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    Posted March 15, 2010 by
    BSalgado
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    San Leandro, California
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    Coffee Party movement

    Working Together from Our Common Grounds: Coffee Party Movement

     

    San Leandro, CA

     

    In the midst of growing frustration with the political climate of the country, the grassroots movement Coffee Party USA has declared March 13, 2010, National Coffee House Day, during which Americans across the country met at coffee houses and around kitchen tables to facilitate informative and civil dialogue about a myriad of issues. We wish to restore civility to out country's political discourse that is the basis of our democracy.

     

    We shared a deep concern about the divisiveness that we have seen in our country and we all took the Coffee Party Civility Pledge: "I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest, and respectful toward people with whom I disagree. I value people of different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process"

     

    We spoke about many issues of concern, with health care and education being core areas we want to address.  We spoke about the need for people to come together and work from our "common grounds", to restore civility to our society.

     

    We left the meeting feeling hopeful, part of something significant in the history of our country. After I returned home, a friend sent an article by Tamar Abrams, "Something Is Brewing Across America Today: The Coffee Party Is Percolating".  In it, she shares how significant it felt the first time she voted, and how that is related to the Coffee Party she just attended.  She said, "It was a seminal moment for me, the time I realized I played a part in the direction of my country. It was my Patriot Moment. Today was my second Patriot Moment."

     

    I feel the same way. Today felt significant, a collective effort to restore humanity, civility, and respect to our communities, our country, and to the public process.  I was glad to be a part of it and I know we will continue to build together.

     

    So where do we go from here? We are already planning our next Coffee Party and want to reach out to our Congressmembers and invite them to coffee too. We are committed to working together to solve the challenges our country faces, and to model community and respectful dialogue in the process.

     

    Please join us on this journey!

     

    Official website: CoffeePartyUSA.com
    Facebook group: Join the Coffee Party Movement
    Youtube channel: CoffeePartyUSA
    Twitter @CoffeePartyUSA
    Flickr: Flickr.com/coffeepartyusa

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