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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Hate Speech: How Does It Affect Us? (repeat)

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Hate speech is a term that is often used for “abusive language specifically attacking a person or persons because of their race, color, religion, ethnic group, gender, or sexual orientation” (First Amendment Encyclopedia). While some countries have laws against hate speech, the US does not. Instead, citizens decide for themselves what speech they object to, and how, if at all, they want to deal with it.

Some Americans argue that the government should ban hate speech. For this meeting, rather than dive into that particular discussion, we will focus our attention on why people are concerned about this topic. In most cases, the rationale boils down to the harm hate speech does, and assessment of how any particular statement impacts another person is likely to vary according to each individual's beliefs and lived experiences.

At this meeting we will explore the types of speech our members consider to be hate speech and discuss two types of harm:

  • Harm that comes from restricting this type of speech.
  • Harm that comes from not restricting such speech.

We will ask such questions as:

  • What harms come from unrestricted hate speech?
  • What harms come from restricting speech?
  • When and how do speech and violence connect?
  • Does your assessment of harm change according to context or the intent of the speaker?

Note: If we hear enough interest in discussing whether hate speech should be banned, we can hold a follow-up to this meeting.

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

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Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan: Is It Fair?

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On August 24th the White House announced a plan to forgive up to $20,000 of federal student loans for many borrowers. Whether or not you (or someone you know) will be getting all or a portion of your student loans forgiven as a result of this move, chances are this plan will impact you in some way.

It’s welcome news for some, but did the current administration take things too far? Some critics have stated that forgiving debt for loans taken out voluntarily encourages fiscal irresponsibility. Others question whether the income threshold is too high, giving relief to those who don’t need it. There are also concerns that President Biden’s plan doesn’t go far enough – that $20,000 isn’t enough to make a dent in the growing “student debt crisis.”

What do you think?

At this meeting we’ll discuss whether such a move to forgive is fair. Who wins and who loses when the government forgives student loan debt?

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

Helpful Information:
White House Fact Sheet - Student Loan Relief
Federal Student Aid Web Page - One Time Relief

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? You can 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:
• Instagram @crossingpartylines
• Twitter @crosspartylines
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Hate Speech: How Does It Affect Us?

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