One America Voices: Samantha Owens

Samantha Owens Washington, D.C. Trainer, Over Zero 1. You work at Over Zero, an organization that works to reduce and prevent identity-based violence. Can you tell us about your role there? A: Happily! I am the Trainer at Over Zero, which entails everything from building partnerships to delivering in-person trainings. As an organization, we focus... Continue Reading →


QAnon, Polarization and the Path Forward

By Andrew Hanauer The Q Anon phenomenon is scary. (To summarize – it’s a conspiracy theory that holds that President Trump is battling “the deep state” (including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood) which is trying to plot a coup and that the Robert Mueller investigation is actually being engineered by President Trump to secretly investigate... Continue Reading →

One America Voices: Melissa Balaban

Melissa Balaban Los Angeles, California Executive Director, Ikar 1. You are the co-founder and Executive Director of Ikar. Tell us about that. A: When I was part of founding IKAR in 2004, our goal was to help reclaim the vitality and relevance of Jewish religious practice and reimagine the contours of what a Jewish community could look like. ... Continue Reading →

Utah’s First Iftar Shabbat

“The only reason I didn’t call the media,” the Rabbi told me as we stood at the back of the synagogue, waiting for the first ever Iftar at a synagogue in Utah state history. “Is that I was afraid they’d cover the event but nobody would show up.” They showed up. They showed up and... Continue Reading →

One America Voices: Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper Washington, D.C. Director of National Security Outreach at Human Rights First, and Founder of Veterans for American Ideals In addition to his work on national security and refugee issues, Scott is the board chair of the One America Movement. We are grateful for his leadership.  1. You are the Director of National Security Outreach and the... Continue Reading →

“One America” Means Puerto Rico Too

By Andrew Hanauer Puerto Rico’s people are American citizens. Geography, language and cultural differences don't change that simple fact. To put it simply, there is no “One America” without Puerto Rico. That is the central takeaway from my recent visit to San Juan, and it’s why the One America Movement is organizing a project that... Continue Reading →

One America Voices: Dr. Edwin Chapman

Dr. Edwin Chapman Washington, D.C. Medical Director, Medical Homes Development Group 1. You head the Medical Home Development Group in Washington D.C. and are on the front lines fighting the opioid epidemic. Tell us about that.  A. I have practiced medicine in Washington, DC for the past 40 years after completing undergraduate training, medical school,... Continue Reading →

One America Voices: Joel Rainey

Joel Rainey Shepherdstown, West Virginia Lead Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church Pastor Rainey is a member of One America's Leadership Circle and a leader in One America West Virginia, a coalition working across religious, racial, political and geographic divides to combat the opioid epidemic. 1. Your previous work as a missionary took you to 5 different... Continue Reading →

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