In today’s political climate, some conversations with friends and family can be tough, especially around the holidays. The organization, Clean Speech, wants to help. It offers month-long courses that help New Yorkers change their conversations for the better.

Alexandra Feingold, campaign manager for Clean Speech NYC joined “News All Day” to talk more on this work.

Feingold offers the following tips when dealing with tough conversations: pause before speaking, recognize that words can be hurtful, focus on discussing ideas and not people, and remember you can always change the topic or excuse yourself from a conversation.

Clean Speech incorporates thousands of years of Jewish wisdom about how to speak mindfully. Anyone can join, no matter their background or religion.

Feingold also notes that, especially with social media today, it’s important to learn how to disagree with one another while still respecting other’s opinions.

If you want to learn more information or sign up to improve your conversations, go to