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Palo Alto National and International Affairs Discussion

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto National and International Affairs Discussion

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: []( Our Facebook page link: [](

33 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.

84 members · Public

Palo Alto US-Russia Relations Meetup

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto 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: []( Our Facebook group link: Russian\-American Relations \| Facebook \( []( ) Our Facebook page link: [](

22 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.

87 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!


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 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.


177 members · Private

Democratic Socialists of America Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Democratic Socialists of America Los Angeles

Check us out on our website:

You should also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!




Working to make a better world possible. The best way to keep up with us is to sign-up for our mailing list on our website:

Please RSVP for events on the site calendar:

That's the best way to get updates about events.

Our chapter is comprised of 3 branches and several committees. We host monthly neighborhood hangouts, we have chapter meetings nearly every month, and we organize plenty of actions, forums, other events throughout the year. Again, please visit and learn more there.


The Democratic Socialists of America is a grassroots, multi-tendency*, socialist organization committed to the radical deepening of democracy and freedom in every aspect of our lives. Our goal is a society liberated from oppression, using tactics rooted in a realistic understanding of how to build political power and challenge entrenched structures. With over 30,000 members, DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States and poised to be a significant force in the resurgence of a popular socialist movement.


The “multi-tendency” aspect of DSA means a willingness to accept people holding a wide variety of political views (tendencies) as allies and members.In other words, DSA is a “big tent” organization: within the context of political action in the United States, DSA may make common cause with leftists and progressives of all stripes. 


The Democratic Socialists of America is not a political party, nor is it a movement that has a narrow, unchanging view of how to achieve our collective political goals.


The principal goal of DSA is the complete elimination of capitalist modes of economic organization and all interrelated forms of oppression. DSA members typically believe that capitalism is inseparable from racism, misogyny, ableism, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, classism, and the myriad intersecting forms of oppression we experience and witness on a daily basis. Democratic socialists believe that our economy and society should exist not to make profits for a few, but to meet human needs and foster true equality.

All of our chapter’s members are volunteers. We are workers, students, and retirees. We are various ages, races, and genders. We have diverse backgrounds,interests, and skills. We engage with the work, contributing our time and labor each as we are able. Some are veteran activists and some of us are just beginning.We share a vision of a just and equitable society, and we are building power across Los Angeles (and beyond!) to achieve that vision.





381 members · Private

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.


(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.

129 members · Private

Support Group - Jews Dealing With Antisemitism

Beverly Hills, CA

Support Group - Jews Dealing With Antisemitism

This is a grassroots, mutual support network for Jews and their allies 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 3 times weekly on Zoom.  Meetings are in English and are peer-led. ***You must be a member in order to view Zoom links for meetings***.   Meeting are held: * Tuesdays at 7:00PM (Pacific Time) * Thursdays at 11:30AM (Pacific Time), 7:30PM (London Time) * Sundays at 11:00am (Pacific Time)

27 members · Private