Dear Crossing Party Lines Community,
Crossing Party Lines as an organization has an unwavering commitment to stand against all forms of human indignity.
After the nation witnessed the heart wrenching murder of George Floyd, there was a moment in time when we as a nation were united in our horror. As we watched, we were not concerned about our politics, but about our human condition.
Now, we find ourselves bitterly divided again. Our communities are in flames, metaphorically and literally. Our nation is split by our vastly different interpretations of the meaning behind this event.
Reflecting on what gives way to polarization and civil unrest, we uncover the consequences of not truly listening to each other or having difficult conversations. Isn’t it time we listen?
Crossing Party Lines was born from the belief that democracy thrives when we leverage the strength that comes from hearing all perspectives. We are here to support one another in listening to our fellow Americans with the intent of understanding our respective experiences — the pains, the traumas, the concerns that shape our worldviews. This is the first step in healing our country’s divide and navigating to a better future.
During these sensitive times, we want to reaffirm our commitment to provide spaces for you to have difficult, yet necessary conversations that can inspire hope, possibility, and action for the greater public good. We will continue to provide opportunities for you to hear our citizens many perspectives and experiences around racism, free speech, abuse of power, the right to protest, injustice, and more.
We understand that listening is not an easy task, especially in times like these, but for our nation to grow past the tensions that divide us, listen we must.
Over the next several days, we will be unveiling plans to focus our conversation around difficult topics that are too often avoided. Our hope is that our community feels supported, seen, and appreciated as we move forward together.
Yours in solidarity,
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Co-Founder, Board Chair
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