November 5


05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

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Crossing Party Lines: Portland, OR

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How many times have we had an in-depth conversation with someone, only to discover that during that conversation, despite using the same words, we were talking about different things? Frequently these days, it seems that liberals and conservatives use different words for the same thing, or the same words for different things. In fact, do the words “liberal” and “conservative” mean different things to different people?

One of the core tenets of Crossing Party Lines-style dialogue is to make no assumptions. It can be problematic to assume you understand the meaning of even some of the most basic terms. At this meeting we will work towards compiling a list of words we consider to be most easily misconstrued or misinterpreted.

Please help us prepare for this meeting. Before we meet, use this poll to submit words that you have noticed get in the way of communication and understanding. Vote on three to five words you would most like to talk about in the meeting.

(This topic was selected by CPL Members through our #VirtualDemocracy Poll! — Thank you to all who participated)

Pre-read Material:
– Red Blue Dictionary | A human look at hot-button terms from every perspective
– Red Blue Dictionary by category (
– Understanding the US political divide, one word cloud at a time (
– Sad! Drifting word meanings may be creating two different political languages (

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