Winter Issue: Building Bridges
Our Winter issue on Building Bridges struck a chord with some readers who were looking for inspiration to find healing and connection in our polarized society.
Tom Tomaka from Atlanta, Georgia, found Amanda Abrams’ article “Yes, You Can Change Someone’s Mind” to be particularly timely. “Great article,” he wrote on Facebook. “And very important as we ponder the possibility of Trump winning reelection with the help of the Electoral College. The vote could be that close. As daunting as it might sound, we should remind ourselves that we don’t necessarily need to completely change the minds of Trump supporters. His reelection is conditioned upon a massive turnout of these supporters, as they did in 2016. Our encounters with them only need to crack open the door to rational thought and true empathy. If we soften, not change, their views of immigration, abortion, guns, et cetera, we just might prompt enough of them to stand down at the polls.”
Julee Clear from Sugar Land, Texas, was moved by our feature on “Deradicalization in the Deep South.” She wrote to us on Facebook to share her thoughts: “Incredible woman, and incredible article by DJ Cashmere. Shannon Martinez is a shero and a wounded healer, who has healed herself and now helping heal others. I hope she is getting the emotional support she needs since she is supporting so many. What an inspiring way to begin my day.”
A New YES! Community
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