Bi-Partisan Workshop Held to Overcome Division in Charlotte

Conversation between Democrats and Republicans held ahead of midterm elections.

Bi-Partisan Workshop Held to Overcome Division in Charlotte
Bipartisan meeting held ahead of midterm elections

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Democrats and Republicans came together to talk through tough issues for an afternoon in Charlotte.

Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt was involved in the bi-partisan event organized through Better Angels.

Better Angels is a citizen movement working to help Americans "break through the acrimony and distrust to find ways to talk with each other.”

Representatives from the Muslim, Jewish, African-American, LGBT, service members and both Democrats and Republicans were present at the event and encouraged to talk together about divisive issues in the community.

The event was held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

One exercise they did, The Bowl, involved Democrats and Republicans splitting into two groups and discussing hot-button questions.

One side would take the floor to discuss their perspective while the other side just listened, then the groups would flip.

Observers at the event could listen to both sides and watch different activities throughout the day.

With the upcoming midterm elections, most notably between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready for the 9th Congressional District, participants at the event felt it increasingly important to understand different points of view.

Better Angels is working to depolarize America through conversations between people with differing points of view.

Eiselt says she hopes that more events like this happen in Charlotte.

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