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Stanford US-Russia Relations Meetup

Stanford, CA

Stanford US-Russia Relations Meetup

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/

Our Facebook group link: Russian-American Relations | Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/608005619252170 )

Our Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/VendrovConsulting

6 members · Public

Improving Society - Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, CA

Improving Society - Walnut Creek

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.

69 members · Public

Crossing Party Lines: San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco, CA

Crossing Party Lines: San Francisco Bay Area

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.

60 members · Public

Indivisible Beach Cities

Redondo Beach, CA

Indivisible Beach Cities



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!

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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.

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174 members · Private

Cocktails With Conservatives

Reno, NV

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!

205 members · Public

East Bay Political Discussion Cafes

Walnut Creek, CA

East Bay Political Discussion Cafes

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.

DISCUSSION ETHOS

(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.

121 members · Private

Peninsula Feminist Reading and Social Club

San Carlos, CA

Peninsula Feminist Reading and Social Club

Hello Feminists,


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.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WMM2wBXASo-ZfkswPOzVj3anpzJVyjv7grrr4aEzfzg/edit#gid=0


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

214 members · Public