The Coffee Party began on this day in 2010. I’ll admit I was concerned about the saturating cable news coverage being afforded the Tea Party, but this was my primary hope 4 years ago, and it is still true today:
Coffee Party USA is a democracy movement, and our goal is to have the government truly reflect the will of the people. — From "Why I Started Coffee Party," CNN.com, March 18, 2010
The rapid growth of our online community was an early indication that Americans hunger to create and respond to political content; not just consume it. And, on Jan. 26, 2010, five days after the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, America was entering a period of increased awareness of the corrupting influence of money in politics.
These two countervailing forces — the power of money to influence elections, and, the power of the People to do so — have been in conflict ever since. I’m proud of the fact that Coffee Party has been right in the middle of it every single day. For this, I thank you. I am deeply grateful for your part in the movement.
What have I been up to? A few years ago, we decided that the best way to run a democracy movement would be to have its members elect its leaders. So, I have been contributing to America’s struggle to preserve self-governance in other ways (while watching as Coffee Party takes on new challenges like a parent whose child has left the nest).
Eric Byler and I are nearing completion of our second feature-length documentary: Story of America: Journey Into the Divide. A few days ago, I published an article on Huffington Post based on our year of reporting on North Carolina’s political struggle (our web video series has surpassed 1.3 million views, thanks in large part to your support).
I want very much for the Coffee Party to succeed in its goals of fighting money in politics by creating a civil, fact-based environment for dialogue and civic engagement. Please click here to volunteer to help us operate Coffee Party’s vast social media network. Click here to become a voting member. And please consider donating to help the Coffee Party continue to contribute to our national narrative on behalf of everyday people like us.