a bipartisan citizens movement working to unify our divided nation

Our Programs

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Better Angels - National

Political polarization and extreme partisanship are harming America. Many people and media outlets seem more interested in name-calling than problem solving.  Better Angels is a  nation-wide citizen's movement working to depolarize America by conducting workshops that bring liberals and conservatives together for moderated conversations.  These conversations are for the purpose of understanding each other, not debating or denigrating each other.  You can learn more about Better Angels  at the national website

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Better Angels PDX

The Portland Oregon and Southwest Washington Better Angels is a local chapter of Better Angels.  We hold workshops, debates and public presentations designed to bridge the polarizing political divide we have in this country.  These events allow conservatives and liberals to get past the destructive stereotypes we have of one another so we can have civil conversations about real issues that lead to productive problem-solving.   

In 2018, over 200 people attended one of our events, which included three Red / Blue Workshops, one Skills Workshop, and several public presentations.  See our Events calendar for upcoming workshops.

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Get Involved

Would you like to  get involved in reducing the polarization that is gripping our country and our communities?  There are several ways you can help.  


Join -- become a member for $12 at www.better-angels.org/join


Donate to help fund events


Sign up to get updates from Better Angels PDX by emailing Nancy Matela at nmatela@better-angels.org


Volunteer - add your voice and your energy to help us unify our divided country.  Email Cynthia O'Brien at cynthiaobrienmusic (at) gmail.com.