We support efforts to grow and build local community resilience throughout elections and other periods of heightened risk, laying a foundation for longer-term work to bridge the divides we face as a nation.
De-escalation Training Directory and Guides
A state-by-state directory of organizations providing de-escalation, bystander intervention, and community safety trainings in each state. Paired with guidelines to help local elected officials, community members, poll workers, and law enforcement de-escalate tensions, our resources help protect civic space during heightened tensions and the election process.
Threats and Harassment Against Local Officials
A multi-year research agenda with mixed-method approaches incorporating in-depth interview reports, representative surveys, and a quantitative events dataset (THD). These projects together provide an empirical foundation to understand and respond to the threat and harassment landscape in US cities and towns.
BDI In The News
BDI engages with media and groups across the political spectrum to track and mitigate political violence. Our work has been noted in a wide variety of publications, including:
- Washington Post, Elected officials are being threatened and attacked. We’re tracking that.
- Insider, Trump and his far-right allies have stoked a dangerous climate that increases the likelihood of violence far beyond midterms, extremism experts warn
- Reuters, New database tracks threats to U.S. government officials
- Forbes, Women In Politics Have To Deal With More Harassment And Violence. A New Database Tracks The Threats
- NPR, Concerns of political violence loom days before the midterms
- Axios, A first-of-its-kind database tracks threats against public officials
- The Hill, Pro-Trump backlash to FBI search fuels concern over political violence
- New York Times, Survey Looks at Acceptance of Political Violence in U.S.
- Governing, Are Some Mass Shootings a Form of Political Violence?
- NPR, Far-right militant groups align with issue-oriented groups ahead of midterms
- NPR, Red/Blue Workshops try to bridge the political divide. Do they really work?
- The Boston Globe: In Harm's Way - The car becomes the weapon
- USA Today Network: Wisconsin Nice -- Hollow Calls for Unity Do Not Work
- CNN.com: Data Can Help Us Move Forward
- The Atlantic: Coexistence Is the Only Answer
PRINCETON, NJ –– Princeton University’s Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) released a new report featuring the experiences of local elected leaders with threats and harassment. BDI’s report offers preliminary insights and reflections on the experiences of local officials experiencing threats and harassment, in their own words, through…
The Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) team conducted interviews in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, to better understand the local realities of political violence in the United States and highlight community responses. To understand what this looks like in practice, BDI structured our text around drivers of conflict and community mitigation…
New York, NY, October 19, 2022 ... Today, ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) and Princeton
University’s Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) launched a new data collection initiative that tracks threats
and harassment of local elected officials. This first-of-its-kind project is an ongoing study to