Hi there. We are Erin and Dave Ninehouser, Co-Founders of the HearYourselfThink Project. We’re natives of Rustbelt Southwestern Pennsylvania where our adopted hometown of Ambridge has been overrun with national reporters chasing down white male Trump voters in bars and diners since 2016.
We’ve been talking to these voters for years, slogging it out for progressive causes like clean air, good jobs, and healthcare since 2000 (for Dave) and 2006 (for Erin) in an environment where hearts and minds were being warped by media sources for an increasingly radical and corrupt political raw power agenda.
HearYourselfThink was born out of our years of engaging with citizens on issues and elections in our roles as community organizers and seeing the powerful influence that increasingly extreme media was having on attitudes, opinions, and behaviors.
Trump’s ascent was no surprise to us, having watched friends, family, and neighbors become more polarized and rigid in their views, with meanness, rancor and pessimism replacing compassion, basic decency, and community connection under the influence of incendiary media. As organizers, the number one obstacle we faced was the avalanche of misinformation, cynicism and fear-based narratives coming from outlets like Fox and talk radio.
Since 2004, Dave has knocked on over 200,000 doors, engaging with voters in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maine and New Hampshire on issues like good American jobs, fair trade policies for American workers and health care (ask him about “the battle of Kittanning”).
Erin spent years working on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare” facing down tea party disrupters at town halls and cutting through the fog of misinformation and fear to connect hundreds of Pennsylvanians with the law’s benefits.
The HearYourselfThink Project is a 501c3 non-profit that defends American values of truth, reason, and the common good by exposing how demagogues tap into the reptilian mind to divide and conquer. We are 100% funded by small donations.
Dave & Erin Ninehouser, Co-Founders