Afghanistan Withdrawal: Success or Failure?

While a huge percentage of the US population has strong feelings and opinions about the recent withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the political lines for this particular issue are not nearly as clearly drawn as for most of the issues facing America today. There are people who are critical of Biden for the way he […]

Precedents: Will Texas SB-8 change the way we enforce laws?

On Sept 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to block Texas’s new abortion law, Senate Bill 8. While this action has re-awakened the pro-life and pro-choice debate, many people are equally concerned about the way the law was written. It shifts the responsibility for identifying and prosecuting individuals involved in abortions […]

INFO SESSION – Volunteers: We’ve got a job for you!

NOTE: Because we are a national nonprofit operating in multiple time zones, we will be holding two Info Sessions. Please come to whichever works best for you. You’ve heard us say it: Crossing Party Lines is 100% volunteer run and donation supported. We’ve had people ask, “But you’re just talking, what is there for volunteers […]

INFO SESSION – Volunteers: We’ve got a job for you!

NOTE: Because we are a national nonprofit operating in multiple time zones, we will be holding two Info Sessions. Please come to whichever works best for you. You’ve heard us say it: Crossing Party Lines is 100% volunteer run and donation supported. We’ve had people ask, “But you’re just talking, what is there for volunteers […]

Ballot Box: New Laws, More Trust?

Voting is one of the pillars of our democracy and trust in our voting system is key to the smooth transition of power between administrations. Last month, members met to discuss their concerns about current voting regulations, laws, and processes. In this second meetup in our series on voting, we will look at new legislation […]

WORKSHOP: Listening Politics

Stop arguing politics and start listening politics. Learn to cultivate curiosity, connect, and set the tone for a civil, respectful conversation with CPL’s advanced listening techniques. ABOUT CPL Workshops Get the training you need to effectively cross party lines. Crossing Party Lines provides a series of FREE classes teaching the skills we use to talk […]

COVID Worker Mandates: What’s at Stake?

In the past few weeks, many private and governmental organizations have announced that they will require workers to get the COVID vaccination or else face “consequences up to and including separation from employment.” Americans are expressing many different concerns. Some see these mandates as the best way to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control while […]

Politics in the Park

Please join us for Crossing Party Lines’ first in-person meeting since the beginning of COVID. We’ll be meeting in Sellwood Park in Southeast Portland to give us lots of room to spread out. Wearing a mask is at your discretion, but please be prepared to respect other people’s feelings of safety. The official meeting runs […]

Ballot Box: What worries YOU?

Voting is one of the pillars of our democracy and trust in our voting system is key to the smooth transition of power between administrations. This year, legislators in various states and in Congress have been proposing and enacting changes – some restrictive, some expansive – to the ways voters can cast their ballots. Among […]

Replaced by a Robot: How to Prepare for Job Loss?

First, it was mechanization. Then, it was outsourcing. The next big threat to American jobs is artificial intelligence and the proliferation of robots that are cheaper and more effective at our jobs than we are. In this meeting we’ll brainstorm ways we, as a country, might prepare for large scale job loss. If we plan […]