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December 2018

December 4 2018, Portland Public Library, The Presidency

December 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME
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The Presidency. What do you LIKE about the Presidency? What do you DISLIKE about the Presidency? How GOOD is the Presidency for our country? How BAD is the Presidency for our country? What do YOU think about the President? And why do you think the way you do? This is not debate. It’s not about deciding who’s right or wrong, who’s good or bad. It’s about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. We want to understand WHY you think the way…

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January 2019

January 10 2019, Chelmsford MA, Can Civility Save Us

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Rd
Chelmsford, ME 01824 United States
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What’s the right response to troubling political trends? Protest? Tweet? Violence? Vote? What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace? Come hear Make Shift Coffee House founder and public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views and lead a discussion As a volunteer Craig has organized 25 Make Shift Coffee Houses – places where liberals and conservatives come to understand each other’s political views. As a professional facilitator Craig has run over 3000 meetings of nonprofits,…

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January 14, 2019, Yarmouth, Make Shift Talk at Rotary

January 14 @ 7:00 am - 8:15 am

Craig will discuss growing incivility, the political divide, and how Make Shift Coffee House is making a difference. Yarmouth Town Hall - Community Room 200 Main St, Yarmouth, ME 04096 Guests are welcome and encouraged. Please RSVP to Craig at least 2 days prior to the event: craig@freshley.com

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January 28, 2019, Bowdoin, President Donald Trump

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bowdoin, 255 Maine Street
Brunswick, Maine 04011
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The Presidency of Donald Trump What do you LIKE about him? What do you DISLIKE about him? How is the Trump presidency GOOD for our country and the world? How is the Trump presidency BAD for our country and the world? What are your THRILLS? What are your FEARS? And why do you think the way you do? All welcome!   As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s not about persuading each other or…

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January 31, 2019, Gardiner, Make Shift Talk at Rotary

January 31 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Craig will discuss growing incivility, the political divide, and how Make Shift Coffee House is making a difference. Gardiner Rotary Kennebec Valley Boys and Girls Club on Pray St. in Gardiner Guests are welcome and encouraged. Please RSVP to Craig at least 2 days prior to the event: craig@freshley.com

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February 2019

February 10, 2019, Ellsworth, The Constitution

February 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ellsworth High School, 24 Lejok Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
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Join us at the Ellsworth High School to discuss What does the Constitution Mean to You? How does the Constitution affect your daily life? Is the Constitution being applied appropriately today? Should the Constitution be changed inany way? How should the constitution apply to: Firearms? Healthcare? Free speech? Immigration? States rights? Separation of Church and State? 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Ellsworth High School Cafeteria Complementary coffee and snacks by FLEXIT Café Live music provided by The Jazz Collective…

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March 2019

March 19, 2019, Portland, Can Civility Save Us?

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd
Falmouth, ME
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$30

Can Civility Save Us? Incivility is growing nationwide.  What effect is this having on your workplace? PROGRAM What's the right response to growing incivility and troubling political trends? What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace; in the world and in your workplace? Come hear public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views on these questions and join a discussion with your peers. Craig Freshley will explain how civility is eroding in America and how Make…

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March 22, 2019, Lewiston, Role of Government

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College 51 Westminster St, Lewiston, ME 04240, 51 Westminster Street, Room 170
Lewiston, Maine 04240
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What is the Rightful Role of Government in America? How should government affect your daily life? Should government be doing more? doing less? What role should government play in: Immigration? Healthcare? Education? Climate change? Social justice? Business regulation? Other issues? Free food and coffee! Live music by Ian Leavitt and friends! ALL WELCOME!  Follow this link to see what a Make Shift Coffee House is like.

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April 2019

April 25 2019, Machias, Political Divide

April 25
Whitneyville Public Library, 51 School Street
Whitneyville, ME 04654

Sharing Stories to Bridge the Political Divide How did you come to have the political views that you have? What experiences have influenced your views the most? Come join neighbors to share food, music, your political views…and the stories behind them! Live Music. Free coffee and snacks provided by the Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about understanding each other’s political views. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens,…

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May 2019

May 21, 2019, Yarmouth, Role of Government

May 21 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 Suite 1
yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s not about persuading each other or arguing with each other. It’s not about deciding what’s best or what’s worse, who’s right or who’s wrong, who’s good or who’s bad. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. It’s a lot more about listening than telling. We want to hear your political views AND how your views were shaped by your childhood, your education, and other influences on your life. Timing 6:15  …

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