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.

Ensuring that we have a safe, fair and trustworthy election experience is a priority we all share.  In fact, it is a foundational requirement for the entire realm of work we are all pursuing to strengthen our great nation.

That fact urges an enhanced patriotic duty on us all: To do whatever we can to support a positive midterms experience.  With this purpose in mind we urge you to visit Citizen Connect’s special midterm elections guide, which presents four essential, nonpartisan actions that every American citizen can take to make our 2022 midterms work: Register, Vote, Work The Polls and Get Out The Vote.  See it here.

Remember, the more you talk to people whose views are different to your own, the more you will know about the issues.  If you can’t make it to our meetings, we encourage you to check out  Yes, You CAN Talk Politics a workbook from Crossing Party Lines Co-Founder Lisa Swallow.  Or click the button below to download an excerpt from her book that introduces a new approach to listening in political conversation.

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.