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The American Square

An online social network launched by NCDD organizational member AmericaSpeaks, The American Square is rooted in the belief that our country needs to engage in vigorous, honest, and civil political debate to address the enormous challenges we face. Sign up to participate at www.theamericansquare.org.

During AmericaSpeaks’ Our Budget, Our Economy initiative last summer, thousands of participants told the evaluation research team that they deeply appreciated the opportunity to hear from and engage with people who thought differently from themselves. Now, The American Square is launching as an online pilot space for people to continue these conversations on fiscal issues.

Here is a bit more detail from the site:

The American Square is a new community site devoted to enabling respectful, multi-partisan conversation about policy and politics.

We are passionate moderates, progressives, conservatives, liberals, libertarians, and nonpartisans. We are proud Independents, Republicans, and Democrats. But first and foremost, we are Americans.

We reject hyper-partisanship and polarization. The enormous challenges we face can only be addressed through vigorous, honest, civil political debate.

We are building an online community that brings ordinary citizens together with leading thinkers to engage in civil, evidence-based policy discussion. Here, Americans of all political, economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds can express their ideas and opinions about government and politics, learn about issues, and find areas of common ground through respectful dialogue.

We will find real solutions to real problems rather than on sound bites, ego, and demonization of those who disagree with us. We will treat compromise not a sign of weakness, but as a prerequisite for progress in a democracy.

The American Square is a project of AmericaSpeaks, a nonprofit that works to engage citizens with government decision-making through democratic processes and deliberation. Learn more at www.AmericaSpeaks.org.

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