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Escape Your Bubble: Support Republican Women for Progress

Escape your bubble by checking out and supporting Republican Women for Progress (RWFP).

RWFP is the successor organization to Republican Women for Hillary. Founded in May 2016 by Jennifer Pierotti Lim (who spoke on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention) and Meghan Milloy. It proves that liberal Republicans aren’t dead, and it’s devoted to supporting Republican women who share its decidedly unTrumpy, markedly saner vision for the party of Lincoln.

Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you over the head with this: RWFP is the creation of Republicans. Its founders hold at least some different political beliefs than you do. That means they’ll sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s ok. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what they’re doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything they do. They understand the danger of Trump–that’s the key thing. One of the reasons this country is so borked right now is we’re fiercely polarized and, in avoiding jerks who disagree with us, we end up avoiding decent people who happen to disagree with us. That’s got to stop if we want to make things better.

 

Read assorted articles about the origin and the evolution of RWFP:

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2017/06/republican_women_for_progress_want_to_take_the_gop_back_from_trump.html

https://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/conversations-what-made-two-republican-women-back-hillary-clinton/?_r=1

http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a23128/im-a-republican-voting-for-hillary-clinton/

 

 

Visit the home page:

https://gopwomenforprogress.org

 

 

Follow RWFP on Twitter:

@RWFProgress

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/republicanwomenforprogress/

 

Donate to its Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/communities/rwfp

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Learn from Daryl Davis, A Black Man Who Convinced More Than Two Dozen KKK Members to Leave the Group

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.

 

Learn from Daryl Davis, a black musician who has devoted himself to convincing white supremacists to leave the Ku Klux Klan, with surprising success.

 

In a February 2017 Atlantic magazine article titled ‘Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump’, Conor Friedersdorf spoke with Davis about his approach. The piece contains wisdom that you can apply when speaking to family and friends who voted for Trump, and even in conversations with diehards.

 

To summarize Friedersdorf’s distillation of Davis’s approach:

Before you engage, be as familiar with the other person’s position as you are with your own.

Invite them to a conversation–NOT a debate.

Look for things you and they have in common.

Keep talking, even if you have to break off and resume later in the week, or the month, or the year. Being able to keep a conversation going–however tumultuous–is better than refusing to talk. Silence can lead to violence.

Stay patient.

Make deliberate efforts to escape your bubble.

If you argue, don’t condescend.

Let the other person explain their cause. Don’t explain it for them.

 

You may never get as good at talking to your opponents as Davis is–some klansmen have given him their old uniforms as they abandon their bigoted beliefs. But if you can reach even a few people, and get them to think and engage, that is a victory in and of itself.

 

 

Read ‘Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/every-racist-i-know-voted-for-donald-trump/516420/?utm_source=feed

 

 

Listen to the episodes of the Love + Radio podcasts where Davis talks about his adventures at length:

http://loveandradio.org/2017/02/how-to-argue/

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Purchase and read Davis’s book, Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan (warning: As of April 2017, it’s out of print and pricey):

https://www.amazon.com/Klan-Destine-Relationships-Black-Mans-Odyssey/dp/0882822691

 

 

Visit Davis’s web site:

http://www.daryldavis.com