call once again.