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Update on Coffee Party Convention in Louisville, KY September 24-26

Featured Events:

"Mock Constitutional Convention" chaired by Lawrence Lessig and Mark McKinnon

"Across the Political Divide: A Transpartisan Dialogue" a round table discussion moderated by Joseph McCormick

"The Great American Conversation: What can we do for our country?" a round table moderated by Linda Killian

"Presentation of the Coffee Sphere" by Phil Lawson, author, inventor and the creator of the Coffee Sphere

"Rock for Democracy" a Night of Jammin' with Rock Band


Other Confirmed Participants: Frances Moore Lappé, Dave Rauschkolb, Zephyr Teachout


Other Events:

1. Training (dialogue facilitation, conflict resolution, leadership, organizing and growing chapters, applying Coffee Party methodology to political action, voter engagement, best practices from local chapters, best practices from other organizations)

2. Issues (Campaign finance reform, financial reform, corporatocracy, Citizens United, focus on jobs, impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, healthcare, economy, federal budget/deficit, personal finance/surviving the economy, alternative energy, immigration, net neutrality, foreign policy, Iraq & Afghanistan, military industrial complex)

3. Searching for Solutions (Alternative currency, Gross Happiness Index, Local living communities)

4. Participants will be able to submit proposals at the beginning of second day of conference to create a session.

General assembly on Sunday to World Cafe discussions and a straw poll vote about next steps for the Coffee Party.

"To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it." -- Henry David Thoreau



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