A country facing deep divisions
America Talks was the first nation-wide My Country Talks event in the USA. The event took place on June 12 and 13, 2021, kicking off the National Week of Conversation. My Country Talks partnered with USA Today and the USA Today Network to organise America Talks, along with several other media and civil society groups.
Nearly 6,000 participants signed up for the event. By answering Yes/No questions on controversial issues such as whether gun control regulations should be more strict,
whether a 15 dollar nation-wide minimum wage should be implemented, and whether it’s a good idea to fully legalize marijuana.
“America needs to talk, and we need to listen to those unlike ourselves. The way we’re demonizing each other across differences is a real threat to all Americans, our families, our communities, and our country. America Talks is a chance for us to take a courageous and necessary step toward healing America,” said Pearce Godwin, Listen First Project founder & CEO, and one of the organizers of the event.