What we're about

Here is your chance to move the water cooler at work out amongst the rest of the world. This multi-partisan group will talk about everything from politics to religion to race; the things that you aren't supposed to talk about in public.

We are about the sharing of ideas and points of view. Points of view which will likely be different from views you currently hold. The goal is not to solve anything, but to leave the Meetup with a better understanding of how someone who hold beliefs completely opposite from you can come to their conclusions. This requires disagreement, but respect for other people and the acknowledgement that they are completely entitled to the views they hold.

So bring your brain and your passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home. It is encouraged that we all leave as friends, but required that we don't leave as enemies. For this group to succeed, it is important that we have a diverse group of people from conservatives to liberals; from believers to non believers, etc. We need different nationalities, ethnicities and religions that come from all walks of life.

Caution: If you are a hothead, this is not the group for you. You won't enjoy the Meetup and neither will we. Besides, there are plenty of what I call "Lovefest groups" out there that are willing support your already held beliefs. This is a "Learnfest!" So come test your views on politics, heaven and hell, the best positions for making love, affirmative action, etc...what you learn should and could be fun!

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The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Mid-Month Meetup

Online event

$2.00

***Change of Venue*** I am sorry for the late notice again, but I just found out that Fallon's is closed on Sunday's. This will have to be an online Meetup! As usual there is a lot to talk about. You can all look forward to the regular appearance of the "Flying 800 Pound Gorilla." The egg timer that can't seem to keep time and the "One Minutes." "One Minutes" are an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and tell us for approximately one minute, what is on your mind. You can talk for one minute or less about anything from a hang nail that's been bothering you, to your explanation of the meaning of life, but you only have one minute. Remember the rules: Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home. Be respectful to everyone during discussions. If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend. Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can. We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies. Here are some examples of the topics we could explore: Should Joe Biden Debate Donald Trump at all? Who should Joe Biden pick as his VP? How is Vote-by-Mail supposed to work? What do you think about the bikers who went to Sturgis South Dakota for the annual biker's event? Do you really want the Democrats to run the country the way they run New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Minnesota, Seattle & Portland? Is anyone asking DJT what he's going to do with another four years? I went to https://www.donaldjtrump.com/ to find out what his plans are for the future and I DIDN'T FIND ANY!!! There's a saying in the black community that "we have to work twice as hard to get half as far." If that's entirely true, where is the energy best spent? Is it better spent trying to change that reality or actually working four times as hard to get equally as far? Or is it some combination of both? Kim Gardner is in again as Circuit Attorney. Is anybody planning on moving out of the city? Or is she doing the right thing being an activist CA? Have you gotten your Coronavirus test? Do you know how? Where? How long did you have to wait for results? What do you miss the most as a result of these shutdowns? I look forward to talking to you all. Glenn Beavers is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe August Mid-Month Time: Aug 9,[masked]:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3049132407?pwd=VWNMZVgwL1gwQVdZV292L1g2SkZmdz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: IYDTAC One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,568662# US (Germantown) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,568662# US (Chicago) Dial by your location [masked] US (Germantown) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Tacoma) Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kpecanxMy Glenn

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Monthly Meetup

Location visible to members

$2.00

This Meetup is about the sharing of ideas in a public and open forum where participants can come to learn and teach. In order for people to feel comfortable expressing their, what may be controversial, views we aim to create an environment that is not absent passion, but is cordial to people who may even have extreme views. It is incumbent upon all participants to contribute in fostering that environment. The Meetup is divided into three consecutive sessions: I. One Minutes - An icebreaker. We go around the room and ask each person to state their first name and then talk about anything that is on their mind for approximately one minute. II. Topical discussion - The heart of the Meetup where we put a topic on the table and ask those who choose to share any opinion or idea around the topic. We informally toss around a stuffed animal which serves as a "talking stick." When you have it in your possession you have the floor. We loosely spend about 15 minutes on each topic depending on the number of people in attendance. This is not the time for debate, but there is room for anyone to ask some clarifying questions of the speaker in order to better understand their point of view. The goal is not to change minds in this section, but to give those minds food for thought. III. Meetup after the Meetup - This is the end of the "formal" Meetup and where the healthy debate can take place. With smaller groups we passionately argue things that we may have talked about in topical discussion to everything else on the planet. Some say this is the best part and some people loathe the passion and the volume. Some leave before or during this part and others show up just for it. It can last for hours. If there are rules to this Meetup, these are them: BE RESPECTFUL TO EVERYONE regardless of their views on any subject. Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home. If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend. Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can. We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies. As usual there is a lot to talk about. Here are some of the topics we could explore: Do you take your relationship(s) for granted? Can that be a good thing? Should your children take your love for granted? Does President Trump really want a second term? What makes you think so? Was President Trump taking to foreign officials about a political rival an impeachable offense? The Black New Channel is launching in November of this year. What do you think about that? The Chairman is former GOP Congressman J.C. Watts. What happens if all the fears that have been foretold come true with respect to climate change? Will our children experience a drastically different world than the one we live in now? If so, will that world be necessarily better or worse? Or just different? Warren has passed up Biden in a national poll. Is this a good thing? Is talking about religion becoming unfashionable? I look forward to talking to you all. Glenn

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Mid-Month Meetup

Fallon's Bar & Grill

$2.00

As usual there is a lot to talk about. You can all look forward to the regular appearance of the "Flying 800 Pound Gorilla." The egg timer that can't seem to keep time and the "One Minutes." "One Minutes" are an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and tell us for approximately one minute, what is on your mind. You can talk for one minute or less about anything from a hang nail that's been bothering you, to your explanation of the meaning of life, but you only have one minute. Remember the rules: Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home. Be respectful to everyone during discussions. If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend. Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can. We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies. Here are some examples of the topics we could explore: Do you agree that it is inappropriate to comment on someone's appearance in the workplace? Do you think the redacted Mueller report will have anything more to offer to the investigation of Russia? Is AG Barr partisan or the adult in the room? What's wrong with him looking into "spying" on the Trump campaign? Is there a crisis at the border? Does the future president's marital status or sexual orientation have anything to do with how they'll govern? How do we keep the growing divisions in the country civil? Is there a way to discuss "the issues you shouldn't talk about in public" in a civil manner? What do you think of the statement: "Some of these young people are so socially challenged that sometimes the first time they have a real intimate social interaction with another person they may also have a gun in their hand?" What do you think of the statement: "My mother once told me: 'Every time you forgive him, he will love you a little more, but you will stop loving him, so the day he loves you the most you will not feel anything for him anymore?'" Is there any truth or wisdom to that statement? Alderman Bosley of the St. Louis 3rd ward has proposed calling the Missouri National Guard to help quell the violence that is expected to ramp up as the temperatures warm up. Good idea? Does the implementation of a mandatory requirement that all children should be vaccinated affect your views on the childhood vaccination debate? I look forward to talking to you all. Glenn

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Monthly Meetup

Location visible to members

$2.00

This Meetup is about the sharing of ideas in a public and open forum where participants can come to learn and teach. In order for people to feel comfortable expressing their, what may be controversial, views we aim to create an environment that is not absent passion, but is cordial to people who may even have extreme views. It is incumbent upon all participants to contribute in fostering that environment. The Meetup is divided into three consecutive sessions: I. One Minutes - An icebreaker. We go around the room and ask each person to state their first name and then talk about anything that is on their mind for approximately one minute. II. Topical discussion - The heart of the Meetup where we put a topic on the table and ask those who choose to share any opinion or idea around the topic. We informally toss around a stuffed animal which serves as a "talking stick." When you have it in your possession you have the floor. We loosely spend about 15 minutes on each topic depending on the number of people in attendance. This is not the time for debate, but there is room for anyone to ask some clarifying questions of the speaker in order to better understand their point of view. The goal is not to change minds in this section, but to give those minds food for thought. III. Meetup after the Meetup - This is the end of the "formal" Meetup and where the healthy debate can take place. With smaller groups we passionately argue things that we may have talked about in topical discussion to everything else on the planet. Some say this is the best part and some people loathe the passion and the volume. Some leave before or during this part and others show up just for it. It can last for hours. If there are rules to this Meetup, these are them: BE RESPECTFUL TO EVERYONE regardless of their views on any subject. Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home. If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend. Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can. We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies. As usual there is a lot to talk about. Here are some of the topics we could explore: Do you take your relationship(s) for granted? Can that be a good thing? Should your children take your love for granted? Does President Trump really want a second term? What makes you think so? Was President Trump taking to foreign officials about a political rival an impeachable offense? The Black New Channel is launching in November of this year. What do you think about that? The Chairman is former GOP Congressman J.C. Watts. What happens if all the fears that have been foretold come true with respect to climate change? Will our children experience a drastically different world than the one we live in now? If so, will that world be necessarily better or worse? Or just different? Warren has passed up Biden in a national poll. Is this a good thing? Is talking about religion becoming unfashionable? I look forward to talking to you all. Glenn

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