Cross-Posted with Honolulu Coffee Party Examiner
On January 26, 2010 Annabelle Park sat in front of her computer screen wondering where the civility had gone in political discussion. Growing tired of seeing the heated rhetoric from the Tea Party news coverage, she began to wonder if people were willing to come together and peacefully discuss the problems facing America and to find solutions. It was then that the Coffee Party was started. Initially just an open question posted to a Facebook group, the Coffee Party soon became a popular place where over 150,000 users joined the call to bring civility back into political discourse.
From a noble beginning, the Coffee Party has aimed to bring citizens from all over the political spectrum in the hopes that new ideas will be found to help the country. A key component to the balance is the Coffee Party’s stance that there be no debates, but instead, discussion and understanding of ideas. The movement promotes a breeding ground for independent ideas. It is a group of people who choose to be the solution to the problem instead of just complaining about it. On the official Coffee Party website is the clever slogan, “Wake Up and Stand Up.”
The Coffee Party encourages citizens to host local meetings to discuss the problems pertinent to the community. On March 27, 2010, the organization held hundreds of localized meetings around the country. Hawaii featured a few meetings in the Honolulu area that drew a modest crowd of about 50 concerned citizens. It was still a big victory for organizers as the event was primarily advertised via the Hawaii chapter’s Facebook page as well as the Coffee Party web site. Participants at the events included veterans, teachers, college students and various other concerned citizens. There were also many Tea Party members that were in search of a civil discussion on the issues.
The Coffee Party is poised to become a force in Hawaii as well as the nation. Citizens are looking for ways to get involved. The Coffee Party is just what many are looking for. Stay tuned to this site for more Coffee Party news and insight into the movement.
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