Coffee Party Beginnings
Changing the Game: Power, Politics and Participation has an exciting new partnership with the Coffee Party. Our Change Design Lab has turned its attention to helping the Coffee Party Movement grow and develop in its capacities to effectively fulfill its vision and mission. This post begins a series that will feature the Coffee Party, Movemnet For The People, and what it will take (theory of change) to shift the ballance of power in politics thru participation.
Changing the Game is helping in the design and facilitation of the participation processes at the FOR THE PEOPLE Summit Jan 20-22 in Washington DC. The Summit is being held to mark what happened one year ago, on January 21, 2010,when the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on “Citizens United v. FEC” opened the door to unlimited spending by corporations in our elections.
Let’s start at the beginning. Less than a year old the Coffee Party starts when Annabel Park speaks her mind on her Facebook page. Annabel ‘rants” , an accidental leader emerges, the Coffee Party Movement is born, and a Mission is begun. Enjoy. Walt
We are Americans working to create a fair and inclusive society. Our members represent the diversity of thought, background, and circumstance that is found in the cities, towns, and neighborhoods of our country. We are a meeting place for Americans seeking common ground and collective action to strengthen our democracy.
We maintain our independence from all political parties and labels. Yes, we are non-partisan, but being non-partisan does not mean we will not take positions. It means that Coffee Party members will arrive at positions based on principles and facts; not on party affiliation. By seeking and spreading accurate information, we empower ourselves to take action and participate in government based on informed decisions.
The Coffee Party provides a place where men and women of all ages, races, physical abilities, and orientations can come together for a respectful and honest exchange of ideas. We believe that by talking and learning together – we can take action to solve the problems facing our nation. Along with national goals, we encourage Coffee Party chapters across the country to pursue local and regional projects chosen by their members.
As voters and grassroots volunteers, we understand that the federal government is not our enemy, but the expression of our collective will – and we pledge to both support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them. The Coffee Party USA believes that the influence of money, and the politics of fear and exclusion, stand in the way of a government “of, by and for the people.”
We believe in the Constitution and ‘the common good’, and will work to ensure that the voices of the people – not the power of the dollar – decide the policies and the direction of our nation.
Our love of country is not based on division. It is founded on our shared belief in democracy, equality, liberty, and justice. These are the ideals that define us as a nation. This is the heritage we wish to pass on to future generations.