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Learn How to Talk Across the Political Divide in “Beyond Polarization” Communication Skills Workshops

Leesburg Diversity Commission and Better Angels partnering to teach skills for communicating with people who hold different political views.

Post Date:04/11/2019 9:22 AM

Leesburg, VA (April 11, 2019) – On Saturday, May 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Leesburg Diversity Commission is hosting two communication skills workshops, in partnership with Better Angels. The two separate workshops – one for liberals and one for conservatives – will be held concurrently in the lower level of Town Hall.

According to Mel Pine, Better Angels Coordinator, “We live in possibly the most divisive time in the United States since the decade leading up to the Civil War. Conversations across political lines have become treacherous, with many people avoiding political topics altogether. Some family members have stopped talking to each other completely.”

The Better Angels Skills Workshop program teaches skills for communicating effectively and respectfully with friends, coworkers, loved ones, and others who strongly disagree with you. Participants will practice ways to clarify differences and search for common ground without igniting open hostilities. 

Participation in the workshops is free, but registration is required. Each workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information or to register, visit  Deadline to register is noon on Friday, May 3.  

About Better Angels: Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization. More information, visit

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Betsy Arnett
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