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We all have
a voice that
can make
a difference. 


We want the same things: fulfilling jobs, good health,
and a safe neighborhood to call home.
To achieve these things, we need to take action
and build supportive communities where we can
have open dialogue on topics that include: government,
politics, and our society. Creating connections locally is
our firststep in building supportive and trusting communities.


Upcoming Meetups    March 15 2018

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LOCAL TOPIC OF THE WEEK: PORTLAND:  •  March 15

VIRTUAL MEETUP: Fake News

Fake News” is real and it isn’t going away anytime soon.  Our challenge as engaged citizens is to learn how to navigate the vast amount of real and fake news at the tips of our fingers and all over our screens.  In this Virtual Meetup, we’ll attempt to unravel this difficult topic.  We’ll explore what fake news is, how to spot it, and how to reduce its negative impact on our lives.

This second Virtual Portland Meetup is an opportunity for participants who find it difficult to attend our face-to-face meetings to join the conversation.  We’ll be recording the meeting with the goal of showing CPL in action to anyone who is curious to see what we’re all about.  
 

How to connect

An email will be sent, along with the conference URL link, on the day of the meeting.
You may sign on via laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone.
Please find a quiet location from which to participate.

Important to know

This meetup will be recorded. Participants must join the conversation using a device equipped with a camera.
If you are uncomfortable with being recorded, please do not register for this event.
An email/waiver form will sent to participants who register, and the form must be signed and returned to CPL. 

 

Portland - March 15

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, March 15  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  

 

Upcoming Meetups - March 4 - 10  2018

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NATIONAL TOPIC OF THE WEEK  •  March 4 - 10

Tragedy:
How Does America Respond?

When tragedy strikes, as it did recently in Parkland, Florida, America responds with an outpouring of love and support.
And then the media and politicians step in.
What motivates the strong reaction to such tragedies? Is it pure political opportunism, as both sides ascribe to each other? Does the media sensationalize coverage to drive readership? Or is it pent up anger and frustration that we, as a country, have not yet done the “right thing?” And is social media the proper forum for activists, victims or the President to speak out?
What is the appropriate response to tragedy? Should it be constructive, or cathartic? How should America respond?
Join us as we explore these questions and more.


New York - March 4

NEW YORK (NY) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Sunday, March 4  •  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

LOCATION
Public Atrium - Upstairs, 2nd Floor
875 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022

 

 

Chicago - March 7

CHICAGO (IL) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Wednesday, March 7  •  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST

LOCATION
The House Pub
(Upstairs Lounge)
16 South Riverside Avenue
St. Charles, IL 

 

Portland - March 8

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, March 8  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  

 

Recent Meetups


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NATIONAL TOPIC OF THE WEEK  •  Feb 17 - 24

What’s the Right Balance
Between Federal and State Government?

The United States of America is a 241-year old experiment in balance.

This nation has been debating the correct equilibrium of states’ rights and federal control since the days of Jefferson and Hamilton, continually tinkering with the most effective distribution of power.

In today’s political reality of sanctuary cities, entitlement programs, mass shootings and a potential Supreme Court challenge to Roe V. Wade, the question of whether more control should lie within individual state legislatures or the halls of Congress is alive and well.

Where do you think the right balance of power lies? Join the Crossing Party Lines discussion and have a voice in our Nation’s Conversation! People of all views are welcomed, appreciated, and heard.


New York - February 18

NEW YORK (NY) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Sunday, February 18  •  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

LOCATION
Public Atrium - Upstairs, 2nd Floor
875 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022


Chicago - February 21

CHICAGO (IL) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Wednesday, February 21  •  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM CST

LOCATION
Arcedium Coffeehouse
60 Indiana Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174
 


Portland - February 22

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, February 22  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  

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LOCAL TOPIC OF THE WEEK: PORTLAND:  •  Feb 11 - 17

Prejudice: Nurture or Nature?

A recent study published in the December issue of Nature: Human Behavior presented a link between prejudice and deviation from a familiar pattern. The authors pointed out that this was only one factor in the formation of prejudicial judgments.

At this meeting, we will explore this and other possible roots of prejudices as we ask, what are our prejudices, and where do they come from?

Portland - February 12

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Monday, February 12  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  

 

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NATIONAL TOPIC OF THE WEEK  •  Feb 4 - 10

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 to offer job retraining, what jobs might fit the bill? If not, how else can we ensure our displaced workers don’t become drains on the system? Do we need the Federal government to step 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.
 

New York - February 6

NEW YORK (NY) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Tuesday, February 6  •  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

LOCATION
Public Atrium - Upstairs, 2nd Floor
875 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022
 

Portland - February 8

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, February 8  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  

 

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Portland, Local Topic of The Week  •  Jan 28-Feb 3

Portland Local Topic:
What Could We Have Done Better?

Political discussions can often drive each person to present or defend his/her side's "right" solution to a particular problem. Yet, as we have often discovered, the "devil is in the details." In reality, what impacts our country is not simply the solution we implement, but also how we implement it. 

For this meeting, we’ll discuss policies and legislation which we, as a country, have already implemented and asked "What could we have done better?"

Portland

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, January 25  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival. 


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NATIONAL TOPIC OF THE WEEK  •  Jan 21-27

Trump's 2017 Report Card:
What Grades Would You Give?

Happy New Year everyone! For this week’s National CPL Topic, we will be creating a report card for Trump based on feedback from everyone in attendance. We will start by getting your feedback on the relevant subject areas for review (e.g., Foreign Policy, Economy, etc.) and then spend 10-15 min discussing each, and conclude with voting on a grade.


New York

NEW YORK (NY) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Sunday, January 21  •  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION
Public Atrium - Upstairs, 2nd Floor
875 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022

Portland

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, January 25  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  


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Post-Thanksgiving Kick-Off:
Turkey & Politics

Come share your Thanksgiving experience of feasting and talking politics with your overly vocal family member!

  • Share Thanksgiving experiences.

  • Explore ways you can keep your conversations civil and respectful (What can we gain?)

  • Discuss topics of choice in our group setting.

NEW YORK

GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on Thursday, November 30  •  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION
Public Atrium - 2nd Floor
875 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022


Raleigh Durham (NC)  •  TOPIC OF THE WEEK  •  NOV 29

Turkey & Politics

GROUP & MEMBERS
Join us on Wednesday, November 29  •  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LOCATION
The NC CPL Meetup will take place on video chat platform, Zoom.
See Link via Meetup.com group message.


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NEW YORK  •  TOPIC OF THE WEEK   •  NOV 14

North Korea:
Force or Diplomacy?

NEW YORK GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on TUESDAY, November 14  •  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION
Public Atrium - 2nd Floor
875 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022


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PORTLAND  •  TOPIC OF THE WEEK  •  NOV 11

A Deeper Look:
American Values

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP & MEMBERS 
Join us on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11  •  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LOCATION
NXT Industries: The Lab
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Please ring the bell upon arrival.  

 

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