Grassroots Action: Coffee Party Versus Tea Party

A new movement is “going viral” on Facebook, it is called Coffee Party USA, and its goal is to wake up the left like a strong cup of Java should. In about a month the movement has gathered  more than 60,000 members on its Facebook page.

The start up is not only getting fast traction in the social media and the US media ( from The New-York Times to The Washington Post), it is also getting coverage from the foreign press. Today, The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington covered the birth of the Coffee Party movement for his UK readership.

The Coffee Party was originated by documentary filmmaker Annabel Park, who started the Facebook page. Annabel Park is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“We want to see people representing us moving towards solution to problems rather than strategically obstructing any form of progress,” said Park.

The Coffee Party USA motto is “Wake Up & Stand Up”, and this is how they are defining themselves and their goals.

“We are diverse- ethnically, geographically, politically, in age and in experience. We are 100 percent grassroots. No lobbyist here. No pundits. And no hyper-partisan strategists calling the shots in this movement. We are a spontaneous and collective expression of our desire to forge a culture of civic engagement that is solution oriented, not blame oriented. We demand a government that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices: NOT corporate interests as expressed by misleading advertisements and campaign contributions.”

It was about time that the left would start a movement to counter-balance the noise of the so called Tea Party movement. Politicians either Republicans or Democrats should get the message that “politics as usual” will not cut it anymore either on the right coming form the Tea Party folks and now on the left from the Coffee Party movement. With all this caffeine floating in the air, maybe Washington will finally wake up and smell either the tea or the coffee or else get voted out of office in 2010.

To find out more about The Coffee Party click here.

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35 Responses to Grassroots Action: Coffee Party Versus Tea Party

  1. Stephen Dufrechou March 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Gilbert, great article, here. Thanks for writing it and for providing the link.

  2. Scott March 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    One minor comment – the Coffee Party isn’t about left or right, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat.

    The name may be a play on the Tea Party movement, but it’s an alternative to that movement – not a diametric opposite. There have been quite a number of folks joining the Facebook group who say they are/were Tea Partiers but have become disillusioned with that movement.

    • Kat March 3, 2010 at 7:21 am

      According to Coffee Party founder Annabel Park, on CNN this morning, the name of the party came from the time of the Boston Tea Party when coffee became the national beverage. She mentioned that coffee became the solution to the problem, and that it is hoped that the Coffee Party can spur solutions within government. Thanks to Scott for clarifying what this party is NOT about. I don’t know about Ms. Park’s participation in promoting Obama, but her comments this morning about being disillusioned with what has become a “game” between Republicans and Democrats where one side wins and one side loses, will most certainly hit a nerve with many people. And I’m not even a member of this party.

      • DRH March 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

        Note, though that her rhetoric is an exactly mimic of that of the Obama White House. The cries of “coorperation” simultaneous with vilification and dismissal of the “other side”.

    • DRH March 3, 2010 at 8:06 am

      “One minor comment – the Coffee Party isn’t about left or right, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat.” — that’s not the impression one gets if one digs even slightly past the press releases.

    • I.C. Propaganda March 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      Annabel talks a good game, but she’s a hardcore Obama operative all the way.

      Read her Twitter Tweets — “annabelpark” — from late January and early February, THEN try tell me with a straight face that she has a sincere desire for civility in politics.

      Don’t you get it? Obama is losing the support of independents, so the administration has tried to create an Astroturf populist group that smiles and talks in Kumbaya tones while plotting in back rooms to destroy the Tea Party.

      As if they could.

  3. Pastor Agnostic March 3, 2010 at 4:29 am

    If only they had named it The Scotch Party.

    • david March 3, 2010 at 8:35 am

      No. It would be better if it were called “The non fat, no creme, soy based frappachino party” instead.

  4. Ryan March 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

    This isn’t grassroots, this Party was started by some big time Obama supporters, that were instrumental in his campaign. This is a very desperate/sad attempt.

    • david March 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

      I agree! The majority of these people align themselves with Obama. The party is actually a sharp contrast to the Tea Party! Although, It is too early and there is not enough information present to make the best decision. I think that it would be great if we just end the party system (tea and coffee) and come to a consensus on where we all stand and how we can meet and exceed the ideals of the constitution and our forefathers.

      • Sara March 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

        David, you should attend a coffee party. You share the same sentiment as everyone who attended the coffee party I was at last weekend. And most people at the party voted for Obama because this is the message he campaigned on. We then had a civil debate about whether or not these ideals have come to fruition, why or why not, and then how to move our country forward! That’s the idea behind the coffee party.

        • bonhomme March 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

          You mean you wish Obama would have stuck to his campain promises of Fiscal Conservatism and a strong military? Everything the Tea Party believes in. Don’t dilute the koolaid, you’re a teabagger!

          • I.C. Propaganda March 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

            We already have Annabel on record as saying she wanted to create a group to oppose the “tea baggers.”

            So the whole “Coffee Party civility” thing is a front. This is just another Obama group pretending to be centrist … probably in hopes of luring back the independents who’ve deserted B.O. in droves.

  5. Carlos March 3, 2010 at 5:35 am

    A tiny bit of digging shows the coffe party to be astroturf at its finest.

    “Park is a former Strategy Analyst [Park’s Linked In page has been taken down, here is a cached link] at the NY Times who was one of organizers and operators of the United for Obama video channel at YouTube:”

  6. jhlj March 3, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Whatever this movement is – – – it IS A MOVEMENT. More than W. has offered for a long time!

    • DRH March 3, 2010 at 8:02 am

      Um, it’s a webpage plus lots of free publicity from the NYT, WaPo and MSNBC.

      … and what’s all this about “W.”? We have a different swaggering, jug-eared amateur in the White House now. Read a newspaper…

    • tracy March 4, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Lame W reference. Nothing to offer, same as usual….

    • I.C. Propaganda March 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      The Coffee Party is a “movement”? Only in the sense of an Obama bowel movement.

      Astroturf from day one, aided and abetted by the MSM. Wow, what a surprise!

  7. jhlj March 3, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Poor Obama had great expectations until he met the “no – doers” in W. Money talks ludest in the USA.

  8. beth March 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

    where did they get 60,000 members? I only saw 192? What a lame “movement”

    • hzelis March 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

      So what if she worked for Obama, and there you go distorting the truth i suggest you check out the page for yourself, It is that and growing with diverse people.

      • hzelis March 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

        as a matter of fact it is almost 70,

        • Jeri Brown March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am

          I can’t find the page on FB. Help.

      • I.C. Propaganda March 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

        Here’s the point — Annabel Park claimed her organization was independent of politics, and then we come to find out that even the coffeepartyusa domain name is registered to Real Virginians for Webb, a Democrat group that campaigns for Sen. Jim Webb.

        Meanwhile, she talks about civility in politics, yet her Twitter Tweets from January and February contain references to “tea baggers” and vows to create an organization to counter the Tea Party.

        So, Annabel liked, and both the Washington Post and the New York times did their best to cover for her.
        THAT’S the point — the Coffee Party is a case of trying to grow beans on Astroturf.

    • Enough with the Left and Right March 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

      Are you looking at Annabel Park’s personal Facebook or at Coffee Party USA? Careful about throwing around insults when you’re in the wrong.

  9. AngryFrank March 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Honestly just another extension of Obamaholics… Taste good at first but gives that heartburn feeling… Really in the long run Americans are concerned about Jobs and the Economy. Lead by example and trash the rhetoric. Both sides have run this country in the ground.

  10. Ptolemy13 March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Oh for heaven’s sake. As though the Tea Party wasn’t enough nonsense, now this. It’s all so trivial and exploitive, and smacks of a public relations stunt. I know! Lets put out a fun, clever press release! Maybe a sound bite! What should the catch phrase be? Can we get a celebrity onboard?

    More distraction, more trendy bs.

  11. cj March 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Scott: The “Coffee Party” was created by an Obama campaign operative. It is nothing by yet another of his campaign websites. But you may be right, it is not about Republican or Democratic, its about progressive socialist/communists.

  12. Misterbixby March 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

    My favorite is that the Coffee Party is gleefully and brightly reported. The Tea Party is merely “so-called” … interesting choice of biased words, Gilbert.

  13. A REAL LIBERAL March 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

    The Coffee Party is a right-wing ”facelift” for the Tea Party movement, which has attracted every right-wing nut that it is going to get. It is a ”kinder-gentler” Tea Bag group, and that is all it is.

    • tracy March 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

      Really liberal, really stupid.

  14. Leslie Oh March 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I was gung ho for The Coffee Party until you left about twenty messages on my wall. That is a little over the top. I disassociated in self defense. I guess I will have to be an arm hair admirer. Rather than work with you, I will read about you in the paper. Too bad. I really support what you stand for.

    • tracy March 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

      They don’t really “stand” for anything. Most of their members just want a “badge” to tell their friends about. They sit in Starbucks and coo over Obama and listen to NPR. BFD.

  15. tracy March 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Hey, Gilbert-
    The “grassroots” Coffee Party is serious astroturf. Independednt of any party? Really? The registrant for the Coffee Party website is “Real Virginians For Webb, 14461 Sedona Drive, Gainesville, Virginia 20155”. You can’t see it now, because it suddenly went behind a proxy, just like REAL grassroots sites do all the time. (SARC/off)

  16. Bean Bagger March 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I for one, am not surprised to hear that the Coffee Party is a set-up front for Obama/NYT/Dems. Let’s face it, the momentum in this country is hardly in favor of more Big Government solutions and passing bogus Big Government legislation, is it?

    Anyone recall the “grass roots” protests opposing the Tea Party Protests all last year? No one showed up in favor of Obama’s policies so they eventually had to bus SEIU and ACORN members and still very few showed up and when they did they were given pre-fab protest signs.

    If there was going to be a counter-protest to the Tea Party, it would have already happened. The Coffee Party is flogging a dead horse.

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