'This is a wake-up call.' Bi-partisan group says it's time to find common ground

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Posted at 7:17 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 21:26:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — People are taking a hard look at the division in the United States after the riots in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

Braver Angels, a national group that brings together liberals and conservatives, states it is actively trying to "defeat the divisive status-quo."

The Tennessee co-coordinator Lynn Heady said the actions on Capitol Hill are being viewed as a turning point.

"We've been hoping that many things that have gone on in the country would bring this kind of response and they haven't happened," said Lynn Heady. "This, however, feels different. The outpouring of what we have heard from members and nonmembers has been astounding."

Heady said people may be more receptive to unify after seeing the extreme actions of some on Wednesday.

She offered some advice.

"What they can do individually is open up to others that they may have shunned or walked away from in recent history, and begin those conversations, and listen, respect and understand, and let go of the stereotypes," said Heady.

After the Capitol riot, Heady said people were on the same page for the first time in a long time.

"This is an opportune time for us now to come together and do something positive to fight this divide," she said.

At least ten organizations in Nashville regularly host Braver Angels workshops. To learn more about the group's programs visit their website.