It is no secret that the results of the 2016 election have highlighted great divides in opinion, whether between family, neighbors, or perfect strangers. In an attempt to build understanding and move forward together, we'd like to invite people to sit down and have dinner. There are many avenues to protest, to donate, to fight, to be heard; Make America Dinner Again is an avenue to listen.
These small dinners consist of respectful conversation, guided activities, and delicious food shared among 6-10 guests who have differing political viewpoints, and our country's best interests at heart.
The first MADA event took three months of planning and plenty of trial and error. Organizers Justine and Tria put together a step-by-step guide to make hosting your own MADA event easy as pie. View the guide here.
They’ve also put together a “host kit”, containing the logo in various formats, and printable items like letterhead to use for menus, icebreaker activities, and cards with inspiring quotes to place around the dinner table. Download host kit here.
Thanks to the GoFundMe campaign, MADA is able to reimburse costs for a limited number of dinners. If you'd like a helping hand covering costs for your MADA event, apply here. We'd love to hear from you!
Justine and Tria are two Americans who felt disheartened by the often polarizing and vilifying language during and after the 2016 election. Make America Dinner Again (MADA) is their way of building empathy in their community, one conversation at a time.
Justine serves as Head of Partnerships, developing relationships with like-missioned organizations and working with the media to tell our story.
Tria serves as Head of Engagement, training and supporting those who would like to be hosts of their own MADA dinners.
J.T. Trollman is our left-hand man in the Bay Area – he created our website, documents our dinners, and provides support for local events.
Jessica Baen is a native New Yorker and conflict resolution specialist with expertise in facilitation and cross-cultural communication. She serves as a facilitator for our New York dinners.
To those who have supported us with their time, money, ideas, and encouragement: we wouldn’t be where we are without you! Special thanks goes out to:
Understanding can't be built alone. Here are the partners and sponsors already working with us to break bread and barriers: