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, 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 Conversation Approach (friendly, respectful, fun):
Our discussions give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about politics today, and to listen to what others think/feel so that we can really understand why American's believe what we believe (without the media filter). Too much of our opinions about what American's believe and why we believe it, is dominated by what we see on our screens (TV, phone, computer, etc.). Let's get together to talk In Real Life so that we can separate fact from fiction -- while doing so, lets see if we can come up with solutions to prove that real American's with different political views can work together!

***Our discussions will be moderated to keep the conversation stays open and friendly, please come open to listen and learn with an open mind, and open heart. No judgement, just conversation.

Upcoming events (3)

Movie Night: Screening of the Documentary PURPLE

Online event

Join Crossing Party Lines for one of the first screenings of the documentary PURPLE: America We Need to Talk. The film takes place in rural Wisconsin and Iowa, two swing states where "red" and "blue" still live in the same neighborhoods and where many people feel unrepresented by the two-party system. This politically pivotal region was home to the greatest concentration of counties that flipped Obama-to-Trump in the 2016 presidential election. PURPLE is produced by Resetting the Table (RTT) - a non-profit organization that strengthens democracy through building collaborative deliberation across political silos in America today. We believe RTT's approach to bridging the political divides complements what we do at Crossing Party Lines, and that this documentary offers important insights into how we can come together as Americans to understand one another's concerns and humanity. After the screening we'll discuss the film. (showing 1)

Neuroscience Insights: How our Brains Make Decisions & Form Opinions

A lot of us believe our decisions are primarily based on a reasoned evaluation of hard data, but new neuroscience research is revealing that we primarily make decisions with our subconscious brain. In this fun and example-packed presentation, neuroscience researcher Graeme Newell reveals the latest revelations from the science of decision science. You’ll learn to recognize the subtle behavioral clues that a decision may be based on irrational thinking or hidden emotion. Graeme reveals the moments when we’re most vulnerable to biased decision-making and how to get back on track. Using fun exercises, weird brain games and fascinating science, Graeme takes us on a captivating tour of how our deeply flawed brains form our mostly deeply held beliefs. No pre-reads for this meeting. Come and enjoy! 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

Movie Night: Screening of the Documentary PURPLE

Online event

Join Crossing Party Lines for one of the first screenings of the documentary PURPLE: America We Need to Talk. The film takes place in rural Wisconsin and Iowa, two swing states where "red" and "blue" still live in the same neighborhoods and where many people feel unrepresented by the two-party system. This politically pivotal region was home to the greatest concentration of counties that flipped Obama-to-Trump in the 2016 presidential election. PURPLE is produced by Resetting the Table (RTT) - a non-profit organization that strengthens democracy through building collaborative deliberation across political silos in America today. We believe RTT's approach to bridging the political divides complements what we do at Crossing Party Lines, and that this documentary offers important insights into how we can come together as Americans to understand one another's concerns and humanity. After the screening we'll discuss the film. (showing 2)

Past events (43)

Portland vs Feds: Should the Federal Government Be Involved?

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