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Can Dinner Heal a Divided Country?

Make America Dinner Again wants to bring the country back together, one dinner at a time

Posted by Freethink on Monday, July 3, 2017
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What's a MADA?

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.

Host Your Own Dinner

Host Your Own Dinner

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. Download 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.

Host Your Own Dinner

About the Creators

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. If you'd like to explore a partnership with MADA or are a member of the media, Justine would love to hear from you!

Tria serves as Head of Engagement, training and supporting those who would like to be hosts of their own MADA dinners. Interested in learning more about hosting? Don't hesitate to email Tria at

Tom Speaker heads our NY chapter and helps coordinate MADA's partnerships, social media, and community engagement. 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.

Justine and Tria

Create Your Own Dinner

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“I really enjoyed the conversation and company... I’m a firm believer in the adage that there's no action too small that it can't make a difference. People talking to each other rather than at each other, and listening not yelling, is worth a lot.”

Joe W.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and would love to attend a future dinner.”



“We focused on how we might better understand each other and get along. Even those who said they’d never change were positively affected by hearing other viewpoints.”

Walter S.


“Love, love, love the concept.”

Rachel W.


“It was thought provoking, insightful, and truly remarkable to see such vastly different perspectives come together to support a better way.”

Min M.


“Everyone was engaged and seemed to leave feeling like bridges had been built and insights gained.”

Jan C.


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