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.
Palo Alto National and International Affairs Discussion
Palo Alto, CA
This group is devoted to professionals in the National and International Affairs community, to grow, interact, and learn from each other. It is designed to provide a professional environment to meet other National and International Affairs professionals to broaden one's career. It is also for those interested in International Affairs careers and are studying or intend to enter the dynamic world of global development. This is a group to discuss current affairs - both national and international. Possible areas to discuss include current national policy options, economics, international affairs, and general political theory relevant to current times. The discussions could focus on a specific topic, discussion of a book, or magazine (e.g. Foreign Affairs) article. In addition to regular discussions, we also coordinate cultural exchanges, international cuisine events, author presentations, social/professional networking events, and guest lectures. Please be aware that we are a discussion group, not a political action group. All points of view are welcome. Whether you are self-employed or work for a business, whether you are from US, UK, Europe, Africa, the Islands, South America with a strong connection to a foreign country or passion for other cultures, this meetup is for you! We want to see this group grow from a social networking group to a close-knit community of international people. This group is also devoted towards to the goal of building a vibrant international community in Stanford, and providing a place for individuals to connect and engage with global events. Our vision is a globally informed, engaged, and active Stanford community that welcomes diverse perspectives and connects through a sincere desire to contribute to our shared future. The group membership is free of charge, and the events will be free as well. Welcome! Our website page link: [http://vendrovmedia.com/](http://vendrovmedia.com/) Our Facebook page link: [https://www.facebook.com/VendrovConsulting](https://www.facebook.com/VendrovConsulting)
Crossing Party Lines: San Francisco 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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Palo Alto US-Russia Relations Meetup
Palo Alto, CA
This is a group to discuss current US-Russia relations. Possible areas to discuss include international affairs, and general political theory relevant to current times. The discussions could focus on a specific topic, discussion of a book, or magazine (e.g. Foreign Affairs) article. Please be aware that we are a discussion group, not a political action group. All points of view are welcome. Russia and the United States maintain one of the most important, critical, and strategic foreign relations in the world. Both nations have shared interests in nuclear safety and security, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and space exploration. On December 25, 1991, the United States recognized the Russian Federation as the successor to the Soviet Union and established diplomatic relations on December 31, 1991. The United States has long sought a full and constructive relationship with Russia. The most important national security issue in the world today is the relationship between America and Russia. As a result, there is a need for mature and intelligent relations between America and Russia. Despite the significant and legitimate disagreements complicating US-Russian relations, there are areas of clear US-Russian mutual interest that could help improve relations. A sustained and broad-based dialogue on constructive common-interest cooperation between the United States and Russia may help to strengthen commitment to, and vest both sides in, a more stable and constructive bilateral relationship. While our governments may not always agree, pursuing cooperation in areas of clear interest alignment benefits both our two countries and brings greater stability to the global community. Добро пожаловать! Welcome! Our website page link: [http://vendrovmedia.com/](http://vendrovmedia.com/) Our Facebook group link: Russian\-American Relations \| Facebook \( [https://www.facebook.com/groups/608005619252170](https://www.facebook.com/groups/608005619252170) ) Our Facebook page link: [https://www.facebook.com/VendrovConsulting](https://www.facebook.com/VendrovConsulting)
Improving Society - Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
We apply creativity and lively discussion to the challenge of identifying ways to improve everyone's quality of life. What are the bold ideas that could make life better for everyone? We discuss: public policy, the form and process of government at all levels (local, state, national, international), constitutions, economic systems, individual and neighborhood and private sector initiatives, societal performance measures, what humans want, the role and purpose of government, visions of a better future and how to get there, etc.
While the U.S. is the default focus, we also explore ideas for humanity as a whole, make international comparisons, consider international effects such as trade and human migration and globalization, look for and discuss best practices from around the world, consider the opportunities and constraints of international cooperation, etc. We approach the challenge of improving society philosophically, psychologically, politically, and intentionally - as a project. We need members from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds who bring the broadest possible range of perspectives and ideas.
Above all, we have fun and meet interesting people while challenging our minds. And perhaps we can identify some ideas that eventually become reality, or at least inspire others to think and act more effectively.
During the pandemic we routinely meet online, but also offer in-person events when feasible. We are based in Walnut Creek, CA (near San Francisco) but welcome members from anywhere.
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
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.
OC Alliance for Racial Equity (OCARE)
We are a diverse group of individuals and organizations coming together to address the various racial inequities in Orange County. We have been educating ourselves on these issues and have partnered with like minded organizations already active in this space. Education and understanding is a lifelong effort but we are now ready to take action against racial inequities with the long term goal of effecting policy change. Join us for one of our meetings or events and please let us know if you have any questions. Private message any of the leaders on Meetup. Why Equity Matters An equitable region is one in which all residents, regardless of race/ethnicity or nativity, neighborhood of residence, or other characteristics, are fully able to participate in their region’s economic vitality, contribute to the region’s readiness for the future, and connect to assets and resources. Latest data analyses find that inequality hinders economic growth and prosperity, while greater economic and racial inclusion fosters economic mobility and stronger growth. This suggests that equity—full inclusion of all residents in the economic, social, and political life of the region, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, or neighborhood of residence—is essential for regional prosperity. Orange County Alliance for Racial Equity Participating Organizations: Church of the Foothills Humanist Association of Orange County (HAOC) Road to Jubilee Collective UU Church in Anaheim (UUCA) UU Congregation of Fullerton Social Action Committee (UUCFSAC) Affiliate Organizations: Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) Peace Builders of Orange County United Nations Association - Orange County (UNA-OC) Let us know if your group would like to join us! Disclaimer: Views expressed by individual events do not imply an endorsement by OCARE or individual participating organizations. The views and opinions expressed by any guest speaker, participant or outside organization are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of OCARE in general.
OC Political Solutions
The current framework of democracy is overly corrupt. We need to brainstorm and encourage innovative ways of governing. Our topics will range the entire gamut of philosophical thought to solutions. What can we do to change the trajectory of our civilization? From our nascent political ideas we want a peaceful revolution that will change our whole way of living to be freer, less afraid and more self-sustaining.
We are non-partisan and are open to listening to your ideas. Be prepared to defend them too!
Let’s discuss some solutions and thoughts that are out there:
Some quick economic primers: <br>https://youtu.be/mYpjqOnsT-I
Keynesian and Monetarist economics: How do they differ?
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.
East Bay Political Discussion Cafes
Walnut Creek, CA
The purpose of this group is 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.
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.
Support Group - Jews Dealing With Antisemitism
Los Angeles, CA
This is a grassroots, mutual support network for Jews struggling with the effects of antisemitism. Many of us have been bullied, assaulted, silenced, gaslit, delegitimized, and belittled. So often it happens in a way that those around us are not able or willing to see. It happens in full view but it is not seen. We need to make sure we see each other. The feelings evoked by antisemitism typically include: fear, hurt, anger, lack of support, even questioning one’s ability to objectively perceive our modern world. Whether experienced directly to your person, in a hostile atmosphere, while on social media, or as a witness to cultural or societal hate. * Do you feel safe appearing Jewish in public? * Do you censor yourself because you know what you say will lead to your exclusion? * Have you been marginalized? From political or fraternal spaces, at school or work, among friends and acquaintances. * Are you witnessing an escalation of antisemitism? * Do you feel the effects of intergenerational trauma? * Is there a place you felt at home where you no longer feel accepted, due to antisemitism. * Have you been subject to a litmus test because you’re a Jew? **MEETINGS** Our group meets twice weekly on Zoom. Meetings are in English and are peer-led. ***You must be a member in order to receive a link for meetings***. Meeting are held: * Tuesdays at 7:00PM (Pacific Time) * Sundays at 11:00am (Pacific Time)
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
LGBT Center and Right
This group is primarily meant to bring together folks in the area who are gay/bisexual/lesbian/transgender (or anyone else interested) and also fall more moderate/centrist or conservative/right of center on the political spectrum. We may be Democrats, Republicans, Independents, moderates, libertarians, Forward Party (cause that's a thing now), etc. There tends to be a presumption that left-leaning/progressive views constitute the default stance of LGBT folks (not to mention the Bay Area in general) and in some cases a lack of tolerance for those who depart from the political orthodoxy on any of a number of issues. This group seeks to create a space where people can make friends, speak their mind, and be open about their political views. No doubt lively debate & discussion will ensue, though the main goal is primarily social. That being said, participants may represent a wide range of political views, so you may meet others with opinions that differ from your own, perhaps even as relates to LGBT issues. A spirit of tolerance, curiosity, and open-mindedness is the only prerequisite.
RedHouse: Los Angeles Republicans & Conservatives
Los Angeles, CA
This group is a safe space for conservatives and Republicans in Los Angeles to network with like-minded individuals in a judgment free zone. All ages are welcomes. We hope you are able to connect with others in the community without cancellation for your ideologies and beliefs. The page will host both virtual and live events for those in Los Angeles.
Political Talk in the San Fernando Valley
This is a group for respectfully and passionately discussing all of the big issues of the day. We can talk about local, national, and global issues. Religion, politics, race, culture, sexuality, and all those subjects that you're not supposed to talk about are free game here. I would like to see a nice mixture of people that call themselves liberals, conservatives, and everything in between. You don't need a Ph.d in political science just an opinion and a good attitude. I live in the West Valley.
San Francisco Libertarian Party Meetup
San Francisco, CA
Are you concerned that we're losing our civil liberties? That the authorities are not respecting people's basic human rights? Tired of high taxes and fees and out-of-control government spending?
The Libertarian Party, the leading alternative political party in the United States, is based on a live-and-let-live approach to public policy that combines the tolerant social values of the left and the fiscally responsible values of the right.
We believe that you should be able to do what you want with your own time, money, body and justly acquired property, so long as it doesn't involve initiating force or fraud against others.
This Meetup is here for you to meet other Libertarians and freedom lovers in the San Francisco area, and provide opportunities to work together to help make our city – and the world – a freer place!
Thank you for checking us out, and we look forward to meeting you!