The following letter and pledges were sent to each of the presidential candidates by name and asked to respond by May 20.
June 1, 2016 is the eleventh annual Say Something Nice Day and June 5, 2016 is the tenth annual Say Something Nice Sunday. Our ecumenical committee is asking each presidential candidate to take our Civility Pledge for either one or both of those days. This is a wonderful opportunity to shine a bright light on the importance of civil discourse in America.
Our movement is supported by both democrats and republicans. We also have the support of the major religious denominations including but not limited to Baptists, Catholics, Disciples of Christ, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodists, and Presbyterians. We are also reaching out to the Jewish community.
Please sign either one and or both the enclosed pledges and return them to me by May 20, 2016.
We will release the names of those candidates who have taken one or both of our pledges prior to June 1. If it is possible please give our movement a mention in one of your speeches.
Thank you for your love for the United States and your willingness to run for the highest office in the land. It is a daunting task.
Sincerely,Mitch Carnell, Chair Say Something Nice Sunday Committee
Civility Challenges for Presidential Candidates
Civility Challenge One:
I pledge that on June 1, 2016 and or June 5, 2016, I will refrain from saying anything ugly, demeaning or derogatory to or about anyone especially any of the other candidates running for the presidency of the United States.
Signed: ____________________________________ Date: __________________
Civility Challenge Two:
I pledge that on June 1, 2016 and/or June 5, 2016, I will say something nice, uplifting or encouraging to or about at least one person running for the presidency of the United States. I understand that remarks related to physical characteristics are off limits for this exercise.
Signed: ____________________________________ Date_____________________