What we're about

Civil, respectful conversation with people with different political views?

Yes, it is possible. We’re doing it and you can, too.

Crossing Party Lines is YOUR brave space to meet and talk with people you disagree with and may not even understand. You might have fun!

Our events include:

- DISCUSSIONS: We meet as small groups where you can talk to real people about the issues that divide us. Share your unique insights, encounter new perspectives and new ways of looking at the world, and experience what it's like to feel heard and understood.

You'll find that it is possible to disagree in a way that leaves you feeling true to yourself and your beliefs without losing your friends or your cool.

- WORKSHOPS: We teach the skills you need to effectively talk across differences. You will learn ways to foster curiosity and invite listening, acquire strategies for overcoming common communication barriers, and develop the confidence to talk politics with people you know, live, and work with.

- COMMUNITY EVENTS: We’re not just about talking – we’re also about community. We host game nights, screen videos, share books, and offer many other ways of connecting across differences.

At all events, trained facilitators set the tone of the discussion and help the group build trust. Come see what civil, respectful conversation is like. Who knows, you might make friends with someone you disagree with!

More about Crossing Party Lines:

We are a national nonprofit with chapters in eight states. Because we believe that the success of America’s unique democracy relies on the diversity of our viewpoints, we encourage people of all political views and parties to join and participate.

Come learn, explore, practice, and grow with us. Join this grassroots movement and become the change in your community.

Note: Due to COVID, most of our events are online. Unless otherwise stated, events are open to all Crossing Party Lines chapters, giving you a chance to interact with people from all over the country.

Upcoming events (3)

The Citizen Project presents: Addressing Implicit Bias

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Join us on July 7 for a thought-provoking presentation on how to understand and recognize the potential impacts of implicit biases on ourselves and our approaches to supporting social causes.

(Note that registration is required. Sign up to attend at: http://wearesage.org/implicit-bias/)

Implicit biases are related to the ways in which people naturally process information about the world around them. Even so, they can lead us to relate to others in ways that are inconsistent with our values, such as by judging people based on their age, ability, social status, culture, gender, language, or race.

During this live, one-hour, online presentation, Professor Erik Girvan will draw on illustrations and lessons from social science research and a variety of work contexts to explain how having implicit bias is part of the human condition. Girvan will also describe practical and constructive approaches for reducing or eliminating the main ways that biases can prevent us from living up to our ideals.

Professor Girvan has a law degree from Harvard University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He teaches at the University of Oregon School of Law and is an academic expert in design, implementation, and evaluation of ways to increase equity in organizations, as well as conflict and dispute resolution, and experienced in civil litigation.

SAGE is pleased to sponsor this event through our Citizen Project, our initiative to inspire, support, and equip people to work across differences to solve public problems. We are grateful to the following co-sponsors for promoting this special event: Bridge Meadows, Classroom Law Project, Crossing Party Lines, Gevurtz Menashe, Lewis & Clark Law School, Neighborhood House, and Oregon Voice.

This event is online using Zoom video conferencing. A link to this Zoom meeting will be included in your registration confirmation email. Presentation from 12 to 1 p.m., with additional time for questions and answers until 1:30 p.m. For lawyers who attend, we are applying for 1-hour of MCLE credit.

Media: How Do We Recognize Bias?

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With all the media outlets out there, shouldn't it be easy to find multiple views? Sadly, media outlets often do a better job representing one perspective and gloss over others. Without the bigger picture, news consumers can be left thinking there’s only one side to a story. So how can we tell whether we're seeing the world from all perspectives? How do we know what's missing?

For this meetup, come prepared with your tips and tricks for identifying media bias. Do you focus on the words of an article, seek information about the author's bias, try to figure out the publisher's intentions? Be specific: what key phrases do you look for? What sources do you use to explore author or publisher bias?

Note that the focus of this conversation is on recognizing and identifying bias by sharing information and learning how to expand our news diet. What causes that bias or whether it is intentional may be considered for a separate meeting.

Join the Crossing Party Lines discussion and have a voice in our Nation’s Conversation! People of all views are welcomed, appreciated, and heard.

Please do your best to arrive at the beginning of the meeting – once we are in breakout rooms and the conversations have started, the meeting doors close to new arrivals. The breakout rooms open (and the doors close) approximately 15 minutes after the hour.

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WORKSHOP: Your Brain on Politics

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What’s going on in the world of politics? Why does talking politics so often feel off limits or fraught with danger? How can we get back to the good old days when it was OK to disagree and we could still be friends despite different views?

At this meetup we'll explore some of the causes of the political divide. We'll start the meeting with a presentation "Your Brain on Politics" and give participants a chance to share their thoughts and perspectives about the current political divide.

After providing tips and tricks for using our brain's amazing powers to make talking across differences easier we'll break into pairs for exercises to explore the concepts we've learned and practice new skills that we can bring into our next difficult conversation.

There are no prerequisites for this course. All are welcome.


ABOUT CPL Workshops

Get the training you need to effectively cross party lines.

Crossing Party Lines provides a series of FREE classes teaching the skills we use to talk across differences. We teach proven, science-based techniques to foster curiosity, invite listening, and connect across differences.

We designed these techniques based on recent discoveries in such fields as cognitive science, neurobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Because understanding the partisan brain is central to the work of Crossing Party Lines, our workshops cover both the skills and some of the basic science behind them.


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We would love to hear your thoughts on our social media pages. Don't miss topic announcements, updates, news! Follow us on:
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• Facebook @crossingpartylines (Facebook.com/crossingpartylines)

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Campaign Funds: Should They Be Used For Legal Defense?

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