NEW COFFEE PARTY MOVEMENT: On fire out of the gate March 02, 2010
The founder of the movement, Annabel Park (the woman in the video) a documentary filmmaker who lives outside Washington, D.C. told the New York Times "I'm in shock, just the level of energy here…in the beginning, I was actively saying, 'Get in touch with us, start a chapter.' Now I can't keep up. We have 300 requests to start a chapter that I have not been able to respond to."
LOCAL CHAPTERS PLAN MEETINGS ACROSS NATION
Local chapters are planning meetings in cities across the country from Washington to San Antonio to Los Angeles and is also planning nationwide “coffee houses” for March 13, where people can gather to decide which issues they want to take on and even which candidates they want to support.
This summer, Park said, the party will hold a convention in the Midwest, with a slogan along the lines of "Meet Me in the Middle."
Park said they agree with the tea party movement on two things – a desire for fiscal responsibility and a frustration with Congress. Park says coffee partiers see themselves as a different model of civic participation; one that is not afraid of diversity and the changing demographics of America.
She says the group intends to send a strong message to Washington lawmakers that “you have to learn how to work together, you have to learn how to talk about these issues without acting like you're in an ultimate fighting session."
Two members of the Atlanta Chapter of the Coffee Party Movement made the video below to flesh out the goals and ideals of the movement:
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