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The Truth and Democracy Coalition was formed to build a pro-democracy movement in America. We educate the public about disinformation, teach people to be critical of the propaganda they consume, and provide critical analyses of current events and social issues. We produce media and educational materials, hold seminars and meetings, work with other organizations, and organize events and activities geared toward building a pro-democracy movement in America. The Coalition seeks to build communities of people of different faiths and ideologies to defend and promote democracy locally, nationally, and globally.

Truth and Democracy Podcast Rich Procida

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The Truth and Democracy Coalition was formed to build a pro-democracy movement in America. We educate the public about disinformation, teach people to be critical of the propaganda they consume, and provide critical analyses of current events and social issues. We produce media and educational materials, hold seminars and meetings, work with other organizations, and organize events and activities geared toward building a pro-democracy movement in America. The Coalition seeks to build communities of people of different faiths and ideologies to defend and promote democracy locally, nationally, and globally.

    The CRT Debate, Part 1

    The CRT Debate, Part 1

    What is the debate over Critical Race Theory really about? In the first eight minutes, Rich Procida critically examines bad propaganda often associated with Anti-racism. Debbie Sue addresses her concerns about Critical Race Theory. A listener then argues for Critical Race Theory and Anti-Racist teachings. 

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    Moving Past Political Rancor with Braver Angels, Part 2

    Moving Past Political Rancor with Braver Angels, Part 2

    Do you feel moved to help bring down the temperature of politics in our country? Here’s your chance!
    Please join us for an introduction to Braver Angels.
    Braver Angels is about depolarizing American politics with grassroots organizing. The foundation of all of our activities is patriotic empathy: the idea that our love for our country is shown by our concern for our fellow citizens.
    Our approach is guided by the Braver Angels Approach:As individuals, we try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it. In our communities, we engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together. In politics, we support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.
    Local Braver Angels leaders Mary Thomas-Vallens and Susan Rico will present the BA mission, approach, workshop offerings/events, and how to get involved. Mary will also conduct a brief workshop exercise for those who wish to participate. This will be one example of what you can expect at a Braver Angels event.
    In part 1, we learned about the Four Horsemen of Polarization" and reflected upon our "inner polarizer." In Part two, we learn how to deal with our inner polarizers and learn skills for reaching across political lines. 

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    Moving Past Political Rancor, Part 1

    Moving Past Political Rancor, Part 1

    Do you feel moved to help bring down the temperature of politics in our country? Here’s your chance!Please join us for an introduction to Braver Angels.Braver Angels is about depolarizing American politics with grassroots organizing. The foundation of all of our activities is patriotic empathy: the idea that our love for our country is shown by our concern for our fellow citizens.Our approach is guided by the Braver Angels Approach:As individuals, we try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it. In our communities, we engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together. In politics, we support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.Local Braver Angels leaders Mary Thomas-Vallens and Susan Rico will present the BA mission, approach, workshop offerings/events, and how to get involved. Mary will also conduct a brief workshop exercise for those who wish to participate. This will be one example of what you can expect at a Braver Angels event. 
    In Part 1, we learn about the "Four Horsemen of Polarization" and reflect upon our "inner polarizers." 

    • 29 min
    Defending Democracy Locally, Nationally, and Globally

    Defending Democracy Locally, Nationally, and Globally

    The show addresses threats to democracy locally and in statehouses, nationally, and around the world. It includes the final part of our discussion with Stephanie Vallejo of the Friendly Hills Neighborhood Organization and Whittier Term Limits. 

    • 27 min
    Whittier Term Limits: The Solution

    Whittier Term Limits: The Solution

    This is part two of our discussion with local community activist Stephanie Vallejo of the Friendly Hills Neighborhood Organization tells us why she thinks term limits for City Council Members are part of the solution. 

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    Whittier Term Limits: The Problem

    Whittier Term Limits: The Problem

    Democracy is under attack in the United States and around the world. In America, the struggle for democracy has moved to the States. Laws making it more difficult to vote and allowing partisan officials to overturn election results have been proposed in statehouses across the nation. These types of voter suppression are not limited to state governments. Local governments also seek to suppress the vote in order to hold onto power. In my hometown of Whittier, California, City Council members chose the time and processes of elections for the city office so that fewer citizens vote. This allows them to control the outcome of the election. Stephanie Vallejo is the leader of the Friendly Hills Neighborhood Organization, a group advocating for term limits for the Whittier City Council. She accuses Council Members of unethical behavior and says that the city government lacks transparency. Stephanie alleges that some city leaders are not following Fair Political Practices Commission regulations regarding political records and are allowing unfettered lobbying by the construction industry leading to gentrification. In recent years, the City Council moved city elections to a more expensive off-cycle election day, meaning the election is not on the regular election day. Instead, it will be on another day forcing people to come out to vote just to vote in the City election with fewer voting polls. This reduces turnout because it requires people to come out to vote on a different day other than the regular election. Many of the same Council Members have been on the Council for over 18 years and many community activists complain that the Council is unresponsive to the demands of the community. Join the Truth and Democracy Coalition as it lifts up this local activist and organizes locally to promote, defend, and protect democracy. This is the first part of her speech she describes the all-too-cozy relationship between city council members and developers. 

    • 29 min