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The local chapter of the Coffee Party political movement will hold a rally Saturday to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Iraq War, and call for reallocating war funds to a more useful domestic purpose.

The event, entitled the Patriotic American Peace Rally, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at downtown's Fountain Square. It will feature various speakers including an Iraq war veteran, along with live music.---

Coffee Party Cincinnati is encouraging Cincinnatians to take a stand against war, violence and hate,” the group said in a prepared statement. “We believe that war is not the way to resolve conflicts in the 21st Century and that our nation's resources would be better invested in putting Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure and improving the lives of the American people.”

Group leaders say they've invited other groups from across the political spectrum because they believe “there are people on the left and the right that oppose the war in Iraq and our bipartisan foreign policy which has America policing the world.”

The national Coffee Party movement was founded by Annabel Park, a nonprofit worker who studied philosophy at Boston University and political theory at the University of Oxford in Britain. She started a Facebook group called “Join the Coffee Party” in response to media coverage that she believes wrongly cast the Tea Party as a symbol of America.

The organization's initial kickoff was held in March 2010. For more information, contact Sheli Delaney via e-mail

<![CDATA[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.