Where we explore how people are reshaping small town America and how writing it off as Trump country hurts us all.
Hosted by George Goehl, To See Each Other complicates the narrative about rural Americans in our most misunderstood, and often abandoned, communities. George travels to Michigan, Iowa, New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana to reveal how small town folks are working together in fights for everything from clean water and racial justice to immigration rights and climate change. Our belief: That when we see each other, we’ll understand that we can never give up on each other.
Today we're traveling to Michigan, where we hear how our politics are separating us from our neighbors, from our families, and from our friends — and how listening can bring us back together again.
In Michigan, deep listening animates the immigration work of Michigan United. George visits with Ryan Bates, director of Michigan United, and Caitlin Homrich-Knieling, a native of The Thumb, and the leader of Michigan United’s Hometown Voices program. Caitlin organizes volunteers and staff to go door to door, meeting constituents — many of them older and white — where they’re at, and fostering conversations with radical empathy. Just as Caitlin herself has discovered, deep listening helps us rediscover the dignity of everyone’s experience, and helps us rediscover ourselves, as well.
You can learn more at ToSeeEachOther.org
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