A fresh, provocative, even humorous study of political identity, Bring It to The Table features Americans from all walks of life sharing their beliefs and values about the hot-button topics of today. In this time of increasing hyperpartisanship, insults, and gridlock, Bring It to The Table offers an antidote to negativity and a hopeful way to move our democracy forward.
Before the last presidential election, filmmaker Julie Winokur's 17-year-son called her the most politically intolerant person he knew. He told her that if the 'other side,' had a good idea, she wouldn't know because she hadn't been listening. His claim inspired her to travel across the country with a small folding table and invite Americans from all walks of life to sit down to discuss the roots of their political beliefs. What started as a journey of redemption turned into a campaign to reclaim civil discourse in America. At the core of this effort is a rallying cry for every citizen to take ownership of his/her biases and to recognize their personal responsibility in either dividing or healing the nation.
Bring It to The Table is an entertaining call to action that is now being deployed on college campuses and in communities across the country. The project launches participants into the uncharted territory of authentic dialogue. It tackles topics, like racism, economic inequality, gun control, and climate change, that typically trigger hot tempers, knee-jerk responses, and bumper sticker slogans. Bring It mines for the personal experiences that inform our convictions and encourages an outlook focused on issues and solutions.
Bring It conversations don't devolve into sparring matches, but rather are intentional opportunities to understand someone else's point of view. They are subversive in their demand that each participant cut the rhetoric and stop relying on third-hand information as though it gives license to authority. The result is a transformative, positive approach to political dialogue and personal revelations about our own beliefs and predispositions.
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