ATX Together: Finding Common Ground

Posted on January 13, 2021

ATX Together: Finding Common Ground is now available to stream.
Our country and our community are deeply divided from politics to race. Finding common ground and understanding takes effort. Here are practical ways we can all step outside our own world views and listen to one another with open hearts and minds.

Message from Judy Maggio, host of ATX Together

Judy Maggio

This ATX Together episode, Finding Common Ground, was recorded prior to the heartbreak and horror of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

A mob stormed the very symbol of our democracy and attempted to disrupt a cherished tradition — the peaceful transfer of power and the outcome of a free and fair election.

Distrust and demonization sparked the flames of discontent that led to this dark moment in our history. Though we are a divided nation, vigilante violence is not how we settle our differences in a democracy.

This episode focuses on finding shared values and seeing the humanity in others despite our disagreements or disparate viewpoints.

Bridging political divides is difficult work, but we hope this program can play a small role in giving us all more tools to help mend our torn country.


Organizations of the guests who appeared on this episode:

Citizen Discourse
Citizen Discourse: Organization founded by ATX Together panelist Karen Gross
Compassion 2020: Compassion contract

Braver Angels
Braver Angels - Central Texas Chapter: Organization discussed by ATX Together panelist Steve Saltwick
Braver Angels - National:

Interfaith Action of Central Texas
Interfaith Action of Central Texas: Organization headed by ATX Together panelist Simone Talma Flowers


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Topic: The Social Contract
Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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Eight sessions: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST
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