In response to COVID-19:

Dear Crossing Party Lines Family,

We hope you and your loved ones are taking care of yourselves and staying safe. In times like these, we are reminded of our shared humanity and vulnerability as individuals. We are also reminded of the impact of our government, the value of our civic engagement, and the strength of our perseverance as individuals and as a society.

In an effort to support social safety, CPL will be following the guidance issued by Centers of Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19, and will be temporarily cancelling our face-to-face discussions across the country.

Upcoming Virtual Meetups

Intro to Crossing Party Lines: Using Moral Foundations in Political Conversation

Moral Foundations Theory provides a framework for exploring moral decision making in a civil and respectful way. In this workshop we apply this framework to talking politics.

We begin by discussing each of the six foundations and getting a taste of how they can manifest differently in different people. This leads to exploring some of the tensions intrinsic within the foundations themselves, which opens the door to moving from the moral/immoral dichotomy to an appreciation of how interacting with people who are differently moral to us leads to a more nuanced view of any issue and eventually to better solutions.

The second half of this workshop introduces techniques designed to help you:
– recognize the moral underpinnings of your own views
– listen for indications that one or more of the six moral foundations is at play
– bring morality in a discussion in a non confrontational way

Before the workshop, we’ll email everyone registered a link to handouts you can download and print prior to the event.

Pre-read Material
We strongly encourage those who wish to attend to first attend one or both of our showings of Movie Night: Moral Foundations. If you cannot, please watch the following videos before the workshop:

Saturday, May 16, 2020

1 PM Eastern /10 AM Pacific

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Intro to Crossing Party Lines: Talking Politics

Civil, respectful discourse. Talking. Listening.

In CPL 101 we covered the basics of how to Listen Politics in a way that fosters connection and understanding. In this follow-up class we’ll share the secrets of Talking Politics in a way that invites others to listen rather than dares them to defend against your ideas or shut you down.

Talking politics refers to sharing your views in a way that supports dialogue instead of debate. Rather than the typical political speak we hear in the media and debates that is all about telling others how they should think, CPL’s approach to talking politics provides insight into why your political views make sense to you; it promotes curiosity, respect and connection and helps others understand how their views and yours can coexist without either of you being wrong or immoral.

But it is not easy, because we’re conditioned to defend our point of view rather than share it or share about ourselves. In this meetup we will practice skills that enable us to speak across our differences in a way that moves us all forward and deepens our understanding of where our views come from. We will explore strategies for overcoming communication barriers, and we will practice productive civil discourse.

There are no prerequisites for this course. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

1 PM Eastern /10 AM Pacific

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Supreme Court: Politics and Objectivity

The Constitution states that the President should appoint Supreme Court justices with the “advice and consent” of the Senate. Yet the picking of justices has become more partisan in recent decades. Scalia, Kennedy, and Ginsburg were confirmed with 98, 87, and 96 Senate votes, yet Gorsuch received only three democratic votes. In confirmations hearings, future justices take pains to reveal little of their views of Constitutional Law. What is the role of the Supreme Court? Has their selection process become too partisan? Does partisanship impact objectivity? Should the process change?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

8 PM Eastern /5 AM Pacific

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If you plan to participate in one of our virtual Meetups, please take a few minutes to watch this brief video about the technology we use.