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.

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Moderator Training Info Session

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Do you ever wonder what it takes to run a Crossing Party Lines conversation? Are you curious to find out whether or not you have what it takes? Are you interested in taking your communication skills to the next level? Come to this info session and learn how Crossing Party Lines trains and supports our moderators. We will:

- show you what a meetup looks like "under the hood"
- give you a taste of how we prepare to facilitate difficult conversations
- answer any questions you have about moderating CPL-style
- give you a tour of our professionally developed moderator training*

Moderators are the life-blood of CPL. Right now there's more demand for our conversations than we can keep up with. We CAN change the tone of American politics. YOU can play a part.

*Training is a mixture of self-paced lessons, virtual class discussions, one-on-one meetings with the instructor, and virtual practice sessions.

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

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WORKSHOP: Listening Politics

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Before the workshop, please download and print the handouts you'll find at:

One of the first things people ask us when they hear about Crossing Party Lines is how we get politically divided people to listen and speak respectfully to each other. Our response is that we’re about listening politics, not arguing politics.

Listening politics refers to listening in a way that supports dialogue instead of debate. Rather than the typical listening we see in political discussion that is all about listening for a chance to argue or to defend, CPL’s listening promotes curiosity, respect and connection; it enables an open-minded search for discovery, the kind that detectives use.

But it doesn't come naturally because we’re conditioned to pre-judge and to defend our point of view.

In this workshop you will:

• Learn how our intentions in joining a conversation dictate how we listen.
• Cultivate curiosity about views that are different from yours.
• Learn about Active listening as well as how and when to use it.
• Practice skills that make it possible for us to listen and speak across our differences in a way that moves us all forward.

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.

Political Parties: Is There Room For More?

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America is a multi-party system, but it seems the power of the Democratic and Republican parties limit our options to just two. At our Shades of Red and Blue conversation, many people questioned whether a two party system could ever truly represent people’s political views effectively. With 62% of Americans echoing that statement, it is clearly a topic worth talking about.

Supporters of the two-party system say that it encourages majority representation and its simple design helps to eliminate confusion for voters. There’s also the argument that other parties already play an influential role in politics today: bringing additional and often different ideas to the forefront of political conversation.

In this meetup we’ll explore our personal views about how well the current system represents us. We’ll ask such questions as:

• What role do parties outside of the Democratic and Republican tickets play in our politics today?

• Do you think a third-party candidate will ever be elected president? What would it take for this to happen?

• Do you think having a “multi-party system” would improve or worsen the political process as it exists today?

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

Looking for more information?
– Support for Third U.S. Political Party at High Point (https://news.gallup.com/poll/329639/support-third-political-party-high-point.aspx)
– 3rd-Party Candidates Play A Role In U.S. Elections (https://share.america.gov/3rd-party-candidates-play-role-in-u-s-elections/)
– 16 Advantages and Disadvantages of the Two Party System (https://connectusfund.org/16-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-the-two-party-system)

Sign up here or at a chapter near you:
- Atlanta, GA: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-GA-Atlanta
- Austin, TX: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-TX-Austin
- Chicago, IL: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-IL-Chicago
- Columbus, OH: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-OH-Columbus
- Mesa, AZ: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-AZ-Mesa
- New York City: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-NY
- Portland, OR: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines
- Raleigh, NC: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-NC-Raleigh
- San Francisco Bay Area: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-CA-SanFrancisco
- Southern Oregon: https://www.meetup.com/Crossing-Party-Lines-OR-Medford

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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Voting: Alternative Methods

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