350 Coffee Parties Bring a Change in Flavor

Thousands of Americans turned out today for the launch of the Coffee Party, a political movement whose goal is to facilitate a more responsive dialogue between people on how to move the country forward. It was held in over 350 locations and has could potentially reignite the movement for change and reform that was so pivotal over the last two election cycles.

What is the Coffee Party movement? According to the mission on their website:

The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

The first Coffee Party Day had folks meet up in coffee shops across the nation. The large groups then broke down into small discussion groups. Issues that they found important were discussed, such as the economy, health care, jobs, and immigration. One man was quoted, “We may disagree, but we must not be disagreeable.”

In a sharp contrast to the Tea Party movement, members are asked to take the following civility pledge:

As a member or supporter of the Coffee Party, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest, and respectful toward people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process.

The Coffee Party appears to be gathering steam quickly. The website has received hundreds of thousands of page views. A page on Facebook was started last month, and has exploded to nearly 150,000 fans.

The Guardian reports about an expanded mission statement taken from the Facebook page:

Anyone who wants our government to function in the interest of ordinary Americans, not corporations, is welcome to join this movement. We believe that the majority of Americans are regular folks like us, and some of us have been misled into thinking that the federal government is the cause of our struggles, our anxiety and our fear. In short, our government has been presented to us as our enemy.

Annabel Park, the movements founder responded to a question on NPR about the historical precedent and context:  “After they dumped tea into [Boston] Harbor, the Continental Congress declared coffee to be the national drink, and that became the solution to the problem. So we associate coffee with both solutions and working very hard for representation.”

On CNN’s American Morning, Park expanded on the goals of the movement.
“Just like in the American Revolution, we are looking for real representation right now. We don’t feel represented by our government right now, and we don’t really feel represented well by the media either,. It’s kind of a simple call to action for people to wake up and take control over their future and demand representation,” she said. “And it requires people standing up and speaking up.”

Photos are streaming in today. There are a couple good hubs at Flickr and Facebook.

For those unable to attend the meet and greet in person today, there was an alternative.  A virtual coffee shop meeting was held today at 4:00 pm Central Time.  However, registration was suspended due to an overwhelming response, and even those who got in weren’t able to stay for long because the system crashed due to the huge chat load.

350 meetings were held across the country, and there are hundreds more planned on March 27th.

This grassroots movement has gathered some attention in the media as well. There have been some creative headlines:

Meet the people who are percolating in the Coffee Party  CNN

Coffee vs. Tea: A political movement is brewing CNN

Coffee Party Founder Wants Common Grounds NPR

Something Is Brewing Across America Today: The Coffee Party is Percolating Huffington Post

Coffee Party starts brewing The Guardian

Will the Coffee Party lose it’s steam or keep brewing a discussion on how we can move forward as a nation?  Only time will tell.

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  3. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tracy Ford
    March 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    ‘Bout time.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Joe Sixpack
    March 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I find all this very fascinating, which corporate conglomerate footed the bill for this hoax?

    The real coffe party is constitutionally driven, which this ain’t, for more info.


    • Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
      March 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

      You are correct Sir !!

      This is one big fraud, brought on by the obama administration to subvert the REAL COFFEE PARTY away from It’s original intent mentioned a couple of months before this sham got started by Alex Jones. Go to http://www.infowars.com

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      March 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      Bull. The link you provided is right about the Tea Party being hijacked, although with all due honesty they were never really big before Santelli, Freedomworks, and corporate astroturf started moving in anyways.

      However, a brief mention of a ‘coffee party’ from libertarians does not mean that they actually started the movement, and that it was hijacked. This is a spontaneous generation, and by nature grassroots. Take a step back from Alex Jones once in a while, you might find it pleasant.

  5. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bay Area Patriot
    March 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I will tell you what the coffee party is, it is a bunch of B.S. read their mission statement. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. So is that why the government, CNN, and HuffPo call us nasty and disgusting terms? They do not represent the collective will, except maybe a minority of commies in the country! Look at the pictures, see how few people there are? That is because this is staged by the liberal media. I bet they were paid to show up! At least the Tea Party are real people. If the governent does not want to be known as the enemy, then stop acting like it! Trying to break the constitution to ram that health crap bill down our throats shows me that everyone that is for it and votes for it is the enemy of the country! Notice you do not hear the lamestream media discussing how UNCONSTITUTIONAL it is what they are planning to do by voting on a rule that deems it was passed. That is treason, and they should be convicted as such.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Kiri Sute Gomen
      March 16, 2010 at 12:57 am

      Your anger is hilarious. A group that tries to promote civility causes you to cry treason. Thank you for making your post, I feel so much better now; I guess laughter is the best medicine.

  6. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Alexis
    March 15, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Can’t wait tell I update my voter registration card with whether I’m a member of the coffee or tea party.

  7. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1GOLDNSQUID
    March 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

    So they are for mob rule! Who cares about the individual or the rule of law, the mob must be sedated.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1Friendly Phil
    March 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Do they want to legalize the sweet ganja? Do their protest signs have correct spelling?

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1David L. Snell
    March 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Count me IN… I ran for President in 2008 as a write in candidate on the basic values, principles and premises The Coffee Party seems to have adopted… I’m retired Navy, a Child and Family Therapist by trade, and I just turned 70… Do you have any need of a borderline burnout with questionable social skills???

    If so… I’m your man….


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