FROM BROKEN AND BEHIND BARS.
TO reborn TO HEAL THE NATION.
The day Trump was elected my own hate, anger, and ignorance landed me in jail and fighting for my freedom in a courtroom. When I climbed out of that hole I decided to start loving my so-called enemies instead. I quit my job and traveled around the nation hugging thousands to find common ground. The pandemic shut my hugs down again and again but not my mission to heal our nation. Now it happens one cup at a time, and it starts with you.
why am i on
My name is Billy Park. I am a father of two girls. I am trying to give them what every parent wants for their kids, a kinder world. In 2017 saddened by all the division in our country I started a movement called HUG IT OUT AMERICA The goal was simple, shrink the divide one huggable American at a time by giving hugs in every state in the nation. I reached 26 states, gave thousands and thousands of hugs, but then the Pandemic hit. So I headed home to quarantine like everybody else but also took to hugging America from my lazy boy I started a radio station called Hug It Out America Live. I interviewed a lot of different-minded Americans including a former neo-nazi, a black man who befriended the KKK, and a federal felon. Once the nation opened back up I turned off the mic and opened a community space called One Love to recapture some of the humanity the virus stole from all of us. Unfortunately, even with all my efforts, I have seen the divide only get wider and deeper. And the news and social media only makes it worse. What I learned is try as they may politicians can't fix this. Nor can I on my own. It takes every one of us to reach out to understand our so called ''enemies". Kind of like when I started, But instead of one hug at a time.. it's one cup at a time.
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