The Institute for American Values, founded in 1987, is a private, nonpartisan organization that contributes intellectually to healthy civil discourse in the US. Now going by Braver Angels, this organization seeks to depolarize American politics. Our work is rooted in grassroots organizing. From the grassroots however, our volunteer leaders (supported by a small staff) leverage Braver Angels programs and unique organizing structure to impact community life and American institutions. Specifically, our efforts are focused on: Grassroots Academia Media Politics & Government The root of our organizing, however, begins in the transformation of our attitudes towards each other. The foundation of all our activities is what we refer to as patriotic-empathy: the idea that our love for our country is shown by our concern for our fellow citizens.
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