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Michiganders for Civic Resilience aim to bridge political divide

Michiganders for Civic Resilience

Michiganders for Civic Resilience, a community-driven initiative working to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats, held their launch event today

“It is possible for Democrats and Republicans to work together.”

Michiganders for Civic Resilience is a grassroots effort lead by two women with competing political philosophies, but still believe common ground can be found among their parties.

“That’s truth in politics, it’s peaceful conflict resolution and trust in our elections.”

Former Michigan House Leader Christine Greig leads the democratic side of MCR. Her co-founder is Former Republican Michigan Senate President Pro Tempore Tonya Schuitmaker.

“Let’s give people the tools to listen and come together in this very important cause to reduce polarization.”

The event featured speakers from both sides of the political aisle sharing ideas on ways to bridge the ever-widening political divide. The initiative is supported by The Carter Center and the Ford Presidential Foundation.

“Two political rivals but in the end of their lives, they actually became very good friends and so, while they might not have agreed on how to deal with every issue, I think the teachings and the friendship that was formed by each of them can really be an example for all Americans.”

“Most Americans share these core values, and we just need to talk about those more.”

You can learn more about MCR online by visiting MiCivic.org.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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