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The Coffee Party - The Tea Party Alternative

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Mar 14, 2010

From Web Link

Coffee Party USA aims to reinvigorate the public sphere, drawing from diverse backgrounds and diverse perspectives, with the goal of expanding the influence of the People in America's political arena. We do not require nor adhere to any preexisting ideology. We encourage deliberation guided by reason amongst the many viewpoints held by our members. We see our diversity as a strength, not a weakness, because we believe that faithful deliberation from multiple vantage points is the best way to achieve the common good. It is in the responsible and reasonable practice of deliberation that we hope to contribute to society.

Coffee Party USA is made up of people acting independently of political parties, of corporations, and of political lobbying networks. To this point, all products created and hours logged for Coffee Party have been carried out in the spirit of volunteerism. In the coming months and years, we hope to transform our disappointment in our current political system into a force that will return our nation to a course of popular governance, of the People by the People for the People.

We are diverse — ethnically, geographically, politically, in age and in experience.

We are 100% grassroots. No lobbyists here. No pundits. And no hyper-partisan strategists calling the shots in this movement. We are a spontaneous and collective expression of our desire to forge a culture of civic engagement that is solution-oriented, not blame-oriented.

We demand a government that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices; NOT corporate interests as expressed by misleading advertisements and campaign contributions.

We want a society in which democracy is treated as sacrosanct and ordinary citizens participate out of a sense of civic duty, civic pride, and a desire to contribute to society. The Coffee Party is a call to action. Our Founding Fathers and Mothers gave us an enduring gift — Democracy — and we must use it to meet the challenges that we face as a nation.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

MOTTO: IF YOU CAN'T LIVE AND YOU CAN'T DIE...MAKE COFFEE!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I wonder how many derivative Parties will be created.

The Cappuccino Party
The Chai Party
The Yerba Mate Party
The Ginseng Party
The Chamomile Party
The Water Party


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Posted by Pleasanton Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Both the New York Times and Washington Post willingly portrayed the political operative, Annabel Park, who launched the Coffee Party, as a civic-minded activist.

Thanks to Twitter, Linked-in and cached websites that linger on after being taken down, the evidence shows that Park is a professional political operative in the Obama camp.

Annabel Park is a Korean-American filmmaker who was in charge of creating video clips during the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

"I found that people have little understanding of the change that Senator Barack Obama is advocating. I thought from my experience in using videos for civil movements that videos would be the best way to promote the need for change and for Obama. That's why I decided to work for the Obama campaign," Annabel Park said.

Park's claim that the Coffee Party is "purely grassroots" and "independent of any party" is laughably rebutted by the fact that the registrant for the website was listed as "Real Virginians For Webb, 14461 Sedona Drive, Gainesville, Virginia 20155" until the information suddenly went private behind a proxy. That's "Webb" as in Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, one of at least two elected Democrats for whom Park has actively campaigned.

The other Democrat? Barack Obama. So intense was her support for the would-be president that Park co-directed a video for the YouTube channel, UnitedForObama, in which she encourages her mother to give a pro-Obama testimonial in their native Korean. The slick four-minute production, titled "Annabel's Mom Takes on Sarah Palin, In Korean!!!," features jaunty piano music and English translations of her mother's homage to Obama, including this comment, which has the vague ring of a "Dear Leader" haiku:

"I listened to Obama's speeches/and, though my English isn't perfect/I started to change my mind about him./I came to understand/what he wanted to accomplish/and what we really need is Obama."

What is even more remarkable is that lurking on the web is proof that Park's politics could be no surprise to either the NYT or WaPo. She had published an op-ed in the WaPo, and actually worked at the NYT as a researcher!

The willingness of these newspapers to go along with an effort to dupe the public into accepting an astroturf group as a genuine grass roots group is despicable. In this era, it takes only a minute or two to dig up the background of virtually anyone active in politics. Ignoring Park's past is negligence at best.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

The Birdy Birdy Party.

The Pork Chop Party.

The Illegals Party

The Fanne Fox Party

The Pope is BUSTED Party!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Pleasanton Mom,

Do I detect a little jealousy of someone hoarding in on the Party movement? Can you please let us all know what your affiliation is?


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Q: What is Coffee Party USA's affiliation with Virginia Senator Jim Webb?

The only connection between Senator Webb and Coffee Party USA is a GoDaddy web hosting account for a website that used the Senator's name in its URL. Many of Coffee Party USA's founding members are residents of Virginia, and thus constituents of Senator Webb. Real Virginians for Webb, like Coffee Party USA, was a grassroots/netroots organization that was funded entirely by private, individual donations, and powered strictly by volunteers. We asked GoDaddy to make personal information private out of consideration for the current occupants of a home that has been receiving unwanted attention.



Q: Did Annabel Park work for the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign?

Annabel Park, who created this fan page and ignited the Coffee Party movement, volunteered for Obama in 2008 along with millions of her fellow Americans. She and her partner, Eric Byler, created a YouTube channel for filmmakers to contribute videos supporting Obama (www.youtube.com/unitedforobama). No one got paid. A Korean journalist (Annabel is Korean-American) inaccurately reported that she worked for the campaign as a videographer. You can check the Obama campaign and White House payroll. It's public information.

Q: Does Annabel Park work for the New York Times?

Annabel Park worked briefly for the New York Times as a strategy analyst over ten years ago. She was not in the news department. She recently deleted her LinkedIn account (which contained this public information) because she had been receiving hateful messages there. She doesn't hide the fact that she once worked for the NY Times. It was stated clearly in a recent article in the Washington Post.

To date, neither Annabel nor Eric Byler have ever been hired by a political campaign or by a political organization. They are active citizens who, as volunteers have knocked on doors, made phone calls, and made videos such as these:

www.youtube.com/2010okinawa

www.youtube.com/9500Liberty

www.youtube.com/unitedforobama

www.RealVirginiansForWebb.com

www.youtube.com/ericbyler52


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Posted by Pleasanton Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

My affliation? I'm affiliated with America, my husband and children, and God. I'm just a regular American who started seeing things that didn't make sense after Obama took office, things that made me fear for my kids' future. I guess I'm part of the Sleeping Giant who suddenly woke up.

I have NEVER followed politics in my life before Obama.

Jealous of anyone or anything? No. As I matured, I learned not to resent or begrudge others for what they have. It's just none of my business, it's between them and God. I am thankful everyday for what God has blessed me with, and I don't envy anyone anything. God uses us all differently. I don't question that. I have friends who are way better off (materially) than I am, but they are the most wonderful generous people ever. All my former bosses are wealthy, and they too were so good to me, they blessed my life, and I am thankful for them and what God did with them.


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Of all the stories on the web about these posers, this one is the best: Web Link

"Exit quotation from the WaPo piece: "I don't really understand what they're about other than 'we don't like the Tea Party' and 'we're for a better process.'"


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Posted by Pleasanton Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

Real Grass Roots is from the bottom up, not from Obama down


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Posted by The Liberals are Coming!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Pleasanton Mom,
before you start mouthing off about the neighbors, pay attention to what's happening under your own roof:

"'Fair and Balanced' Fox News agressively promotes 'tea party' protests: Web Link


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