‘Turkey Talk Tips’ for a Smooth Thanksgiving


Written by Mike Hall, AFL-CIO

Conventional wisdom says don’t talk politics at big family gatherings, especially with Uncle Earl. But our friends at Working America are offering a unique guide on how to talk about today’s biggest political topic, the Occupy Wall Street/99 Percent movement, without sending Uncle Earl into one of his legendary fits.

Working America’s Turkey Talk Guide is designed to help you continue the national dialogue on economic fairness sparked by the Occupy movement and help you draw out the real issues behind the massive protests against inequality and injustice taking place in Ohio, Wisconsin and across the country.

It offers tips, facts and responses to myths and spin, as well as online resources to people at their homes and online. Says Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum:

We want to help ordinary Americans have productive conversations, and avoid picking fights with the uncle who thinks the Department of Education should be abolished. So many people are not able or willing to occupy parks to protest the vast inequality in this country, but they want to do something. We’re bridging the gap between the tent cities where the protesters are, and the neighborhoods where people might have family members who aren’t normally receptive to these ideas.

In addition, Working America will host a “Turkey Talk” live chat at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2011 (hash tag: #turkeytalk) to allow anyone to share their own stories or advice about talking turkey with family members—especially the confused or skeptical ones – about economic equality, good jobs, a healthy environment, good public schools and a secure retirement.

Click here for Turkey talk tips and on Thanksgiving, be sure to keep Uncle Earl out of the liquor cabinet.

This post was originally published on the AFL-CIO’s blog.


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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Hannah S.
Hannah Short6 years ago

my fiances side of the family is open minded we can talk about almost anything. my side of the family though, are so closed minded that if you have a different view they will insult you and not even listen to your side, always has to argue, so i just listen and only speak up if i agree with something or just acknowledged that i heard them

Ann W.
Ann W6 years ago

Sometimes, I can't deal with the denial some spoiled, and dare I say, fat and lazy, family members are living in. Just be sure to bore them with the old anecdotes!

And take your plate to the kitchen. That's where the best talk is!

Kath R.
Kath P6 years ago

Keep conversations light when so many people are involved around a table.

Catherine O Neill

Thanksgiving is a time to say ThankYou for all we have.My family avoids any heavy & opinionated subjects like religion politics & world in general.

Morris G.
Morris G.6 years ago

I think the Department of Education should be abolished. Since it was established in 1980 our kids have become less educated at an increased cost. D of E does not educate anyone. It is just a typical large government bureaucracy and basically useless.
I guess I am that "uncle"

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

Great ideas tankks!

Kari Knabe
Kari Knabe6 years ago


Dan and Tina Partlow
Daniel Partlow6 years ago

While i support the Occupy Movement, I do not think politics is a good topic for a Thanksgiving get togather.This is supposed to be a day to give thanks. I do not feel thankful to our politicians!

Bob P.