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)

Crossing Party Lines presents THE ABORTION TALKS

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Please join Crossing Party Lines for a pre-release screening of THE ABORTION TALKS, a documentary about three pro-life and three pro-choice leaders who met secretly after the 1994 abortion clinic shooting in Brookline, Massachusetts to see if together they could fix their broken worlds.

This documentary is not about abortion, per se. While nearly all the interviews are women with deeply held convictions about abortion that they express throughout the film and the events covered indicate different modes of engaging the abortion debate, this project is a celebration of six women who were brave enough to face their enemy with dignity and grace.

We are sharing this film with you as a powerful real-world example of talking across political differences. It presents the dangers of toxic polarization which renders us incapable of meaningfully addressing issues of race, poverty, income inequality, and climate change. It also presents the antidote to it: civil, respectful conversations between concerned individuals who see the world from different perspectives. In the course of this film, you will see how dialogue forever changes the way the women in this film speak to and about each other and leads them to engage in more cross-partisan efforts to successfully prevent future threats of violence.

After the screening we’ll have a Q&A session with one of the filmmakers. Come hear what they learned making a film across the partisan divide.

Sign up here or through a chapter near you:
https://www.meetup.com/pro/crossingpartylines

Note: This event raises funds for CPL and provides reimbursement for the filmmakers. At checkout, you will be asked for a suggested payment of $10. If you select payment via PayPal you’ll have the opportunity to change the amount to whatever you feel appropriate.
We here at Crossing Party Lines never want the ability to pay to get in the way of participation. If payment is not an option for you, contact [masked]. (For technical reasons, you cannot sign up for a free ticket directly through this page.)

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Ballot Box: What Worries You?

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Voting is one of the pillars of our democracy and trust in our voting system is key to the smooth transition of power between administrations. This year, lawmakers have been proposing and enacting changes – some restrictive, some expansive – to the ways voters can cast their ballots. Among others, these include changes to the rules regarding mail and/or absentee voting, voter registration, early voting, and election interference.

What concerns do you have that you think we should address? For example:

  • Are we doing a good job ensuring that every ballot is valid?
  • Are we giving all voters equal access to the polls?
  • If you were in charge of voting in your city or county, how would you measure success?Come prepared to share your experiences and observations from recent elections.

Come prepared to share your experiences and observations from recent elections.

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.

Sign up here or through a chapter near you:
https://www.meetup.com/pro/crossingpartylines

Want to have a say in the topics we offer? Cast your vote in our weekly poll on the Crossing Party Lines Community site.

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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• Twitter @crosspartylines
• Facebook @crossingpartylines

Volunteers: We've got a job for you! (Info Session)

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NOTE: Because we are a national nonprofit operating in multiple time zones, we will be holding two Info Sessions. Please come to whichever works best for you.

You’ve heard us say it: Crossing Party Lines is 100% volunteer run and donation supported. We’ve had people ask, “But you’re just talking, what is there for volunteers to do?”

There’s plenty to do! In fact, whatever your skills and interests, there’s a place for you on the CPL Team. Come to this info session and see what our organization looks like "under the hood" and learn how you can help us bring the CPL experience to more people around the country. We’ve got positions in each of the local chapters and at the National level.

You can find just a few of our volunteer opportunities at: https://www.CrossingPartyLines.com/volunteer/

Learn more about Crossing Party Lines at https://www.CrossingPartyLines.com

Sign up here or at a chapter near you:
https://www.meetup.com/pro/crossingpartylines

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)

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