What we're about

Is the other side really nuts?

Find out by joining our open discussion group that is inclusive of all views (conservative, liberal, independent, libertarian, etc.).

Our Mission:

CPL’s Mission to foster civility and community among politically dissimilar Americans by transcending divisive media politics through mediated, face to face discussion groups that explore our shared values and interests as individuals and as a nation.

Our Approach (friendly, respectful, fun):

Our discussions provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about politics and issues, and to listen to others to better understand why American's believe what we believe (without the media filter). Too much of what we think we know about others' views is informed by what's on our screens (TV, phone, computer, etc.). Let's get together to talk In Real Life to separate fact from fiction -- while doing so we might even come up with solutions to prove that real Americans with different views can collaborate respectfully!

***Discussions are moderated to ensure conversations remain open and friendly. Please come prepared to listen and learn with an open mind and open heart. No judgement, just conversation.

Upcoming events (5)

BOOK CLUB: "The Coddling of the American Mind" PARTS 1&2 (Conversation)

This month's BOOK CLUB discussion:

PARTS 1 & 2 (only)

of "The Coddling of the American Mind"

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"The Coddling of the American Mind" by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
(How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure)

Lukianoff and Haidt argue that something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. What is going on?

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557315/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind-by-greg-lukianoff-and-jonathan-haidt/

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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. This is our conversation about this month's book.

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

CONVERSATION – What Could We Have Done Better?

Network event

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Political discussions can often drive each person to present or defend his/her side's "right" solution to a particular problem. Yet, as we have often discovered, the "devil is in the details." In reality, what impacts our country is not simply the solution we implement, but also how we implement it. For this meeting, we’ll discuss policies and legislation which we, as a country, have already implemented and asked "What could we have done better?"

A) Please bring one example of a policy or piece of legislation you voted for or supported that, in retrospect, has not produced what you consider to be the desired results.

B) At the meeting, we'll pick the two or three most popular examples and do our best to understand what we could have done better. Was it the solution or the implementation or something else?

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:

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BOOK CLUB: "The Coddling of the American Mind" (Introduction)

Come learn more about our Summer BOOK CLUB selection:

"The Coddling of the American Mind" by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
(How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure)

Lukianoff and Haidt argue that something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. What is going on?

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557315/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind-by-greg-lukianoff-and-jonathan-haidt/

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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)

FILM CLUB

Online event

How to join the CPL FILM CLUB:

(1) Watch the video introduction to the film (to be announced)
(2) Download the primer for the film (to be announced)
(3) Find and enjoy the show on your own
(4) Join the conversation at this month's Film Club event

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About the CPL FILM CLUB

Enjoy great films that help us see the world differently.

Film offers a novel entry point to examining important topics. Film engages more of our senses simultaneously. It can help us understand an issue more directly, as it plays out in lived lives, whether in documentaries or fiction. Films show, not tell — they help us see the world in a holistic way.

Introducing the CPL Film Club: a new way to cross party lines with warm and engaging conversations. Participants will watch the film on their own after watching a 10 minute CPL video that will explain
- why we picked the film,
- how it is relevant to our month’s topic,
- what you should pay particular attention to, along with
- questions you might want to ask yourself.

MEETS MONTHLY ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS
3PM PT / 6PM ET VIA ZOOM 90 minutes

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WORKSHOP: "Your Brain on Politics" — CPL 100

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