For the One America Movement, getting proximate means working alongside others to solve pressing challenges in our communities. It means experiencing religious traditions and cultures that aren’t yours and building trust and relationships with communities that are different from yours. As a non-profit, it means listening to faith leaders tell us what they’re facing in their communities and then designing resources and projects to fit those needs, rather than us coming to them with all the “answers” in a box.
Andrew Hanauer is the President and CEO of the One America Movement, an organization founded by faith and community leaders to fight toxic polarization in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Under Andrew’s leadership, One America has launched projects that bring Americans together across divides to address race relations, opioids, poverty, and religious differences across the country. In addition to running projects that unite Americans across divides, the One America Movement trains religious leaders on the dynamics of polarization and division.
Under Andrew’s leadership, the One America Movement has built a board and leadership team that spans the political, racial, and religious spectrum. These include senior leaders from national Muslim, Jewish, and Evangelical Christian institutions, such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Wheaton College, Repair the World, American Jewish World Service, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Cato Institute, Black Lives Matter, the George W. Bush Administration, Silicon Valley, and more.
Andrew is a frequent public speaker at houses of worship of all kinds and has spoken at the United Nations, the National Press Club, and Congressional briefings. His work has been published or featured by USA Today, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Salon, The Times of Israel, Voice of America, the Christian Citizen, and media outlets across the US and abroad.
The popular series Harry Potter has a lot to teach us about toxic polarization and what it means to be an in-group moderate. Neville Longbottom is an understated hero for those who long to stand up even when it’s hard.
As the One America Movement celebrates a milestone birthday, CEO Andrew Hanauer reflects on the pivotal moments of the organization’s fight against toxic polarization in America.
We change the world by how we act in the world. How we are, how we live, how we serve. None of us live up to those ideals all the time. I sure don’t. I don’t need enemies – I am my own worst enemy most of the time. The truth is that Toxic Polarization feeds on our behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. We could end it tomorrow if we chose to.
Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work—together—on the challenges facing our communities and our country. There’s so much to do. If we’re going to talk about it, let’s talk in a way that moves us toward getting to work.