An NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation breakfast:
Why is America so divided (and what can we do about it)? A conversation with award-winning filmmakers and founders of the Coffee Party, Annabel Park and Eric Byler
Annabel Park and Eric Byler are filmmakers known for innovative ways in which they have combined emerging social media tools with grassroots organizing. They are founders of Coffee Party USA, a grassroots democracy movement which emerged in the early 2010 as a fact-based, civil alternative to the Tea Party with over 500,000 people in their network. They also co-directed the critically acclaimed documentary feature film about America’s culture war over immigration policy, 9500 Liberty.
Their new documentary web series (soon to be developed into a feature film), Story of America: A Nation Divided, examines the ways in which America has become divided as a country, investigates the causes and invites the audience to share their stories about America and engage in a dialogue about how we can become more united.
According to Park and Byler, America’s growing national divide jeopardizes the country’s future. The polarization is making Washington dysfunctional and our lives more difficult because our government is paralyzed by gridlock. In their work, they ask: How do we break this gridlock and become more united as a country?
Please join us as Annabel and Eric share some of their work, their experiences as filmmakers/organizers and their ideas for how we fact America’s divide and lead the country towards greater unity.
When: Friday, February 8 – Coffee and breakfast fare will be available at 7:45 a.m.
Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s Streets).
Cost: $5 – includes breakfast.
Space is limited – pre-registration required.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.