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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State Lines: Built to Last or Drawn in Sand?

Network event

Online event

Before the ink on the Constitution was even dry, states began to reconsider their boundaries. Proposals for dividing or combining state territories have been cropping up all over the country ever since. There have been more attempts to divide California than anniversaries of its statehood and a proposal to split New York into three separate states was raised again this year.

So why are proposals to redraw state lines so popular?

Let's explore what redrawing state lines might mean, asking such questions as:

  • Who might benefit from these proposals? Who might be hurt?
  • How would changes to state lines impact neighboring states and the rest of the country?
  • Would you support a proposal like this in your state? What would your state lines look like?
  • Can changes like these erode the foundation of our country?

Note that there are many related topics that we won't be discussing at this meeting: states that want to leave the US, statehood for US territories, or giving statehood benefits to residents of Washington, D.C. for example. The focus is on existing states that want to change their shape, size, and relationship with other states.

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

For more about this topic:
– History and List of US state partition proposals - Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_partition_proposals

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.

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Abortion: What are the moral issues? What should the law be?

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