January 6, 2021 showed us just how polarized America has become.
We need to talk if we ever hope to understand one another.
Crossing Party Lines is here to unite us and help America live and work together again.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. "
- Abraham Lincoln

Have a conversation that brings America together. 

Crossing Party Lines makes it possible for you to talk and connect with Americans who see the world differently.  Our goals are to increase tolerance, build community, and encourage civic cooperation.

Every week, we discuss important and controversial topics. Participation is open to all, with or without membership. You decide which topics interest you, then sign up on Meetup to attend.

Crossing Party Lines is excited to be an America Talks 2022 partner and wants to invite YOU to participate! America Talks (April 21 & 23) welcomes Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs to connect one-on-one or in small groups, face-to-face on video (like zoom). The event begins with a livestream that will welcome you and thousands of other Americans to the next phase of the bridging movement and will provide you all you need to know to have a successful conversation. Through the livestream, we’ll even be sharing out ideas and results from the conversations with Members of Congress.

Ready to raise your voice with other problem solvers? Sign up today: AmericaTalks.us

p.s. Do you have a story about the bridging work you’ve been doing? YOU could be featured as a Face of the Movement. After you register, fill out the survey and check the box at the end to get all the deets!

America Talks is a stress-free opportunity to see if bridging the divide is right for you.  If you’re the kind of person who prefers to read before you leap, we encourage you to check out  Yes, You CAN Talk Politics a workbook from Crossing Party Lines Co-Founder Lisa Swallow.  Or download an excerpt from her book that introduces a new approach to listening in political conversations by clicking the button below.

Who Attends?

Americans from all walks of life representing the full political spectrum.

  • Some align fully within their designated party, while others identify based on values and topics.
  • Within party affiliation, many participants self-identify along the spectrum of conservative, moderate, liberal, or progressive.
  • Yet others self-identify along the spectrum dependent on the topic, for example, fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
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Why cross party lines?

Here’s what our members tell us:

  • “Coming to CPL meetings gives me a broader, more nuanced understanding of the issues.”
  • “I love having a chance to learn and practice skills that help me talk with my friends and family members, even the ones that don’t vote like me.”
  • “When I come, I am reminded that most Americans aren’t as crazy as the media makes them out to be.”
  • “I like being part of a community that doesn’t judge based on party views.”
  • “I  feel more hopeful.”
  • “I think it helps me be a better person.”


See for yourself what CPL members have talked about in the past.

Check out our podcast, “The Conversation,” to hear real Americans talking about the issues of the day. 

View video testimonials from Crossing Party Lines members across the nation.