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. 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.

We understand the challenges that come with practicing social distancing, as well as its impacts on us and on our routines. This is why we are looking forward to kicking off virtual sessions to keep our members connected while we keep our community going.

Similar to our in-person discussions, our virtual sessions will be moderated discussions and skills trainings that you can participate in from home through “Zoom conference rooms” using your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a short video about the technology we use

As Americans and as a CPL Community, we are all in this together. CPL cares about each and every one of you and encourages everyone to remain thoughtful about caring for yourselves and protecting others. This includes using your best judgment as you stay current on developing guidance from the CDC and the World Health Organization.

We’re looking forward to seeing you virtually. Stay safe and healthy.


Lisa and Kareem, and the entire CPL team!

Upcoming Virtual Meetups

In a recent National Topic we explored the tensions between Nationalism and Globalism, asking where we can/should/do put our priorities — on our country or on the world as a whole? For this discussion we’ll look at our values — do we keep them to ourselves or spread them around the world? Why?

After taking some time to come to a shared understanding of what we mean by the terms Interventionism and Isolationism, we’ll dive into meatier questions such as:

  • What are the moral pros and cons of interventionism? Isolationism?
    Which approach to other countries best serves the needs of our own country?
    If we justify interventionism as being for “their own good,” how do we balance the needs of people in the countries we are trying to support with their need for self-governance?
    What conflicts/actions/inactions justify intervention in another country’s affairs?
    What roles do global governance organizations such as the UN, the WHO or the World Bank play in reducing the need for intervention by individual countries like the US, China, or Russia?

Tuesday, March 31st

10 PM Eastern /7 PM Pacific

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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.

Saturday, April 4th

1 PM Eastern /10 AM Pacific

The national #VirtualDemocracy poll this week seems certain to be about some aspect of the coronavirus, though we won’t know the winner until Sunday. Details will be posted here as soon after that as possible.

We’ll update this event page with the specific details for this National Conversation after the poll results are in.

Join the Crossing Party Lines discussion and have a voice in our Nation’s Conversation! People of all views are welcomed, appreciated, and heard.

Thursday, April 2nd

8 PM Eastern /5 PM 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.