Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Bridging the Divide
During a recent call organized by COIN (Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network), Jamie McLeod-Skinner gave an inspired presentation on how we Oregonians can work to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats in our state. After losing her primary bid for Secretary of State last spring, she began working with rural candidates for the state House and Senate, and in the process started mapping out what we can do to find common ground.
Jamie shared her insights into how we can reach out to others who don’t share our views. With bracing conviction and practical tips, she made it clear that the work begins with each of us individually—identifying our biases, emotional triggers, and stereotypes. Facing them honestly is the first step. Then, we need to learn to communicate in a way that involves both listening and mindfully avoiding the trigger words of others. The goal is to find a single point on which everyone can agree.
Jamie is developing a tool box that she will share with groups, candidates, and campaign workers in the coming months. In the meantime, she recommends being prepared for a long haul. This isn’t a project that will be completed quickly or within a single election cycle.
Keep your eyes on Jamie’s work on her website and Facebook page.
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“The best leaders trust their followers with the truth, and you know what happens as a result? Their followers trust them back.” - George Schultz, former secretary of state, now 100, in a WaPo OpEd.
“America under Trump became less free, less equal, more divided, more alone, deeper in debt, swampier, dirtier, meaner, sicker, and deader. It also became more delusional.” - George Packer, A Political Obituary for Donald Trump, in The Atlantic.