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No Labels G+ Hangout

posted Apr 25, 2013, 7:44 PM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Apr 26, 2013, 4:25 PM ]
Robin (my wife) got interested in No Labels in 2010, the year they started. After a few months she made some small donations, kept passing No Labels posts along to me, and kept telling me she thought I'd like it if I'd check it out. Eventually I did. And she was right (as usual). Now, I use the No Labels California and San Jose groups as a couple of my "outposts" where I occasionally post something political.

No Labels is a political non-profit organization helping Washington "stop fighting, stop fixing." Earlier this year they launched a Problem Solvers group which is now comprised of 63 Republican, Democrat, and Independent members of the House and Senate. These elected officials include conservative Republicans, progressive Democrats, and everything in between. No Labels is not a political party. It is not a "centrist" organization. No Labels is a setting where all flavors of people agree to spend at least some time every month outside of their party "silos" and get to know the other side as persons, rather than just as opponents. 

This Wednesday No Labels held a 30-minute Google+ Hangout hosted by Jonathan Miller (a No Labels leader) along with 4 congressmen and 4 citizens. The congressmen are all Problem Solvers: 2 Democrats (California and Rhode Island) and 2 Republicans (both from Illinois). It was a question/answer format with the 4 members of congress answering questions from the citizens. I was one of the citizens. 

I hope you will check out the No Labels Problem Solvers Hangout. Once there, spend a few minutes watching all or part of the video (my question is second on the agenda), and browse around the site to learn a bit about No Labels. If you like what you see, especially if you like the kind of interaction you see among the congressmen and would like to see more of it in Washington, then consider joining the rest of us at No Labels. The whole agenda is to encourage congress to work constructively together. Believe it or not, there is no other place where this sort of across-the-aisle relationship building and collaboration happens. Expanding No Labels' Problem Solving group is the most effective thing we know to get Washington moving again. And it is already making an impact, as you are probably starting to see in the press.

All the best,

Tim Isbell

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