A series of six Assemblies held between 1999 and 2002 that focused on finding "common ground" on some of the more divisive issues in American life, from racial equality to religion to family structure.
The series included The Economy: Sustaining Growth with Opportunity (1999), Matters of Faith: Religion in American Public Life (2000), Strengthening American Families: Reweaving the Social Tapestry (2000), Racial Equality: Public Policies for the Twenty-first Century (2001), and Collaborating to Make Democracy Work (2001). In 2002, the project published Building a More United America, which sought to move the dialogue on these issues into a wide range of communities around the country.
In 2001 "Collaborating to Make Democracy Work," part of the "Uniting America" series, cited collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors as advantageous if tangible policy goals are set with proper research to back them up. Participants looked to business leaders to take the lead in engaging community issues and asked for government to create incentives in support of intersectoral collaboration.Participants varied from executives from Coca-Cola, MTV, the J.
The Uniting America project fostered dialogue on some of the most challenging issues in American life, from religion, to race, to economic justice, to the changing composition of the family. In the course of six Assemblies convened over four years, participants worked to find common ground on these issues and common strategies for strengthening the democratic processes that allow us to work through them. Collectively, the Uniting America events brought together some 300 scholars, practitioners, business leaders, and policymakers. Building a More United America is a call for a National Dialogue on the critical issues taken up in the previous five Assemblies.
This 2001 Uniting America Assembly addressed the persistent challenge of racial inequality in American society. Participants concluded that racial equality is contingent on wider progress in reforming the criminal justice system and increasing economic opportunity for all Americans.
The second Assembly in the Uniting America series, convened in March 2000. The participants discussed how we can--and why we should--hear religious voices in the public square, and tried to create a bridge between public life and religion. The group reaffirmed its committment to the inalienable right of religious freedom based upon the worth and dignity of each human being, and articulated a call for all citizens with religious convictions to engage in civic life.
This 2001 report from the Uniting America series, "Collaborating to Make Democracy Work," emphasized the role of collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in addressing problems of accountability and good governance. Participants called for a reinvigoration, in particular, of the role of business leaders as partners in addressing challenges at the community level
Drawing on the 2001 Uniting America Assembly on racial equality, this report argues that racial equality is contingent on wider progress in reforming criminal justice and increasing economic opportunity for all Americans.