Move over Tea Party there’s another movement brewing. Saturday, March 13 was the kick-off of the national Coffee Party where gatherings were scheduled across the country of like-minded citizens upset with government and angry that the Tea Party movement has grabbed the spotlight.
“We need to wake up and work hard to get our government to represent us,” Annabel Park, the movement’s founder, told CNN.
The 41-year-old filmmaker from Washington said she rejects the idea that the Tea Party represents “real America” and claims other groups are also concerned about economic issues, including job security and the federal debt.
So Park started a Facebook page, and asked others to join the movement. The page now has more than 130,000 fans.
The Coffee Party organizers are asking members to hold meetings in local coffee shops across the country, where they can discuss whatever issue they feel the government should be addressing.
As far as the Tea Party is concerned, the Coffee Party is small beans.
“This Coffee Party looks like a weak attempt at satire or a manufactured response to a legitimate widespread grass-roots movement,” Brendan Steinhauser, from FreedomWorks, told CNN.
Another, hopefully larger, meet up session is scheduled for March 27, according to Byler. During the upcoming congressional recess, the movement plans to hold “Coffee with Congress” sessions where they will invite their representatives to sit down for a cup of coffee with them. The movement has even started “campus coffee” branches at universities across the country and hopes to have a day in April where every college campus will have a “coffee date.”
For its second Coffee Party day on March 27, the group is asking people to take its Coffee Party sphere survey by Spherit, which asks 60 questions about a person’s beliefs on a range of issues. The survey creates a visual representation of one’s beliefs and political priorities, which the Coffee Party is using to as a consensus-building tool.
Via NY Daily News