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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 this link: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines... (https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines/)

No judgement, just conversation.

Upcoming events (5)

CONVERSATION – Bipartisanship: What is it and how important is it?

These days we are hearing a lot about bipartisanship. But do we even know what it looks like? And do we really want it? At this meetup, inquiring members of CPL will explore these questions and others, including:

* What counts as bipartisanship?
* When is bipartisanship a worthy goal? If we don’t have it, is
it worth striving for?
* How do you know someone is committed to bipartisanship?
* What gets in the way of bipartisanship?

– Is Bipartisanship Really Better? Economic Effects of Bipartisan Congresses (https://www.thebalance.com/bipartisan-definition-benefits-examples-4589699)
– Problem Solvers Caucus Delivers Bipartisan Priority Agenda to President Biden (https://problemsolverscaucus-gottheimer.house.gov/media/press-releases/problem-solvers-caucus-delivers-bipartisan-priority-agenda-president-biden)
– Adviser Anita Dunn: Joe Biden Can Be Bipartisan Without GOP Lawmakers (https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/02/01/adviser-anita-dunn-joe-biden-bipartisan-without-gop-lawmakers)
– Building a big infrastructure plan, Biden starts with a bridge to Republicans (https://www.opb.org/article/2021/03/23/building-a-big-infrastructure-plan-biden-starts-with-a-bridge-to-republicans)
– Column: Joe Biden had a choice: Go big or go bipartisan. He opted for big (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/column-joe-biden-had-a-choice-go-big-or-go-bipartisan-he-opted-for-big/ar-BB1dt07W)

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

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CLASSROOM: "Exploring Science in Political Conversations" — CPL 203

How do we talk about science if their science is “wrong?” Learn a new framework for discussing scientific matters in a civil, respectful way that leads to a deeper understanding of the issues we face today.

ABOUT CPL Classroom

Download the complete schedule:
http://CrossingPartyLines.com/class.pdf

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.

Note: While we do not require that you take our classes in order, those with higher course numbers cover skills and concepts that are more advanced than lower numbers.

BOOK CLUB: "Apocalypse Never" (Conversation)

Online event

Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

Michael Shellenberger argues that while climate change is real, it’s not the end of the world. He demonstrates it’s not our most serious environmental problem.

Join us for a conversation about this book.
More details to come.

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About the CPL BOOK CLUB

Discover the books people are reading to cross party lines.

As much as we might love other media forms, it’s reading good books that best helps us understand the world. Extended prose is the most effective way to communicate complex ideas. That makes sharing a book with friends such a rich and rewarding experience — especially when we see things differently.

Introducing the CPL BOOK CLUB: a space to discover the joys of reading with others who want to bridge our differences and explore issues that divide us. Each month we take up a book that provides a platform for warm and engaging conversation. Participants receive a brief primer that introduces the author and lays out the book’s main points to fuel our thinking and energize engagement.

MEETS WEDNESDAYS @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
TWICE MONTHLY VIA ZOOM
One Hour Book Introduction (1st Weds)
Two Hour Book Conversation (4th Weds)

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CPL BOOK CLUB — SEASON ONE
http://CrossingPartyLines.com/book.pdf

January
How To Think by Alan Jacobs

February
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi

March
False Black Power? by Jason Riley

April
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger

May
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

Summer
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianof and Jonathan Haidt

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

BOOK CLUB: Book Introduction

Online event

About the CPL BOOK CLUB

Discover the books people are reading to cross party lines.

As much as we might love other media forms, it’s reading good books that best helps us understand the world. Extended prose is the most effective way to communicate complex ideas. That makes sharing a book with friends such a rich and rewarding experience — especially when we see things differently.

Introducing the CPL BOOK CLUB: a space to discover the joys of reading with others who want to bridge our differences and explore issues that divide us. Each month we take up a book that provides a platform for warm and engaging conversation. Participants receive a brief primer that introduces the author and lays out the book’s main points to fuel our thinking and energize engagement.

MEETS WEDNESDAYS @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
TWICE MONTHLY VIA ZOOM
One Hour Book Introduction (1st Weds)
Two Hour Book Conversation (4th Weds)

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CPL BOOK CLUB — SEASON ONE

January
How To Think by Alan Jacobs

February
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi

March
False Black Power? by Jason Riley

April
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger

May
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

Summer
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianof and Jonathan Haidt

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

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CONVERSATION – Asian American Violence

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