What we're about

Is the other side really nuts? Find out by joining our open discussion group, where people of all views (conservative, liberal, etc.) are welcome, appreciated, and heard.

This group is part of a National organization with the mission to foster civility and community among politically dissimilar Americans by rising above divisive media politics through mediated, face-to-face discussion. Come learn and practice the skills that will help you share your thoughts and feelings about politics today and listen to what others think and feel so we can understand why others believe what they believe. Our discussions are moderated to ensure that the conversation stays open and friendly.

To learn more about the topics we discuss and the what groups in other parts of the country are doing check out the website: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines

No judgement, just conversation.

Upcoming events (3)

(online) Interventionism vs Isolationism: How involved should the US be abroad?

[ONLINE] Register to receive an email with your personal join link REGISTER: https://bit.ly/2QOjXv8 -------------------Description------------------ In a recent National Topic we explored the tensions between Nationalism and Globalism, asking where we can/should/do put our priorities -- on our country or on the world as a whole? For this discussion we’ll look at our values -- do we keep them to ourselves or spread them around the world? Why? After taking some time to come to a shared understanding of what we mean by the terms Interventionism and Isolationism, we’ll dive into meatier questions such as: What are the moral pros and cons of interventionism? Isolationism? Which approach to other countries best serves the needs of our own country? If we justify interventionism as being for “their own good,” how do we balance the needs of people in the countries we are trying to support with their need for self-governance? What conflicts/actions/inactions justify intervention in another country’s affairs? What roles do global governance organizations such as the UN, the WHO or the World Bank play in reducing the need for intervention by individual countries like the US, China, or Russia? (This topic was selected by CPL Members through our #VirtualDemocracy Poll! -- Thank you to all who participated) Pre-read Material: – What is Interventionism in Politics? - Definition, History & Examples (https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-interventionism-in-politics-definition-history-examples.html) – United States Foreign Policy: Isolationism vs Interventionism (https://debatewise.org/debates/3021-united-states-foreign-policy-isolationism-vs-interventionism/) – Why the U.S. Has Spent 200 Years Flip-Flopping Between Isolationism and Engagement (https://www.history.com/news/american-isolationism) – Foreign Policy for Americans: Non-Interventionism (https://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/foreign-policy-americans-non-interventionism) Join the Crossing Party Lines discussion and have a voice in our Nation’s Conversation! People of all views are welcomed, appreciated, and heard. We would love to hear your thoughts on our social media pages. Don't miss topic announcements, updates, news! Follow us on: Instagram @crossingpartylines Instagram.com/crossingpartylines Twitter @crosspartylines Twitter.com/CrossPartyLines Facebook @crossingpartylines Facebook.com/crossingpartylines

(online) National Discussion: Coronavirus (topic focus TBD)

ONLINE - Must Register

[ONLINE] Register to receive an email with your personal join link REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3bu6a4z The national #VirtualDemocracy poll this week seems certain to be about some aspect of the coronavirus, though we won't know the winner until Sunday. Details will be posted here as soon after that as possible. You can still be a part of the #VirtualDemocracy poll at https://poll.ly/#/Ly8xQVZB -------------------Description------------------ We'll update this event page with the specific details for this National Conversation after the poll results are in. Join the Crossing Party Lines discussion and have a voice in our Nation’s Conversation! People of all views are welcomed, appreciated, and heard. We would love to hear your thoughts on our social media pages. Don't miss topic announcements, updates, news! Follow us on: Instagram @crossingpartylines Instagram.com/crossingpartylines Twitter @crosspartylines Twitter.com/CrossPartyLines Facebook @crossingpartylines Facebook.com/crossingpartylines

Intro to Crossing Party Lines: Talking Politics [ONLINE]

ONLINE: This meeting will take place online as a Zoom virtual meeting - click this link to go to our Zoom conference room. https://zoom.us/j/440439035 -------------------Description------------------ Civil, respectful discourse. Talking. Listening. In CPL 101 we covered the basics of how to Listen Politics in a way that fosters connection and understanding. In this follow-up class we'll share the secrets of Talking Politics in a way that invites others to listen rather than dares them to defend against your ideas or shut you down. Talking politics refers to sharing your views in a way that supports dialogue instead of debate. Rather than the typical political speak we hear in the media and debates that is all about telling others how they should think, CPL’s approach to talking politics provides insight into why your political views make sense to you; it promotes curiosity, respect and connection and helps others understand how their views and yours can coexist without either of you being wrong or immoral. But it is not easy, because we’re conditioned to defend our point of view rather than share it or share about ourselves. In this meetup we will practice skills that enable us to speak across our differences in a way that moves us all forward and deepens our understanding of where our views come from. We will explore strategies for overcoming communication barriers, and we will practice productive civil discourse. There are no prerequisites for this course. All are welcome. We would love to hear your thoughts on our social media pages. Don't miss topic announcements, updates, news! Follow us on: Instagram @crossingpartylines Instagram.com/crossingpartylines Twitter @crosspartylines Twitter.com/CrossPartyLines Facebook @crossingpartylines Facebook.com/crossingpartylines -------------------How to find us------------------ Click the link at the top of the description to join the meeting from a browser. To join from the Zoom desktop and mobile application or from a landline or mobile phone, see: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Past events (1)

Intro to Crossing Party Lines: Listening Politics [ONLINE]

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