Google+ FAQ - Coffee Party USA


What is your relationship to Barack Obama?


Make no mistake -- the Coffee Party is comprised of hundreds of thousands of Americans who have supported a variety of Republican and Democratic candidates over the years in their personal capacity. To address a bit of misinformation floating around about this, Annabel Park, the founder of the Coffee Party has never been paid to participate in the political process. Like millions of other Americans, she volunteered for Barack Obama in 2008. The Coffee Party does not endorse candidates for office.

Are you funded by George Soros?


We’ve not received any money from Mr. Soros. But we wouldn't be opposed to it. Can you introduce us? Our funding has come from our members, with an average donation of $28.

What is your theory of change?


When Americans are informed AND engaged it will lead to better outcomes. We must free ourselves from partisan politics and powerful special interests in order to empower Americans to transform their government. The only way our system will change, is when we use our democratic process to make it change.

Does the Coffee Party take corporate donations?


We have not been offered any to this point. If corporations are willing to stand in support of the reforms we seek to the tax code, our campaign finance laws, and the way Wall Street does business, we’d be happy to have their support. Unlike its ability to buy influence in Washington, our coffee isn’t for sale – so to speak.

Does the Coffee Party speak with one voice or will it entertain differing points of view to be articulated under the Coffee Party trademark?


Unlike strict boss enforced partisanship — we encourage thoughtful, civil discussions amongst our diverse membership. We are evangelical about free speech and open dialogue because we have the confidence to know that a fact-based, open deliberative process will lead to a better outcome than we have now.

If a party’s platform is inherently in conflict with a Coffee Party stated position will it publicly oppose it?


If we are ever to reform our tax code, campaign finance laws, and the way Wall Street does business, the Coffee Party must remain focused on these important issues and resist being drawn into party politics.

How do you mitigate the inherent conflict between Conservatives, Moderates, Liberals, and Libertarians in one organization and still allow it to stand as one organization?


Bullheaded partisanship has done that for us.  Those who have joined the Coffee Party acknowledge that Washington is broken as a result of gridlock inducing spawned in large part by partisanship. Transcending partisanship is about meeting each other as fellow Americans so we can work together without concern for party politics.

The millions Americans who have been unemployed or underemployed at different times over the past few years come from different political and cultural backgrounds.  There is an inclusiveness and a diversity in the people impacted by the corrupted political process, and, we are now seeing that inclusiveness and diversity among those who are ready to speak truth to power, with an awareness of the root causes of our collective suffering.

Why does Coffee Party consider itself a transpartisan organization when the middle class centric values it advocates are generally defined as Liberal?


We’re beyond the need for bi-partisanship. What we need a full-scale rejection of partisanship because both parties are plagued by similar issues. We count among our ranks people who may describe themselves as liberals, progressives, Democrats, moderates, Independents, Republicans and conservatives. It is hardly surprising that such a coalition can be built when the need for change is so dire. In the end, transpartistan essentially means transcending parties, not including all parties. It's about not relying on easy political labels, but seeing and valuing other people as individuals with unique experiences and insights.

How are you related to the Tea Party?


We share their frustration and anxiety and the general sense that they don’t feel represented by their government. We have a difference of opinion about solutions. The solution they offer is to regard the government as inherently bad for the people. The government is not our enemy, we are the government. It is an expression of our collective will and if there is a problem we have to be the ones to fix it.

Who funds the Coffee Party?


Our average donation is $28 – the price of a cup of coffee and doughnut each day for a week. So, unless we have some billionaires holding out on us, I think it is safe to say that the very people who need help the most in this country support us.

What is your demand?


We want money out of politics and our government returned to the people. We want Wall Street regulated, investigated, and held accountable. No more too-big-to-fail financial institutions. 1% must pay its fair share.

Will the Coffee Party endorse a candidate?


No. The Coffee Party is focused on issues that will transform Washington.  This isn’t about personalities. Electoral politics distract from the important work to be done on these issues. The Coffee Party wants to make getting money out of politics the defining election issue in 2012.

What is your vision for America?


Reason, truth and civility in public affairs. A government of public servants accountable to the People, not funders. A People committed to civic virtue, compassion and the common good.

What is the Coffee Party?


Coffee Party USA is a grassroots, non-partisan movement aimed at restoring the democratic process. It started on Facebook as a popular fan page in January 2010 and has since blossomed into a national organization with a social network of over half a million people.

Our path to restoring democracy in America includes:

  • Identifying and advocating for legislative fixes to reform campaign finance laws, Wall Street regulations, and the tax code;
  • Promoting cultural changes to address political disengagement, polarization and widespread misinformation.

Our activities often center around encouraging inclusive, civil, fact-based, solution-oriented dialogue — online and in public places such as coffee houses — in which we meet, talk, become informed and engaged as fellow Americans, rather than as members of political parties

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