Facebook: Social or Antisocial?

On October 5th, Frances Haugen, a former data scientist at Facebook, told Congress, “I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.” The information exposed by Haugen has led to cries for congressional action. Facebook has been advocating for some form of internet regulations for years, but can […]

Behind Our Votes: Self-Interest or the Right Thing?

Dick, who has no children, votes in favor of a school board levy that will increase his property taxes by 2%. Jane, who works at a minimum wage job, votes for a candidate who promises to fight against raising the minimum wage. How do we explain these choices?– Are they being manipulated and duped?– Are […]

Turkey & Politics

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? All the feasting, family and political talk? Join us to learn how to bring the Crossing Party Lines experience to your dinner table. We will: – Explore ways you can keep your conversations civil and respectful.– Work through a Turkey and Politics Cheat Sheet– Discuss random topics (whatever members choose) […]

Moderator Training Info Session

Do you ever wonder what it takes to run a Crossing Party Lines conversation? Are you curious to find out whether or not you have what it takes? Are you interested in taking your communication skills to the next level? Come to this info session and learn how Crossing Party Lines trains and supports our […]

Labor Shortage: Where Have All The Workers Gone?

Last year we saw the highest unemployment rate in history. Now, we’re seeing “The Great Resignation” – a record number of people quitting their jobs. While having a large number of job openings is good for anyone looking for work, going too long without filling those jobs can be bad for the economy. One intriguing […]

CLASSROOM: Exploring Science in Political Conversations

How do we talk about science when their science is “wrong?” In this workshop you will learn a new framework for talking about science in a civil, respectful way that lets participants explore how and where the disconnect is and how to get past it. This workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Swallow, Executive Director […]

Enforcing Laws Already on the Books

At previous meetings, members have pointed out that some of the issues we care most about (gun control, healthcare, immigration) might be less of a problem if we enforced the laws that are already on the books. In this meeting we’ll explore this more deeply and ask: • What are some of the laws not […]

Patriotism: What does it mean to you?

Merriam Webster defines patriotism as “love for or devotion to one’s country.” At the meet-up this week we’ll explore what patriotism means to each of us personally. We will reflect on the meanings of patriotism, based on our lived experience as Americans. We might find that we have more in common than we thought, or […]

Debt Limit: Economic Tool or Political Weapon?

Once again the U.S. must raise the debt limit or face financial crisis. Democrats and Republicans agree. So why is this topic in the news?For one thing, a large number of Americans are confused about what the debt limit is. When we are less informed, we are more easily manipulated and pushed toward anger. For […]

Title 42: Does It Keep Us Safe?

In the past few weeks, the Department of Homeland Security has struggled to keep up with the thousands of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers at the U.S. / Mexico border. While some seeking asylum are being admitted, many others are being deported to Haiti or to countries that are accepting them (e.g. Brazil and Chile) without […]