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Flipping the script

Woman launches national project to foster civil discourse between liberals and conservatives

By WITW Staff on March 14, 2017

In 2012, documentary-filmmaker and self-described liberal Julie Winokur was frustrated by the political landscape in America. (Little did she know of what was to come.) She detested “Republican obstructionism,” according to The Washington Post, and wasn’t particularly interested in hearing any argument coming from the right.

One day, Winokur’s 17-year-old son leveled with his mother, telling her that she was “the most politically intolerant person” he knew.

Realizing that the teen was onto something, Winokur decided to try and fix her own attitude — and alleviate the bitter partisanship that so often plagues American politics while she was at it. She traveled across the country with a little card table, which she used to hold calm, respectful conversations with people from all walks of life. Some of them shared Winokur’s political ideologies, others decidedly did not. She chronicled these conversations in a documentary film titled Bring It to the Table.

Since the 2016 election, Winokur has been getting invitations to speak at college campuses across the country. She brings her card table, and teaches students to engage in non-confrontational discourse. Honest conversation, she told the Post, is the “citizens’ antidote to politicians.”

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Read the full story at The Washington Post.