Click here to read Reeve Hamilton's evocative acount of the Coffee Party National Kick-off day in cities around Texas.
Randy Robles witnessed the FOX News-hyped, rock-concert crowds of the first tax-day Tea Party protest first hand, hoping it would appeal to his fiscally conservative leanings. But standing in the crowd on April 15 last year, he realized quickly that it didn't. Last Saturday afternoon, the 27-year-old full-time janitor sat nervously in a meeting room at San Antonio's Grace Coffee Café for the inaugural meeting of the city's Coffee Party USA. This time, instead of being one of the crowd, he's one of the organizers.
"Driving here today, I was thinking, 'OK, this is real now,'" said Robles, who is working his way — in fits and starts — toward an anthropology degree. "We want everybody to come together regardless of party — leave that at the door. Come in, we’re all Americans, we can get together and solve this if we talk about it.”