FixUS is a group of Americans united in shared concern over the divided state of our country. We believe that healing these divisions is our highest national priority, and essential to preparing our nation to face the defining challenges of the 21st century. Join us to receive updates and get involved.

About FixUS

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FixUS seeks to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them, and build support for necessary changes. About FixUS.

Introducing FixUS

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Watch our brief video explaining what FixUS is all about. Watch the Video.

Take Action

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There is much you can do to get involved and help this movement. Use our checklist with steps to get started. Take Action.

Roadshow

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The FixUS Nationwide Roadshow & Listening Tour is engaging numerous local audiences around the country and is getting input from Americans on what is causing the growing division and what can be done to fix it. Roadshow.

Resources

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FixUS Library - a resource of published works focused on issues surrounding the divided state of our country, its causes and/or possible solutions. 


FixUS Landscape Review - a resource of existing organizations devoted to improving the state of our democracy in a variety of ways. 

FixUS in the News

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Read articles by and about FixUS. FixUS in the News.

FixUS Vision

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View and share the FixUS Vision.

FixUS Petition

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Sign and share the FixUS Petition to U.S. Presidential Candidates.

FixUS Launch

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Watch the video of our launch event in Washington, DC - Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America's Threat from Within.

Vision

FixUS is a group of Americans united in shared concern over the divided state of our country. We believe that healing these divisions is our highest national priority, and essential to preparing our nation to face the defining challenges of the 21st century. 


The American experiment is among the most remarkable and improbable achievements in human history. Yet today that experiment may be at risk. Our political leaders are neither willing nor able to achieve compromise on a range of pressing issues. Washington is focused on short-term fixes instead of long-term solutions, and both parties put partisanship over progress. Incivility has come to rule our political discourse, inside Washington and across the country.


It doesn’t have to be this way. FixUS believes Americans must demand more of the leaders and institutions – political, economic, and civic – that increasingly have failed to earn our trust. We stand for change that will open our politics to fresh ideas and new participants, open the doors of the middle class to all hard working Americans, and bring Americans together in harmony instead of acrimony to create a new agenda for the 21st century. 


The reality is we can ill-afford to wait. As long as the current state of affairs continues, we will neglect pressing challenges and opportunities, from our national debt, to preparing our children for an ever more competitive environment, to the rise of new global economic and military competitors. If we don’t face up to the fundamental problem of fixing our system, we have little hope of surmounting others. 


At FixUS, we envision an America that:


  • Restores faith in our politics through a more open system in Washington, one that rewards progress over partisanship and is more representative of, and responsive to, the American public;


  • Restores faith that Americans who play by the rules can get ahead, by addressing the root causes of income disparities, economic immobility, and persistent economic insecurity in the richest nation on Earth, and;


  • Restores Americans’ faith in one another and our collective ability to solve problems and create an ever more inclusive, free and prosperous nation.  

Click the logo to share the FixUS Vision with your networks.

Click the logo to share the FixUS Vision with your networks. 

Join FixUS

Join Americans across the country who are coming together to make healing our fractured nation and fixing our political system a top national priority. Sign up to stay updated on developments of FixUS and receive opportunities to get involved. 

About US

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Our Challenge

America is threatened by a paralyzed political system and growing cultural divide. Our nation’s growing divisions are putting our nation at risk by failing to deal responsibly with a range of critical threats and challenges. The deterioration is reaching a point where we are losing trust and faith in our politicians, our institutions, and each other. As a result, our nation may be divided to an extent that we are losing a sense of shared aspirations, values, and a belief that there is more that unites us than divides us. 

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Our Mission

FixUS is a group of Americans united in shared concern over the divided state of our country, and believe that healing our divisions is our highest national priority and essential to preparing our nation to face the defining challenges of the 21st century. We are a community for the politically homeless, who recognize that sustainable public policy solutions will remain elusive until the nation comes together to address the underlying root causes of hyper-partisanship and public distrust. We seek to better understand the political, economic and cultural root causes of our nation’s growing divisions, to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them, and to build support for necessary changes.

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Our Theory of Change

Because the roots of our nation’s divisions are complex, integrated, and long-term in the making, we must confront these causes broadly and holistically in order to bring about real change. A large, diverse, and more networked constituency is ultimately required to work together to heal our divisions. Because of the declining trust and exhaustion of many with our political process - deep and meaningful citizen engagement will be required to guide necessary changes. 

Our Work

  1. We are promoting a better understanding of the root causes of our divides by conducting and publishing research and engaging citizens via our Roadshow and Listening Tour;
  2. We are convening, networking and increasing visibility for a diverse constituency that is bringing attention to these issues - via events, conference calls, and other forums that connect concerned citizens, business leaders, elected officials, policy experts and advocates;
  3. We are developing the FixUS Roadmap - a bottom up, citizen guided agenda to help heal our divisions through policy, institutional and civic reforms that address the underlying political, economic and cultural roots of our divide.

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Lessons from the Road

Read our new report summarizing what we have learned so far from the Roadshow & Listening Tour, "Lessons from the Road on How to Heal Our Fractured Country."

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The FixUS Nationwide Roadshow & Listening Tour is engaging numerous local audiences around the country - in civic and business groups, community forums, young professional and student groups and others - to better understand what citizens think, value and believe is causing heightened levels of political division. Speakers discuss the root causes of our national problems like the debt and others, and educate on the need to come together around possible solutions. Modeled after an effort launched as part of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, the tour is partnering with affinity organizations to engage the public and encourage broader local and national conversation on the deteriorating state of our political system and the existence of possible solutions. 


Download a Roadshow Presentation Slide Deck


FixUS Presentation (pdf)

FixUS Presentation (ppt)

For more slide decks, see here.

Host a Roadshow Event

Request that the FixUS Nationwide Roadshow and Listening Tour stop in your community by offering to host an event. 

FixUS Affinity Partners

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Roadshow Roundup

October 2019

 

Paul Stebbins spoke to the City Club of the Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, Ohio on October 14, 2019. Listen to the podcast.


Request a Roadshow Event.



March 2019


Mike Murphy - FixUS


As we take our message across the country, I wanted to share a recent experience to help highlight the impact we are having.


I had the privilege recently of addressing over 1,000 high school  students at the Junior State of America Winter Congress just outside of Washington, DC (pictured, right). To say it was an inspiring event would be an understatement.


Speaking with them about the debt, what effect it will have on their future, and how it is symbolic of our hyper-partisan political  environment, this crowd of future leaders was deeply engaged.


I know I struck a chord when I asked students to raise their hand if they think political polarization prevents our ability to address issues like the debt – every hand went up.


We had similar success at another recent event at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Paul Stebbins spoke to 200 people on the topic of: “Trillion Dollar Deficits: How the National Debt Symbolizes Our Broken Political System.” Other recent events were held in Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Omaha, Nebraska.


Our roadshow events are often hosted by local civic, community, and business groups, as well as academic institutions. They encourage dialogue among audiences around the country about the roots of our political dysfunction and how we can fix it in order to address growing debt and other challenges facing us. If you are a member or are  otherwise connected to such groups, we would like to hear from you about hosting an event in your area.


Request a Roadshow Event.


In addition, local Fix the Debt leader, Buzz Garlock, wrote a great op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald that is worth reading and sharing.

Mike Murphy addresses the Junior State of America Winter Congress

Mike Murphy addresses the Junior State of America Winter Congress

FixUS Action Checklist

FixUS is a group of Americans united in shared concern over the divided state of our country. Here are things you can do to have your voice heard, help heal our divisions, and chart a better path forward for our nation.


  • Sign up to be a member of FixUS at FixUSNow.org or by texting “FixUS” to 33777.


  • Share the FixUS Vision with your family, friends, and colleagues, encouraging them to join. These are the ideals that will guide our work.


  • Suggest how we can move forward by filling out a brief survey.


  • Sign our petition to presidential candidates.


  • Learn more about FixUS and become educated on the issues:

  1. Check out the challenge, our mission, and our theory of change, and read our op-eds.
  2. Peruse the abundance of material on our national divides in our FixUS Library.
  3. Learn more about organizations confronting the challenge in a variety of ways.


  • Request a FixUS Roadshow event in your community. Click here to request that a FixUS ambassador visit with a community organization.


  • Talk about FixUS with your neighbors and local groups using our basic PowerPoint presentation. (Request the slide deck here.)


  • Follow us on Twitter at @FixUSorg as we build our new social media presence, and help us spread the #FixUS message.


  • Participate in regular FixUS calls where we bring together members from across the nation to learn about the issues and to engage with experts. (Keep an eye out – we will send you regular invites by email.)


  • Lead a FixUS discussion, host a coffee talk, ask questions at a Town Hall. (Reach out to us here and we can help with this.)


  • Pen a letter to the editor or opinion piece in your local paper or personal blog. (Contact us here for help.)


  • Consider making a donation. FixUS is housed at a nonpartisan, 501c3 non-profit organization. You can make a donation to FixUS here to help fund more Roadshow events and other activities.


  • Profile someone in your community. Ask yourself or a leader in your community, What do you think the problems are? What is driving divisions?  How do we fix it? We will add it to our FixUS Profiles series. (Contact us here about a profile.)


  • Send us your ideas and let us know what you learn while engaging in your community. One of the most important aspects of FixUS is building this collaboratively and increasing citizen engagement. Send us your ideas directly to FixUS leadership regarding activities we can do and what you learn. Tell us the reactions you get and local success stories.

Download PDF

Download a printable PDF of the checklist.

FixUS in the News

Guest Editorial: Unlike politicians in D.C., some are willing to work together - Times Record - December 17, 2019 


Fixing Us? - Facing the Future - December 11, 2019


A discussion with Paul Stebbins from FixUS - The Alliance Party After Dark podcast - December 8, 2019


No budget. On the brink of default. It’s a hell of a way to run a country. - Washington Post - July 17, 2019

 

The question to ask in 2020 - The Fulcrum - June 27, 2019

  

Disastrous record deficits threaten US future yet barely make a ripple in Washington - USA Today - April 12, 2019

 

Fixing debt and our broken system must be national priorities - Austin American-Statesman - December 13, 2018



CONTACT US


Follow us on Twitter at @FixUSorg


Email us at fixus@fixthedebt.org


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