Suggested Movements & Politics Groups near California
Bay Area Conservatives
San Francisco, CA
For all those in the Bay Area who seek politically & socially inspired events with other like-minded conservative individuals, you're home.
We include conservatives, moderate republicans, trump supporters, tea partiers, libertarians, independents who lean right, patriots and those who are in need of a different kind of "hope & change."
Join us and make some new friends!
PS - We ask that you do not request to join if you want to study us or are media. We are not unicorns and do not wish to be treated as such:P
PSS - There is a delay to approve new members because of the high number of requests.
Crossing Party Lines: Bay Area
San Francisco, CA
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.
Trump Supporters In California
Hello all you Trump supporters. This is a group where we can take action and the opportunity to stand with Trump. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORTERS! Don't be afraid to come out and join us! We are growing strong. Vote for Donald Trump 2020/2024 and Lets's Make America Great Again. THANK YOU,
Please create meetup in your area.
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SFDebate Political Discussion Meetup
San Francisco, CA
The SF Debate Meetup is an open forum for discussion on the events of our time. We have three goals UNDERSTAND OTHER POINTS OF VIEW With so much news available to us, it is easy to fall into the trap of relying on sources that simply support and reinforce our own limited beliefs. The SF Debate Meetup is a chance for you to expand your perspectives and understanding. We believe that when opinions are discussed in public, our critical faculties are sharpened as we are exposed to diverse viewpoints that we may not have considered before. DEVELOP YOUR PERSUASIVE SKILLS. If you want to be able to convince others of your ideas; if you want to change the world we live in, SFdebate is the forum for you. Consider SFdebate to be a 'dojo' for persuasive speaking. It is a place where you will not only be exposed to opposing points of view, but a safe place where you will be encouraged to find and speak up for yours. We work hard to keep things civil and will not tolerate physical intimidation or threats of any kind. The point is to HAVE FUN and MAKE FRIENDS. It is a meeting of minds, and we follow every meeting with drinks , a bite to eat, and some drunken debate at a nearby bar/restaurant.
East Bay Political Discussion Cafes
Walnut Creek, CA
The purpose of this group is to promote political viewpoint diversity, to provide an opportunity for people of different political views to come together and engage in civil discourse on political topics with others with whom they both agree and (importantly) disagree.
In today's politically polarized climate, it is incumbent on all of us, as members of this society, to engage constructively with others to find common ground or to gain a better understanding of why others hold the views that they do, even if we vehemently disagree with them.
We encourage RESPECTFUL debate on political topics. Our discussions (debates) are moderated, and we ask that each participant adhere to our discussion ethos (see below) in order to set the stage for civil discourse.
Our objective is to have balanced representation of various political leanings at our meetings. Whether you consider yourself a liberal, conservative, libertarian, or moderate, whether you lean left or lean right or think of yourself as in the middle (or not on the left-right spectrum at all), you are welcome as a participant at our meetings. We believe that people's political viewpoints are complex, nuanced.
We look forward to engaging with you.
(Please read this before signing up, as we expect you to agree to this ethos as a condition of acceptance into the group.)
• Show respect for every participant, even if you disagree strongly with their views. This group values civil discourse, and our expectation is that participants maintain their composure in the face of a diversity of views.
• Assume good will among those participants whose views oppose your own. Assume that everyone in the group wants the best for society and have arrived at their views in good faith.
• When engaging in debate with other meeting participants, do not try to score points by engaging in tactics to simply win the debate.
• When challenging another participant’s opinion, do not mention the person by name and try to avoid looking at them directly. Instead, when speaking, address the entire group. If you do need a focal point when speaking, use me as your focal point.
• When you are speaking and the moderator raises his / her hand, that means you have 10 seconds to wrap up what you were going to say. After you’ve wrapped up, the moderator has the floor.
• You do not need to raise your hand before speaking, but if you are having a challenge getting into the discussion, please raise your hand so that the moderator can call on you.
• The moderator will call on you if you have raised your hand, but not necessarily in a first-come-first-serve order. The goal is to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, so calling on people who have raised their hand will be done with this in mind.
• The moderator retains the right to raise his / her hand to pause the discussion at any point. The group is encouraged to help “police” this action. If the moderator has raised his / her hand and the one speaking doesn’t notice, the people sitting closest to the one speaking should politely make the speaker aware that it’s time to wrap up what he / she is saying.
• The three main reasons why the moderator pauses the discussion include: (1) to allow those those have raised their hands an opportunity to speak, (2) to prevent the discussion from getting overly heated / combative, (3) to pose a question, mostly with the intention moving the discussion along and / or keep the discussion focused on the topic at hand.
Direct Action Everywhere: People Who Love Animals
San Francisco, CA
Do you care about animals?
Come to a meet up! We host a variety of event including vegan pop-ups, weekly Saturday morning meet ups and vegan brunch, yoga, activists circles, protests, work parties, skill-building workshops, and much more!
Our community is growing every day, join us! Our events and community are open to anyone and everyone who cares about animals! So if you are vegan, an animal rights activist, vegetarian, or just interested in learning more, then you are welcome here!
Reach out to us if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
"Jewish Meeting Place" -- Come and Schmooze a while !!
Los Angeles, CA
Are you interested in exploring and creating diverse community? In a Jewish context? Volunteering together, talking politics, arguing philosophy? Maybe even a hike (urban or otherwise)? Exploring LA together and having FUN? Come join in!
Tired of the bar scene and big, intimidating events? Want to make easier connections? Then Jewish Meeting Place is for you! Aimed at creating a dynamic, vibrant interactive, and collaborative community of friends.
The general rule of thumb is if you would call yourself Jewish, . . . then you are Jewish enough to be here. Of if you for some reason have an affinity towards members of the tribe, . . . you are welcome too. We do not restrict by origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, shoe size, etc . . . In other words, . . . all are welcome.
As for events, . . . any event that offers the opportunity for quality social interaction is good, and please, . . . suggest or offer to host if you have an idea.
We might have more intimate events, such as game nights, mixers, day trips, and more. Events without the pressure! Come join the fun.
Clear face pic required of all members. Contact Organizers if this is an issue for you.
Lastly, . . . this meetup does try and collaborate. Often what is here is also shared to other meetups.
All the best in one place!
Think of this as Summer Camp for Adults.
In our digital world the more online, plugged in and connected we become the more disconnected we become from others. This group, with intention uses social medial to be Social in Real Life.
The mission of this group is its name.
Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality.
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. (William Butler Yeats )
EVERYONE IS WELCOME INTO THE GROUP!
This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to all. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!!
There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life.
Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed.
Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome!
In the interest of making events successful . . . I will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome.
Here are the basics of group rules.
Do NOT contact members who you have not met in real life.
Avoid Put Downs.
Speak For Yourself.
Listen To Others.
You Have The Option To Pass.
Expect Unfinished Business.
While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. Ladies: If a guy messages you please contact me. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Guys, . . . get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Wingman tactics and and Pickup artist tactics are similarly not allowed in this group. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members.
The rest of the rule are just good ways to live and be.
These rules apply here AND on like-minded sister groups.
Photo and Name: You are allowed to join with whatever name and whatever photo. HOWEVER the main organizers may request you change either name or photo a their discretion. Names that are products, promotional, advertisements are red flags that will be requested to change or be removed. If you are using a photo that is not your face, a current face photo may be requested. Here is the rule of thumb. Fake name and fake photo will be requested to change to a real photo and a real name or face removal. Real photo and fake name is usually fine. Fake photo and real name is usually fine.
IF you need to maintain privacy of both then contact the main organizers and just ask. That's all it takes usually.
All organizers on the group do have different set of rules.
The rules simplified.
• No Emailing (do not use the bulk email feature in any way)
• No outside links
• Great Copy
• Great Pix
• 4 weeks notice is best.
• List any money costs in the first 2 or 3 lines.
Not too many rules. Not too complicated. They all have to do with respect for the membership.
Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. 24-39 3000 20+ 30+ 50+ 60+ & under or over. We are just aiming at good community.
Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group?
Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders.
If so then you may be looking for us!
We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .
Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy.
We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, york Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.
A bigger majority of what we are cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine. And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.
Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say volunteer mingle? Let's DoLA or make a Timeout and TimeoutLA. LAist anyone?
So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.
By ethnicity we very much match the instagram ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more from across the global atlas.
Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA
And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes).
Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, tech Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent.
What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony.
This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule?
Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40. We do NOT accept SpeedDating or Speedating or whatever you call it. It's forbidden.
Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness.
We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties.
Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!! All of it is obscure or obscura.
So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group.
If you have made it this far. Then watch this and then, . . .get off social media and on meetup. The social part of social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEWnXmDfVZg
This group is also very Reddit and Redditor affiliated. As such redditors events will be doing activities that do involve meme memes dank redidit subeddit snu snoo lurker boardgames board gaming gamer video cardgames card cards against humanity computers anime internet upvote downvote vote secret santa harry potter wow world warcraft karma programming digg cheap low cost nsfw league legends wtf youtube hearthstone twitch csgo narwhals bacon bacons midnight overwatch lol bernie sanders front page reddiyt r/all homepage android apple iphone mac samsung s6 s7 s8 r mobile funny dota dota2 nba politics discussion pokemon aww askreddit app apps comicon comic con convention disneyland disney diy diablo rams dodgers raiders cosplay star trek wars trekkie scifi sci-fi science fiction gif troll thrones got comment comments ama til today i learned ask me anything steam pc independent yorker independents artemis jackbox jack box com firefly serenity citizen& something comedy urban nightlife foodies friendship sierra wine food drinks dining american ny karaoke
And the other members will have events involving cuisine recreation organizations snowboarding recreational fitness pubs eating culinary consciousness psychology philosophy growth conversation snowboarder theatre theater performances movies films creating galleries museums speak easy speakeasy opening nights music film festivals dancing street performance literature hikes greet tastings tours crawls outdoor activities beer * " ! +
left eclectic couple couples mel town mixing jason la professionals business lovers lover exercise referral hike boating boat hollywood adventurers ballet eow tips asian downtown dtla ladies lady socal oc orange county english esl korean strategy jewish yid yiddish jew hebrew catholic healthy california connect hot christian cute beach wednesday ivy south bay pasadena woodland hills men man male gay european realities parents americans newly inland empire southern thai japanese chinese vietnamese filipino service empowerment females female law badminton mountain biking cooking book zandra sub-culture holes-in-walls hidden haunts seminars art classes, 3,000 jan 2017 boutique twist organized welcome boxing line camping archery trivia architecture classes burlesque baseball beat flee kyaking chi early morning adventures skin walls deserts small venues farmers trips written spoken word soooo losangeles los angeles ucla usc cantonese westside west ass artistic arts citizen cook crafting dances dinning learning festival foodie girl jews mens organization snowboardingsocal tip wall hong kong
LA is made up of MANY smaller cites. Those living ANY of those cities are of course welcome in the group. They include: ventura thousand oaks monica silverlake san fernando valley, studio city beverly marina del rey redondo long barbara l.a. east eastside gabriel valley ventrua angeles, palos verdes peninsula, gateway cities, harbor region north crescenta portions conejo antelope clarita central: mid-wilshire northeast acton adams-normandie forest agoura agua dulce alhambra alondra park altadena crest arcadia arleta arlington heights artesia athens atwater village avalon avocado azusa central baldwin hills/crenshaw bel-air bell bellflower gardens grove beverlywood boyle bradbury brentwood broadway-manchester burbank calabasas canoga carson carthay castaic canyons alameda century cerritos charter oak chatsworth reservoir chesterfield square cheviot chinatown citrus claremont commerce compton covina cudahy culver cypress aire desert view highlands diamond downey duarte eagle rock mirada northwest echo elizabeth lake el monte segundo sereno elysian encino exposition fairfax pomona florence florence-firestone gardena glassell glendale glendora gramercy granada green meadows griffith hacienda hancock hansen dam harvard hasley canyon hawaiian hawthorne hermosa highland historic south-central huntington hyde industry inglewood irwindale jefferson koreatown k-town cañada flintridge montrose ladera habra balboa hughes terrace lakewood lancaster puente larchmont verne lawndale leimert lennox leona lincoln littlerock lomita lopez/kagel feliz lynwood malibu manchester manhattan mar vista mayflower maywood mid-city mid wilshire monrovia montebello montecito monterey mount washington northridge palmdale whittier norwalk mountains pacific palisades pacoima palms estates panorama paramount pico rivera robertson union playa porter ranch quartz hill ramona rancho dominguez reseda ridge route rolling rosemead rowland dimas marino pasqual pedro fe springs sawtelle sepulveda basin shadow sherman madre signal silver southeast gate jose stevenson sunland sun sylmar tarzana temple toluca topanga torrance tujunga unincorporated catalina island susana universal university valinda glen val verde van nuys venice vermont knolls vermont-slauson verdugos vernon veterans administration park-windsor vincent walnut watts adams westchester westlake westmont whittier-los nietos westwood narrows willowbrook wilmington windsor winnetka
Santa Clara County Libertarian Party
Santa Clara, CA
We are actively involved in addressing local resolutions, participating in our community with philanthropic efforts, and support Libertarian candidates running for offices that effect our region. This is the official MeetUp page for the Santa Clara County Libertarian Party. We welcome everyone interested in Libertarian issues, libertarian views, and current local politics to join us at our events. We offer a friendly environment where we encourage thoughtful and respectful discussions and debates.
Neoliberal Sillicion Valley
The Neoliberal Project's home in Silicon Valley and the South Bay! We aim to be a discussion forum for people who believe in free people and free markets, open borders and social safetey net. We're tech optimist, ecomodernist; believe in pragmatism over populism. Multifamily Housing and Taco Trucks on every corner!
Indivisible Beach Cities
Redondo Beach, CA
We ARE “Indivisible Beach Cities” a friendly, eclectic AND effective group of women (and some men) who want to be more politically astute, be more effective politically and better connected with our communities. Until the 2018 mid-term elections, many of us hadn’t been politically active, so we are learning AND DOING. We believe, as does the #Indivisible movement, the coming years will see an unprecedented movement of Americans rising up across the country to protect our liberal values, our neighbors, and ourselves. We are committed to open communication and the building of a more just society through our local elected representatives while exerting national influence and addressing systemic injustice and racism. We adhere to the principles of nonviolence.
We have small semi-monthly meetings (10-20) at local private homes where we discuss & plan group actions, educate ourselves about the issues and build interpersonal relationships. Some of us are also part of larger groups and organizations fighting to preserve our democratic values (e.g. Indivisible South Bay, Swing Left, South Bay Cares, etc) and they help keep us informed of activist opportunities.
We hope you'll join us in making a difference – locally, nationally, globally!
This group was born out of the Women's March movement as a way to continue the conversations kicked off by the massive nationwide protest march on January 21, 2017. It has since bloomed into something all its own (see above).
WOMEN'S MARCH GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, which are defined as follows:
Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.
Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.
Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.
Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.
Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.
Peninsula Feminist Reading and Social Club
San Carlos, CA
Our group was formerly know as the "Peninsula Feminist Book Club." We have expanded to include the other types of reading we do (articles, etc.) and social activities.
We welcome everyone who cares about feminist concerns and wants to increase the impact of feminism in the world. During interactions, please be respectful of the voices of people with less privileges than yourself. We also recognize that some words we've inherited are unfair, such as addressing groups of two or more people as "guys" and "you guys," and appreciate the use instead of truly inclusive terms such as "everyone," "everybody," "you all," etc. to address group members.
We recognize that each of us will have a different perspective to add to discussions. No one person's opinion or perspective is the "right" one. We recognize that hearing different perspectives will add to our own pool of knowledge.
The books and articles we read are resources. We also talk about other subjects related to feminism and gender equity.
This is also a place where you can share your radical ideas. When a member wants to share an idea or observation that feels vulnerable to share, that member can ask beforehand to be listened to only. Other members then will not share their different opinions at that time and instead be a witness to the courage of that member.
Below are some of the books we've read. We also read articles and other material.
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler
Why I am Not a Feminist by Jessa Crispin
The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy by Allan G. Johnson
Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society by Cordelia Fine
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All by Carolyn Gerin, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jamia Wilson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
So Cal Flat Earth Meetup Group
North Hollywood, CA
Greater Los Angeles area Flat Earth support community. A non-secular, organically based non political truthers who unite by meeting in person and standing proud for what we believe... driven and determined to fix the perception of the masses that the flat earth is some kind of joke. Both Scientist and Skeptics are welcome to come watch us as mingle as peaceful advocates for the truth on the streets of Southern California. #flatearthanonymous
Cocktails With Conservatives
As a recent transplant from the belly of the beast, AKA Silicon Valley, to South Reno, I am PASSIONATE about politics, because I have watched the slow decline of CA into a socialist state. (Big reason why we left) I started a group by the same name in Silicon Valley to have a safe space for "conservatives in the closet" to come out and meet each other in liberal land and it was a big success! And it still is, but I left to hopefully come to NV and make a difference in a state where it is actually still possible to keep the state RED. So I want to get this group going in Reno as well because good things happen when we get together. We have a very important election coming up in 2020 and NV needs the republicans to win back State Assembly seats to reverse the Democrats attack on the 2nd amendment, raise of fuel taxes (with RINO votes) and pass a host of radical new laws! SO,...Who are we? College/Young/Old/Male/Female/Gays/Latinos/Jews/Black Republicans and Independents wanting to talk politics, have a drink(or not), meet new people, network, and *hopefully* volunteer during campaign season! #blexit #jexodus #walkaway What we do? Meet once a month at somebody's home, or a room at a bar/restaurant (suggestions welcome) to talk politics, all while having fun in a positive environment meeting like minded people. Why join us? To make sure we are educating people on the devastating effects of the Democrat's fiscal policies that could sink this great state! Come to keep up to date on what is going on in state and national politics minus the fake news bias. Cost: NOTHING Looking forward to meeting you!
Beverly Hills Conservative Club
Los Angeles, CA
Welcome! We are for all Conservatives, Independents and Republicans who believe in the Constitution, a free press, self-reliance and non-shady politicians. We're an awesome group!
Here are our rules:
1. Please keep comments short and informative. Keep complaints about the current political climate to a minimum.
2. We believe in free speech but not in nonproductive speech. We will eject anyone who is disrespectful.
3. Please be aware of how much you speak vs. others. No one person should verbally dominate the group.
4. We will start with good news and information for the group
5. Everyone is expected to spend at least $20/pp to support our venue. Please bring cash or use Venmo/Zelle to split the bill with other members.
Bay Area Seasteading Socials
Mountain View, CA
Meet other people interested in seasteading (homesteading the high seas) to talk, network, and brainstorm. Seasteaders believe that it's time to stop arguing about political systems and start trying them out on a small scale, most likely on floating platforms in international waters. Learn more at http://seasteading.org/
Sacramento Politics and Philosophy Group
This is a group for those in the Sacramento area who like to discuss politics and philosophy. We have all had different experiences in life, but we always find that political issues are very relevant to our lives and we want to discuss these issues with others. These days, political discussions are sometimes constructive, but unfortunately they often become hostile when people with differing views are in the same room. It is important for us all to hear views other than our own from time to time, and there has to be a way to have honest, thoughtful discussions on issues important to our lives while keeping the discussion calm and polite. In this discussion group, we try to avoid being overly biased when presenting opinions and we will also work to avoid use of fallacies in making points. We expect that there will be differences of opinion, but as long as we keep a philosophical mindset these discussions should not descend into hostility. Many of us also like to discuss philosophical topics and we will have time for this as well and we will probably find that most philosophical concepts have real-world applications, including political. So this discussion group will hover between these two subjects, and we might even at times focus on other subjects as well.
North Bay Public Policy Book Group
A bimonthly conversation group about a public policy topic, informed by the reading of a book or longer essay. Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm, at a private residence in Sebastopol, CA. Participants bring a beverage or a dessert, a copy of the reading and a few conversation questions. Session size is restricted to 8 participants, so select a book and sign up when there are still seats available.
Racists Anonymous is for anyone looking for group support to root out racism in themselves, to learn from one another, and to exchange old behaviors for new ones.
RA is based on the Alcoholic Anonymous model of recovery. In RA, we adapt AA's 12 Steps to promote an awareness of the racism -- along with our conscious and unconscious addiction to racism -- that seems to be an inherited part of our make-up as human beings. It focuses on our need for internal transformation and healing -- with the loving help of a Higher Power -- as a personal foundation for lasting systemic change.
As with other 12-Step programs, anonymity is RA's spiritual foundation. What is said and what happens at an RA meeting, stays at the meeting.