The Tea Party and MoveOn: Finding Common Ground?
A Challenges to Democracy Conversation with:
Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn.org, MomsRising.org, and LivingRoomConversations.org
Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance, Co-Founder and former National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship (Moderator)
There are some who argue that the gridlock and partisanship affecting Washington is simply a reflection of the polarizing discourse and growing divide within the American public. Can we engage in more civil conversations and find common ground between the political left and right in the US? Two great American leaders representing the left and the right, Joan Blades, co-founder of Momsrising.org and Moveon.org, and Mark Meckler, co-founder of Citizens for Self Governance and Tea Party Patriots, have come together to promote and encourage a safe format to build trust, appreciation for other views, and relationships.
Moderated by Archon Fung, the conversation between Blades and Meckler will cover the root problems of democratic dysfunction and possible paths forward on policy issues where there is potential for left-right common ground. Ultimately, how do increase the capacity of the American democratic process and give people greater voice in our political system?
This event is part of the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation's Challenges to Democracy series, a public dialogue on the threats facing democracy in the United States. Visit ash.harvard.edu to find more information, sign up for updates and invitations to future events, read notable ideas from past events, dig deeper into the greatest threats and most promising solutions, and offer your own comments and contributions.