Coffee Party Groups Seek Change Without the Hate
March 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- The specter of the vitriolic hate-filled tea party protests, painting President Obama as Hitler and worse and contributing nonsensical falsehoods to the public discourse, such as death panels, has led to the formation of a counter group, dubbed the coffee party. The group, the brainchild of Annabel Park, a 42-year-old documentary filmmaker, was started on a whim one day by creating a coffee party Facebook page. And the idea of more civility and inclusiveness took off, with a coffee party kick-off on March 13 at coffee shops nationwide.
Park was surprised when 150,000 members joined the original Facebook page and now the group has a separate Web site with a blog and a forum for members to engage with one another, and have civil and enlightened conversations. There are no hate-filled rants demonizing President Obama as a Socialist, or a Nazi, or images depicting him as an African witch doctor, while questioning his place of birth. And no bizarre conspiracy theories that Obama wants to take away your guns or place people in detention camps.
The coffee party is described, as an “American grassroots movement aiming to reinvigorate the democratic process with civility, inclusiveness, and civic engagement.” And the group is next organizing a National Coffee Summit, Coffee with Congress on March 27.
Coffee party USA spokesperson, Alan Alborn is “inviting Americans across all political spectrums to speak up and be part of the Coffee Summit.”
“Coffee Party USA is encouraging communities to meet again at coffee houses, homes and other venues to have civil conversations about the issues that matter to them. This time though, the communities will be planning as well. They’ll be planning coffee with Congress. Coffee with Congress will take place during the upcoming Congressional recess, March 29th through April 9th, when elected officials return to their districts. Local chapter members will schedule meetings with their Senators and Representatives, and present for the first time their consensus on the issues. Coffee will be served, of course.”
After a year of angry teapartiers shouting down lawmakers at town hall meetings and brandishing signs depicting hate and racial animus, the coffee party is a refreshing change.