Monday, March 15, 2010
Coffee Party kick-off

While conservatives have Joe the Plumber, an alternative group has chosen a cup of joe as their representative.  The Coffee Party, another grassroots organization named after a popular morning beverage, has gained our attention.

 

This past Saturday, March 13th, was the National Coffee Party Kick-off Day.  According to the official website for the fledgling party, their National Coffee Party Day launched in more than 350 coffee shops in 44 states.

 

The Coffee Party was formed in response to what Annabel Park, the movement’s founder perceived as media overexposure of the conservative Tea Party movement.

 

Park volunteered for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and Democratic Senator Jim Webb’s 2006 campaign in Virginia.  However, she says the group is not “aligned” with any party and calls the two-party system out of date.

 

The Coffee Party describes itself as a made up of people acting independently of political parties, corporations, and political lobbying networks.

 

Here at iReport, Coffee Partiers documented the kick-off with photos and videos from across the nation—including one submission from U.S. citizens who celebrated the kick off from Italy.  The groups gathered and had discussions ranging from health care to political infighting.  Only time will tell if this movement gains enough momentum to compete with the Tea Party.

 

Check out the assignment here to see more submissions.  If you see any groups gathering at your local java hut, be sure to send them to us here at iReport.

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March 15, 2010
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This is a very interesting movement. Thanks for keeping track of this. People are fed up with the yelling and bickering. Put all the BS aside and deal with fixing the issues. Never will happen though.

March 15, 2010
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I'm joining this movement today with the hope that we can create real "changes we can believe in". It's been frustrating watching President Obama, Congress, and, even the Supreme Court make decisions which are based more on personal gain, than for the good of the country.  It also helps that the Coffee Party movement seems to be made up of people like me... educated, open-minded, contemplative, inclusive. We'll see how it goes. I have HOPE!

March 15, 2010
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I am a tea party supporter but I will not acknowledge the right wing hijackers of the voters voice movement nor will I give credence to the left wing attempt to it. Having an obama staffer run it in her "spare time" come on. Who believes this?

I think it is time for a middle progressive party. One that holds freedom and prosperity dear. One that will limit liabilities while making investments in our future. One that will develop people rather than extort them. One that provides a hand up instead of a hand out. One that builds self reliance instead of systems of dependence and obligation.

March 15, 2010
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While I enjoy coffe AND tea - I am going to wait a little while to see if I want to participate in this Coffee Party.  The ideals sound right so far. But let's see what road they eventually go down.   I haven't considered joining the Tea Party because I feel they have a "bullying" approach attached to their agenda.  Like the right and left wings, they make you feel you are not American if you don't agree with them.  That is what the average American is trying to get away from.  If you want to hear more from average America, visit www.americanwomansview.com

March 15, 2010
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I went to a meeting this weekend.  From what I see is they are trying to find a middle way, to lower the volume of the debate.

March 15, 2010
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what we need now ia a canoeing party and diaper party any one want to form the sock party? This is just a pun jab at these groups, great job everyone keep up the good work.

March 15, 2010
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Azezel,

 

"I am a tea party supporter but I will not acknowledge the right wing hijackers of the voters voice movement nor will I give credence to the left wing attempt to it. Having an obama staffer run it in her "spare time" come on. Who believes this? "

This is the exact reason they had started this movement.

It's all about attitude, and you surely appear to have the wrong one by that comment.

 

As far as Alinlex , I agree 100% its about the Volume. If it gets so loud, One turns off the whole thing.

March 15, 2010
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I wish we could split the number of representatives in such a way that neither one has a majority. The tird party would move them both back to the center. It cannot be any worse gridlock than what we have now.

March 15, 2010
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The picture in this article is mis-leading....there were at least 16 of us at this "coffee rally" not just the 14 that CNN shows in the picture....and next month we are having our biggest rally yet...some say we might get almost 20 people to attend.

March 15, 2010
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PamSkeens

"The picture in this article is mis-leading....there were at least 16 of us at this "coffee rally" not just the 14 that CNN shows in the picture...."

 

Cute. Articles in other sources report 28 in attendance at this one. You may be on of the reasons they are starting the movement.

March 15, 2010
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I love this!  The Coffee Party is just what we need. Wake up and smell the coffee!

March 15, 2010
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While I may not support these folks politically , I do support the spirit of their endeavors.  The fact that the movement has to be 'astroturfed' by the WH and kept on the front page for a solid WEEK by cnn.... is probably o.k.

 

If they can't quickly shed their White House chaperone - they'll become irrelevant very quickly.

 

By contrast , the Tea Party would'nt let a Republican or any other beltway insider have control of the message.  Several have tried and quickly thought better of it.

 

You're right when you say the Tea Partiers are more belligerent than the Coffee crowd , but their message is different.

 

Here's an example:   Today Obama said in Ohio - " I won't listen to polls , I'll do what the people want."

 

A ludicrous statement. The POLLS and the PEOPLE are the same thing. They're one in the same.  This is utter double-speak by our president.

 

THIS is why Tea Partiers are louder , angrier , belligerent.  The Coffee folks wont take offense to such a statement by our president. But most Americans certainly will.

March 15, 2010
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The Tea Party is bad. The George Soros funded Coffee Party is good. 

 

That's why this country is going into the toilet. A group of people who believe in America and base their principles on the Constitution are reviled by the media.

 

Meanwhile socialists sponsoring radicals in the name of an ideology that is dead get put on a pedestal.

March 15, 2010
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I am a native Texan who has seen (and been greatly disappointed by) a lot of hyper-partisan politics during the last six decades.  I very strongly disagree with the silly rant by AndyInTexas, who appears to be much more interested in taking a knee-jerk jab at those with whom he disagrees, rather than in supporting the efforts of fellow citizens who simply appear to wish for a return to greater civility, greater honesty, and much more centrist politics in our great Nation. 

 

Don't mis-label me here after reading this, AndyInTexas:  I read and enjoyed Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative a year or two after it was first written, and I avidly watched Bill Buckley's Firing Line for many, many years.  Some of us have respect, and not contempt, for those whom we may disagree with.  Some of us also reject a "my Way or the Highway" line of thinking.

March 15, 2010
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coffee party is needed its great keep up the good work YES WE CAN!

March 15, 2010
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I am 100% behind the reduction of fear and bully tactics and the advancement of understanding diverse and difficult issues.  I admit that I have been brought down into the gutters on some issues, which is difficult because there is so much of it out there.  I took my Coffee Party pledge, I hope it does not equate to the group that talks in a monotone voice amidst the cafeteria food fight.

March 15, 2010
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So - if the Tea Party is the pro-Constitution group.

 

Is the Coffee Party the anti-Constitution group?

 

And I beg to differ with PamSkeens who posted earlier.  I think they had 15 people show up for the coffee party.  Does that make it a DeCaf...  or maybe it's just Sanka... :-)

March 16, 2010
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I love the smell of astroturf in the morning. It smells like Folgers corporate brew.

March 16, 2010
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Tea hardly has any caffeine and look how cranky those people are, give it time and the caffeine in the Coffee will kick in and people won't be so "nicey nicey" in the discussions anymore. :)  I like the message though, I hope it works out!  Anything to get people to talk rationally is HUGE right now.

March 16, 2010
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This is good news. By the way, I am a poet and a few years ago I wrote a poem at my daughter's request, about coffee. It fits quite well into this setting. Here it is:

 

Magic Bean

 

Glorified by many cultures,

Banned by some religions,

Coffee seems to stay in style

Enjoying a high profile

It has benefits and hazards,

Much like everything else,

My friend, Sam, who doesn't drink it

Makes it 'cause of how it smells.

Multitude of ways to make it,

All compete for your attention,

But the coffee my mother made

Would get honorable mention.

Charming and tasty this coffee is,

I would compare it o a kiss.

A kiss from the World on my lips.

From far-away lands, that is.

So many hands worked on it,

So much sunshine it absorbed,

Hope it's served to diplomats

To help smooth discord

March 16, 2010
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Here's an idea.  Think for yourself, folks. 

March 16, 2010
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This is a fun group... wheres the women?

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Enough of the negativity and bickering. Time to work together for a common goal. Make mine coffee!

March 16, 2010
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cmhcentral:   While we are at it, how about a fourth party slightly left of center, and dedicated to promoting legistlation that would decrease our dependence on oil and coal usage in favor of wind, geothermal, nuclear wave motion powers, and solar energy.  Hey, we could call it the Green Tea Party. Or a fifth party, A little further to the right of center, dedicated to promoting the wine and whiskey industries.  We could call it ......wait for it...........the Long Island Tea Party. 

 

Let's face it, tea partiers (sic).  The last time we had a three party race, the third party leaned a bit to the left, and the votes taken by that third party did nothing but skew the election to the right. If that is the case, come on Tey party.  The tey party, the same old party which is a lot less than either centrist OR progressive; rather just a new guise for the same old neocons, the same old party of NO.

 

Hmmm, to use a Beckian phrase, I wonder which old party  we speak of). I relish the thought of an election skewed to the left as a result of a vote split within the GOP. 

March 16, 2010
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Max3Leygrume wrote: ...the Tea Party would'nt let a Republican or any other beltway insider have control of the message.

 

right, Max.  Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. 

 

The whole "Tea Party" movement was started by a Republican, Congressman Ron Paul (though honesty compels me to admit that in the beginning it was aimed more toward the libertarian conservatives as opposed to the Obama=Mao/Stalin/Hitler crowd) and is currently being run by Dick Armey's FreedomWorks..a REPUBLICAN organization. 

 

The 2/17/09 protest in Denver was organized by Americans for Prosperity (a DC-based advocacy group) and spearheaded by the Independence Institute (also a DC-based advocacy group) as well as former Republican Representative and presidential candidate, Tom Tancredo.

 

You are dreaming if you think the GOP hasn't taken over the Tea Party movement or that inside-the-beltway players haven't hijacked the message.  It was a great idea ruined by the Birthers, the Jim Crow supporters, the John Birch'ers, Secessionists, and assorted wacko's and nutters who currently out-number the fed-up libertarians that initially conceived it.  

March 16, 2010
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Bout time somebody stood up and shouted  back at all the nuts who oppose anything and everything.  We used to call them folks anarchists.  Maybe the Coffee Party will bring a little common sense back to the table.

March 16, 2010
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I cant believe "intelligent" people (CMHCentral,azezel...etc) actually DO NOT KNOW THAT THE SO CALLED TEA PARTY IS FUNDED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY....How can people be so BLIND to not know this...I guess Ignorance is bliss!!!!! DUMP THE TEA AND DRINK THE COFFEE!!!!

March 16, 2010
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Talk, talk, talk.  You want things fixed?  Get Americans back to work making products for Americans to buy.  Everyone is fiddling around uselessly while Rome burns.  You can't have taxpayers paying for your programs if you don't have taxpayers.

March 16, 2010
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I'm going to wait for the Coke Zero party to form, before I join one of these groups!

March 16, 2010
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To Billshut - I think the coke party is already in power... those guys in washington have just got to be smoking the stuff to dream up the legislation they have been pushing.  :-)

March 16, 2010
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How precious. We have Coffee Party! By the way is that with cream and sugar. We need something a bit more conservative. I should start a “Whiskey Party!” Nuff said

March 16, 2010
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It's clear Americans are tired of the 2 party system.  I've been independant since 1986 (before it was cool).  The problem is everyone wants to join a different group... coffee, tea, whatever. If these people could pull together to get close to a majority and get people to NOT vote dem or rep, then maybe they'd have a chance. Until that time comes, I'm starting a new party... we'll call it the Beer Party... or the Liqour Pary... where everyone can come drink and get laid!

March 16, 2010
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This movement will be about as successful as Air America. The big problem is that most of the people the Coffee Party targets expect a handful of other people to do all the work for them. Lame!

March 16, 2010
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CMHCentral: I wish we could split the number of representatives in such a way that neither one has a majority. The tird party would move them both back to the center. It cannot be any worse gridlock than what we have now.

Let's go further. The "tird party" could be called the "inglorious bass tird party."

 

March 16, 2010
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To whom it may consern;

 

Please note the posts by PamSkeen and SethKristol. I submit them to be fraudulent. For the record, I am one of the people depicted in the photo from Richmond Virginia. That is "me" on the far right side holding the poster that reads"COFFEE AND REFORM".

PamSkeen's post is what is so very wrong with what's going on in our country today; sarcastic propaganda is not "CIVIL DISCOURSE".

 

For the record, there were 27 people that signed the sign-in sheet and 4 others that attended,but chose to not sign in. The total attendees was 31! Per the moderators presentation, only 12 had pre-registered to attend. The meeting was friendly and informative, and all said they intended to come out for the March 27 meeting and try to bring along friends.

 

One local TV station came and iterviewed the moderators and clips of the meeting were broadcast that night on channel 12 in Rich Va, per feed back from people that saw me on TV that evening. The reason for my post is to WARN those interested in trying to heal our broken political system, there are those like "PAMSKEENS AND SETHKRISTOL" that for what ever reason, don't want the truth to be part of this discussion!!! Once again, I was at this meeting and these are the facts!!!

March 16, 2010
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Nice work, Cnn, The conservative Tea-Party movement was ignored for MONTHS, until they marched on DC and then Anderson Cooper of CNN made all kinds of derogatory remarks about them, didn't he??

 

Now that there is a LIberal movement playing off the Tea-Party, CNN is right on top of it, NO wonder your Cable ratings are dropping with this kind of Liberal BIAS!

March 16, 2010
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There were some comments on the number of attendees to the events last Saturday.  I think, most certainly in my case, that many people who WOULD have attended such a meeting did not know of the formation of the Coffee Party until too late.  I certainly will try to attend a future one.

March 16, 2010
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AND....the "convention" they had....they wanted to charge to attend...to a For-Profit affair...to the extent that even some REPUBLICAN SENATORS wouldn't attend...some "t-party"...makes me laugh....

March 16, 2010
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I don't know about the coffee party but I've concluded the tea party agenda doesn't make a lot of sense. The tea party is basically claiming that they will implement some type of self-mutilating form of government. Once they take over, they will begin to gnaw away at their newly elected powers by reducing their authority to control your life. A concept that has never happened throughout the history of mankind. They promise less government. Why not no government? They promise less taxes. Why not no taxes? Point is they still plan (like any government) to tell you what to do. Just not quite as often. Oh by the way, good luck while taking their (expansion of less government) literacy test. I guess we better cast our vote while we still can.

March 16, 2010
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I YOU conservative Reicht's think that CNN is too Liberal...then send your money to FOX...I'm sure they will have an 'UNSLANTED" STORY... lol lol If Republican Senators will not attend their own "tea party"....who else wants to, except those who are being paid by the Republican party to cause uproar over something they disagree with. Republicans ––– ALL ABOUT GREED... If we didn't have taxes in this country we wouldn't have roads, bridges, stop lights...etc..How stupid is it to think we can have a country as great as this with out taxes...Its really about the taxes on the RICH THAT IS THE PROBLEM...They don't want to pay any and they want to find loopholes so they can keep their MONEY...Thats soooooooo Christian to worship money that much...don't you think????

March 16, 2010
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Max: "By contrast , the Tea Party would'nt let a Republican or any other beltway insider have control of the message.  Several have tried and quickly thought better of it."

 

When did Palin shed her Republican tag?  There were at least 2 other Republican congresspeople (believe one was from Minnesota?) slated to speak at the jamboree in Nashville but bowed out at the last minute.  Several other former Republican administrative speakers also partook in the most recent event. 

 

The Tea Party is hardly devoid of Republican support!

March 16, 2010
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Everybody is looking for the moderate party; well this party has been around since 1971. We are called Libertarians. We do not scream and yell we tirelessly work at the restoration of the US Constitution.

Libertarians are the closest thing to the centralist policies that this nation desperately needs right now.

Google us sometime give the party platform a read through, you will see we are the 3rd largest party in the USA and getting very popular.

 

March 16, 2010
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The tea party thing was just another sign of the ignorance of palin.

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March 17, 2010
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This is a Party Movement that will operat with class and not like the tea party/GOP members in this video from Columbus Ohio.  Please watch and spread this to all you know.  This is why we need a movement that will hold our political officials responsible and opposing movements as well!!!  Please see this link: I am so frustrated that this story to my knowledge has not been reported at CNN!!!  I watch you guys all day every day and I have not see a focus on this story.  I look forward to seeing this story tonight!!!  MSNBC is beating you guys to the punch on this one!  People need to see how this Health care debate in this country has really revealed a negative side of our country and the GOP.  Please see the video below.  I don't have any insurance and I worked in Corp America for 14 years. But I had to go without insurance due to my premium going from $234.00 for a family of four while employed to $1,100 after I was kicked out of the pool!  I am for Healthcare reform!!!  America we need reform.  I may never have seen the need for reform until I part of a layoff!!!     Thanks!!!

   http://rawstory.com/2010/03/protesters-mock-parkinsons-man/ 

 

March 17, 2010
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Tea Party members in action to express how they feel about the healthcare bill and someone it would help!  See this link please!  CNN is not talking about this and I do not know why!  I am so frustrated that this story to my knowledge has not been reported at CNN!!!  I watch you guys all day every day and I have not see a focus on this story.  I look forward to seeing this story tonight!!!  MSNBC is beating you guys to the punch on this one!  People need to see how this Health care debate in this country has really revealed a negative side of our country and the GOP.  Please see the video below.  Thanks!!!

 

 

   http://rawstory.com/2010/03/protesters-mock-parkinsons-man/ 

March 21, 2010
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Coffee party, how tacky....  Tea party means something, the tea party in Boston Harbor, Taxation without representation.  coffee Party, what a joke!

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