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This group is dedicated to proving that civil discourse between people with differing political views is possible. Come learn how recent studies in physiological and psychological differences between conservatives and progressives provide insights into why political talk have become derailed in the past and how we can keep it on track.

We discuss candidates and issues, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re about attitude, skills and understanding.

We embrace differences and encourage people of all political views and parties to join and participate. Our discussions will be moderated to ensure that the conversation stays open and friendly, please come learn, explore, and practice with us.

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Upcoming events (2)

Impeachment: Should Trump be Impeached for Obstruction of Justice?

From nearly the moment that the 2016 election was decided, there have been calls to impeach the 45th president. Until the Mueller Report was released, however, Congress appeared to be reluctant to actually move forward with this complicated, fraught process. Now calls for impeachment are re-igniting, charging specifically that President Trump be impeached for obstruction of justice. At this meetup we’ll explore how realistic these calls for impeachment are. Please be sure to read the pre-reads for this meeting as they explain both the impeachment process, and the intricacies of Obstruction of Justice. Once we have discussed these elements, we’ll all have a chance to weigh in on this important topic. (This topic was selected by CPL Members through our #VirtualDemocracy Poll! -- Thank you to all who participated) Pre-read Material: -- How easy is it to impeach a president? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39945744 -- So, You Want to Impeach The President (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fx6YXFEho -- Obstruction of Justice https://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/obstruction-of-justice.html -- Bob Barr: Trump shouldn’t be impeached, but Bill Clinton’s impeachment was justified; Here’s why https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/bob-barr-trump-shouldnt-be-impeached-but-bill-clintons-impeachment-was-justified-heres-why -- Can obstruction of justice apply to Trump? https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obstruction-justice-apply-trump/story?id=47370135 -- Republican Congressman Destroys Arguments That Trump Didn’t Obstruct Justice https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/justin-amash-republican-congressman-destroys-arguments-that-trump-didnt-obstruct-justice-837749/ 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 platforms. 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

CPL 101: Listening Politics

Former Beaverton Court House (Griffith Park Building)

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. So what do we mean by listening 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 waiting 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 is not easy, because we’re conditioned to pre-judge, and to defend our point of view. In this meetup we will start by looking at how our intentions in joining a conversation dictate how we listen. We will learn how to cultivate curiosity and how and when to use active listening. Lastly, we’ll use class time to practice skills that enable us to listen and speak across our differences in a way that moves us all forward. Pre-read Material: None -- Handouts will be provided --------- As always, tea and cookies will be provided, and as always, people of all views are welcomed, appreciated, and heard. We would love to hear your thoughts on our social media platforms. 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 Graphics

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Reproductive Rights: How Is This a Political Issue?

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