March 10th, 2010 By | News | Posted In: Public Policy, Protests, Coffee Party

Coffee Party Sets Local Events

Politically minded people who are turned off by the harsh rhetoric and anti-government stance of the Tea Party movement have a new group where they can express their opinions and try to affect public policy — the Coffee Party.

The fledgling movement will hold a series of get-togethers across the nation Saturday to commemorate “National Coffee Party Day.” Several are scheduled in and around Cincinnati, organizers said.

At least three events will be held within the city, in the moderate- and progressive-leaning neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine, Clifton Heights and Northside. The events, all of which begin at noon, will be held at the Coffee Emporium, 110 E. Central Parkway; Rohs Street Café, 245 W. McMillan St.; and Sidewinder Coffee & Tea, 4181 Hamilton Ave.

The events are designed as a kick-off for the movement, and to expand its membership base. Since the Coffee Party was launched last month, it has attracted more than 100,000 followers on its Facebook page.

The Coffee Party, whose motto is “Wake Up and Stand Up,” was formed by Annabel Park, a volunteer filmmaker for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 and an ex-strategy analyst for The New York Times.

According to its Web site, the Coffee Party is designed for “Americans who want to see cooperation in government.” Its mission states, in part, “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.”

Among its primary goals is to remove corporate influence from politics.

The progressive Web site, Firedoglake, recently featured a question and answer session with Park.

03.10.2010 at 11:54 Reply
At first I thought this was a clever idea and I was hopeful that it was really some grassroots thing. Now it seems like it's just the coporate Democrat's attempt to copy the GOP's "Tea Parties". What this country needs is some real Independent Parties and politics, not some more BS PR campaigns to make people feel good about the two corporate parties that are driving this country into the ground. "The two party system is like a bowl of shit starring at itself in the mirror."- Lewis Black


03.13.2010 at 08:10
the coffee party is a necessary evil to combat the hatred coming from the right, it took Moses snake to destroy the pharaoh's magician snakes, God bless the coffee party and the USA


03.14.2010 at 04:14
Fairytales are never helpful.


03.11.2010 at 10:50 Reply
@ Justin - Fact Check: All Coffee Party organizers are volunteers. The Democratic Party has no affiliation with the Coffee Party. Beyond peoples' volunteer time, there is no funding, corporate or otherwise, behind the Coffee Party. According to Coffee Party representatives, the group is not about Dem, Rep, Lib, Indie. Rather, the Coffee Party seems to be about engaging the public and providing space for interested, every day peoples, regardless of their party affiliation, to appropriately participate in their democracy.


03.11.2010 at 01:58
We will see about that. It was started by a Democrat and I saw Congressman John Lewis-a Democrat-promoting it the other day on TV. The Cincinnati Tea Party is made up of volunteers too. I think a little healthy skepticism is in order. If their goal is to get people to back the corporate Democrats that vote for wars, bail outs and hand outs to the drug and health insurance industries then they will be the equivilant of the Tea Parties. The name is obviously meant to be the answer to the Tea Party, not some independent movement that will really challenge the status quo. I bet they end up trying to get people to vote for anti-choice Democrats like Steve Driehaus. He bragged about leading the effort for the Stupak amendment.


03.16.2010 at 04:25 Reply
Thanks for creating this movement. I am so sick of listening to those idiots in the tea party talking about how everything is out of control. Where were they 8 years ago when the republicans were destroying our country. Now that they are not running the country they are so concerned. I am for making our country better. Let's do it.


03.20.2010 at 06:58 Reply
"Great people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about other people."