Sick of tea parties?
I was excited to hear about the Coffee Party USA website a few days ago, and equally excited friends of mine have been contacting me about it over the past few days as well.
The basic idea is this: form a grassroots group of people who want to be involved in their own governance because they believe we can solve some of our problems through good government. From their about page:
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.
Anyone want to start a Lubbock chapter?
(I do a gazillion things already, so I won’t be organizing this one. But, I will gladly attend!)
On a somewhat related note, I may have found a new favorite T-Shirt.