Coffee Party USA Newsletter
January 19th, 2015
Volume 15, Number 2
President's Column - 2015 Newsletter
by Debilyn Molineaux, Coffee Party USA President
Debilyn Molineaux wants to share "Coffee Party" with you
This week, Coffee Party USA will be represented by me and Jeanene Louden. We're rallying with 20 or more sister organizations to encourage Congress to overturn Citizens United.
This is but one of many Coffee Party activities this month, as you can read about in other articles. You can count on us to have activities each month that focus on the following themes. [more]
A message to our members
by Tim Danahey, Coffee Party USA Director of Public and Member Relations
The Coffee Party's Official Position On ...
There has been a lot of social media discussion, outrage, and defensiveness about a number of issues Coffee Party members have posted. We like the discussion but we offer words of caution to those who may jump to conclusions.
The Coffee Party appreciates the opportunity to bring issues to the attention of members. Some members and interested followers give us words of encouragement while others threaten to cancel their memberships. The internal debate among Coffee Party officers includes, “Should we have posted (published) that article or opinion?” [more]
Join Coffee Party USA in Washington DC
by Jeanene Louden, Coffee Party USA Director & Treasurer
#CU5 is just a few days away! I’m already in Washington DC getting ready.
There are events all across the country on January 21, 2015, marking five years of unhappy consequences of the Citizens United decision. On that day the court gave corporations and unions the green light to give and spend unlimited sums of money on independent political activity. The decision opened the floodgates for dark money: cash from individuals and businesses made anonymous by being laundered through non-profit special interest groups to political candidates. [more]
Coffee Party relaunches our Book Club
by Billy Sears, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement.
Coffee Party January Actions. Are You Ready to Engage?
From Rallying in DC, to relaunching our Book Club, to Petitioning for the Reversal of Citizens United. It's a busy anniversary month for Coffee Party USA.
This month’s Coffee Party Book Club selection is Ralph Nader’s Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. The author makes the claim that we are at one of the most pivotal moments in our country’s political history. Americans are more disillusioned with their political leaders than ever before and large majorities of citizens tell pollsters that big corporations have too much political power. The ever-tightening influence of big business on the mainstream media, elections and our local, state, and federal governments, have caused many Americans to believe they have no political voice.
In reading through the book, the author discusses twenty five reforms to our current system of governance that would directly address the disillusionment, and in some cases down-right apathy that a lot of American’s feel towards our political process. [more]
Richest 1 Percent To Own More Than Half Of The World's Wealth By 2016, Oxfam Finds
The rich keep getting richer, and by next year, just a handful of the upper-class will have accumulated more than half of the world's wealth.
A new report released on Monday by Oxfam warns that this deepening global inequality is unlike anything seen in recent years. [more]