Leesburg’s Diversity Commission Plans ‘Polarization’ Workshop

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

On Saturday, May 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., 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 offers tips 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 workshop is free, but registration is required. Each workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information or to register, go to eventbrite.com/e/conservative-liberal-learn-how-to-talk-with-the-other-side-tickets-59728131449.  The deadline to register is noon on Friday, May 3.

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