How Does Your Community Debate Controversial Issues?

Dec 18, 2018
Originally published on October 21, 2019 3:13 pm

Updated Oct. 21, 2019

As a new Congress prepares to convene in a deeply polarized capital, many Americans are worried that divisiveness is becoming a national contagion.

On social media, as well as in real life, the will to listen to the other side appears to be lost. There's a lot of talk about civility — and incivility — and who gets to define what those words actually mean.

So we want to know: how is all of this playing out where you live?

We're looking for stories about how people are debating controversial issues in your community: immigration, race relations, policing, workplace disputes, gun control, land use, climate change, etc.

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