• Reproductive Rights: How Is This a Political Issue?

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    At a recent Crossing Party Lines meeting we discovered that to some people the term “women’s reproductive rights” is synonymous with “abortion.” For others, it encompasses anything related to a woman’s choices around pregnancy, from sex education to availability of contraceptives to fertility treatment and, yes, abortion. At this meeting we’ll use the definition of the term “reproductive rights” as defined by findlaw.com (see the pre-read list below) then explore how politics come into play. This will not be a discussion about current or upcoming abortion-related legislation or rulings. Rather, we’ll be asking whether topics such as sex education, choice of contraception methods, and access to reproductive health services warrant more attention and if so, whether the scope of such discussions should be restricted to the needs of only one sex. Note that because sex education is, according to most sources, a fundamental component of reproductive rights, we’ve included two pre-read links about the availability of sex education in America today. Pre-read Material: -- What are Reproductive Rights?: https://family.findlaw.com/reproductive-rights/what-are-reproductive-rights-.html -- All 24 States That Mandate Sex Education And What They Require: https://www.ranker.com/list/states-that-mandate-sex-education/ranker-news -- America's sex ed controversy: Can you teach consent?: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sex-education-consent-abstinence-cbsn-originals/ --------- As always, wine, 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

  • 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

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    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