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August 1, 2019, Yarmouth, How Do Labels Work for You?

August 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are your political views different from the labels?

Do you fall in line with political party ideals?

Why are we so quick to label others?

Please join us to explore political labels, stereotypes, and code words; how they help or hinder, and why we use them.

Make Shift Coffee Houses are not debates. We aim to learn about and understand each other’s political views, talk with our neighbors, and enjoy good company.

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Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, August 1, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. With a debrief session 8:30pm to 9:00pm

Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 suite 1, Yarmouth, Maine, USA

Free food, drink, and live music.

No advance registration or tickets required.


We are very pleased to welcome special musical guest Dave Collins!

Check out Dave and his band here. At our Make Shift Coffee House Dave plans to perform alone or perhaps with his daughter.

Thanks Dave!


Do you feel labeled or stereotyped? Do people wrongly assume your political beliefs because of just one thing you said or did or wore?

Come tell us about a belief that you have. And then tell us about another belief you have that might surprise us. Come listen to how your neighbors are different from what you might think.

At this Make Shift Coffee House we expect to discuss issues of importance to our local community, to our state, and to our country. And we want to hear how people form different opinions on different issues, and why.

As Lilliana Mason explains in her 2018 book Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, we are increasingly apt to apply social identity labels to people based on their political views. And this fuels the decline in civility and civil discourse. In face-to-face conversation with each other, we hope to test the alignment of political views and social identity. Please join us!


This Make Shift Coffee House is part of a series of Make Shift Coffee Houses in Yarmouth guided by a local committee. The Committee of 12 people is co-chaired by Republican Deborah Delp and Democrat Sharon McDonnell. Here are the Committee’s goals:

1. Help people learn new things about their neighbors.
2. Grow enthusiasm for working with neighbors to build our community.
3. Build capacity for talking with our neighbors about difficult topics with integrity and respect.


August 1, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Patriot Insurance Company
701 US 1 Suite 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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