We May Not Be What People Think We Are
People come to Crossing Party Lines events for various reasons:
- To share their views.
- To learn about the issues.
- To see if it’s possible to talk about the issues of the day with people whose views are diametrically opposed to their own.
How they leave our meetings is a different story. They tell us they:
- Want more.
- Feel more hopeful.
- Finally feel heard.
- Recognize they are not alone.
People ask me, “Would you allow a Nazi or a member of the KKK to attend your meetings?” My answer is a resounding “Yes!” And I follow up with. “But I would let them know that the same rules apply to them as to everyone else and they must the treat everyone present with civility and respect.”
Why yes? Because studies have shown that people are drawn to fringe groups not out of hatred, but out of loneliness. The best, perhaps ONLY way to bring them back into the fold is to provide them with a community where they the are seen, heard, and respected. As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said,
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
People think Crossing Party Lines is all about politics. I’d like you to know that is wrong.
Political differences have become the largest, most insidious wedge between us today, tearing families, friendships, and even working relationships apart; filling the rift it creates with hatred, fear, and despair.
Our original mission and vision statements did not make this as clear as we intended, so we are reworking them with the hope that we will give our members, volunteers, and supporters and understanding of just how important our work is.
Original Mission Statement:
Original Vision Statement:
We haven’t yet settled on our new mission and vision statements, but here’s what we’ve come up with so far:
We invite you, our members, friends, followers, volunteers, and supporters, to weigh in with your thoughts. Crossing Party Lines grew out of community and will continue to evolve through community – Through your involvement and vision.
Share your thoughts. Email me at Lisa@CrossingPartyLines.com.