Volume 8 | November 2021
Best and Worst
Political campaigns have a tendency to bring out the best and the worst in us.

In the last month or two I've watched the intensity of social media posts from people I respect, on all sides of the aisle, go up, while their own bar of what's acceptable rhetoric gets lower and lower.

For some, they legitimately believe that getting voters to see their way of thinking is a matter of life or death, so they operate from a place of fear. The idea of "other side" getting their way is threatening enough to bring out their worst instincts.

Fear, as you'll learn if you spend enough time around professional communicators, is a wildly motivating factor. Which is why fear-based messages are constructed to scare voters off their chairs and to the polls.

I get it. I'm afraid too.

I'm afraid that the division that's being created is doing way more harm than the results of one vote will ever be.

I'm afraid that the social media bombs being thrown will irreparably harm relationships and widen the gulf that used to come back together in the "off season." (Although never having campaign down time is still an issue that's not helping.)

I am scared out of my mind that outright lying and deliberate spreading of misinformation has become an almost mainstream part of campaigning -- up and down the ballot. And the thing that really gets me: that so many people aren't embarrassed to be caught in a lie. What is that about????

I'm scared. And I'm motivated. But not in the way they want me to be.

I'm encouraged at the number of people who have communicated to me, publicly and privately, that they're scared too, and want to help fix it.

2022 is going to be a big election year, with plenty of fear tactics. Majority in the Middle will continue to elevate the voices of experts, give you a place to gather outside of the back-and-forth, and work on ways to bring a little more civility and a little less partisanship to our politics.

So tomorrow I'll be voting, then going right back to work.

Join me?

Shannon Watson
Executive Director
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We Need Leaders Like YOU!

Majority in the Middle will be adding up to five new members to our Board of Directors for terms starting in January 2022.

Our current board will review applications as they come in and conduct interviews in November, with a vote at their meeting in December. As we try to be thoughtful about representation as it applies to diversity of thought, culture, personal identity, lived experience, and political perspective, we will be attempting to create a slate that reflects as much diversity as possible.

Answers to FAQ's:
  • Majority in the Middle is a 501(c)3
  • Board terms are for three years, with up to three terms total
  • Board meetings are currently the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00pm. The board is only required to meet quarterly, so that frequency may change.
  • The Board meets via Zoom until further notice; if/before that changes we'll make sure that the meeting times work with travel time, and may adjust the schedule as necessary.

If you or someone you know is interested in our mission and serving on the board, please fill out this application form as soon as possible.

If you need more information, feel free to check out the website, or connect with Shannon or any of our current board members.
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eMerging Ideas events will be back in 2022, but now we want to hear from you!

We hosted our last eMerging Ideas event for the year in October, and we're planning for the second series that will kick off in January.
We want to hear from YOU, so we're bringing back our Civic Culture Conversations.

We start with a quick overview of Majority in the Middle, where we've been and where we're going, and then we encourage discussion from the attendees. The November 5 meeting is specifically targeted to lobbyists, but choose the one that works best for you. Click on the link to register and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you.

LOBBYIST Specific Conversation - Friday, November 5 - noon-1:00 PM

Civic Culture Conversation - Monday, November 8 - 5:00-6:00 PM

Civic Culture Conversation - Tuesday, November 23 - 4:00-5:00 PM
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