Would You Share a Cup of Coffee With This Woman?



Cheri DelBrocco, who writes the ever-popular online column "Mad as Hell" for the Flyer, is an activist, too, and she is one of those taking the lead in addressing citizen concerns through a progressive alternative to the “Tea Party” movement — namely, through Coffee Party USA.

Want to have coffee with Cheri and others and talk over how to solve some real problems? Saturday is the day to do it. Here’s a press release on the subject.

"MEMPHIS, TN —Today Coffee Party USA, a new grassroots effort that has captured the attention of the nation, announced it will hold a community event at OTHERLANDS COFFEE BAR, 641 COOPER ST. AT 2:30 PM as part of National Coffee House Day on March 13, 2010.

"In the midst of growing frustration with the political climate of the country, the grassroots movement Coffee Party USA has declared March 13, 2010, National Coffee House Day, during which Americans across the country will meet at coffee houses and around kitchen tables to facilitate informative and civil dialogue about a myriad of issues. This diverse and non-partisan organization has drawn members from all walks of life who wish to regain their civic pride and have a strong desire to contribute to the political discourse that is the basis of our democracy.

"The Coffee Party movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government, and welcomes everyone to the table. 'We are purely grassroots movement, independent of any party, corporation, or lobbying organization. That is our strength and we plan to use it to facilitate a collaborative process that would encourage people to come together as a community, checking party affiliation at the door,' said Annabel Park, the founder of Coffee Party USA. As voters and grassroots volunteers, they intend to use new media and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

"On March 13, 2010, National Coffee House Day, Coffee Party USA plans to take the next steps towards creating a movement that will reignite the passion for civil discourse and participatory democracy that has been absent from the political arena for some time. 'We want a society in which democracy is treated as sacrosanct. 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,' Park says."

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