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From 52 to 48 with love

52to48 pictureI just learned about an amazing project through an email from my friend John Steiner. A blogger and twitterer named Ze Frank is asking Obama supporters (the 52%) to reach out to McCain supporters (the 48%) in a gesture of reconciliation on his blog at www.zefrank.com/from52to48withlove/

Dozens of people from all political leanings have sent in pictures of themselves with touching, pithy, or funny messages for “the 52” or “the 48” or all Americans written on pieces of paper, like the image shown here. Zefrank has posted these pictures in a long blog post called “From 52 to 48 with love.”

On the main page of his blog, I found this text about the project:

i would love to see a group project where obama supporters reached out to the mccain folk (and others) in a gesture of reconciliation…

simple messages.
perhaps it is naive. the differences are real, i know. but we have to repair the damage done from this election cycle somehow…
the fringes (all of them) have been allowed to dominate our conversations for too long. to create a cycle of hate, ill-will and revenge.
it’s a tough and delicate challenge – if you want to try it – send a pic of you with a sign, or a vid, or anything to ze@zefrank.com
maybe it works, maybe not – i know it won’t speak to many : but i think we give it a whirl and decide for ourselves, yes?

Check out the photos at http://from52to48withlove.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Louise says:

    Thanks to everyone who's participated in this project "From 52 to 48 With Love." And thanks to the one who initiated it.

    I am a South African and I am soooo inspired, not just by Obama winning the election. Beacuse, if you think about it, if he were standing on that stage saying the speach he said, without the thosands of people watching him, it would not have been nearly as powerful. What inspires me is the shining eyes I have seen from his supporters and people around the world. What inspires me is the sense of hope and unity ignited within people ad the messages from everyone participating in this project.

    Thank you and I feel honoured to be part of this journey with all of you.

    With Love

    Louise

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