Coffee Party USA Newsletter
February 22nd, 2015
Volume 15, Number 4
President's Column - 2015 Newsletter
by Debilyn Molineaux, Coffee Party USA President
Over the last several weeks, I’ve been fortunate to be traveling around the country with my three complementary projects, Coffee Party, USA, Living Room Conversations and a Transpartisan Movement Design Team. With two of these projects, we determined as a team, to practice “Radical Generosity.”
So what the heck is Radical Generosity? [more]
Elections Are Coming!
Coffee Party USA is looking for dedicated volunteers that would love to be extra involved with Coffee Party leadership for a short term project…the Elections!
We are currently accepting emails of interest for Election Committee members. We will accept up to five people to work with three board members on reviewing candidate applications and conducting applicant interviews. The total commitment should be 12-15 hours in April and May.
The Elections Procedures include some important dates and criteria:
To SERVE on the Elections Committee, you must be a member. If you would like to serve on this committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To VOTE in our upcoming election, you must become a member by March 31, 2015.
To APPLY for candidacy, you must become a member AND participate in a work group by March 31, 2015.
I look forward to hearing from you!
A message to our members
by Tim Danahey, Coffee Party USA Director of Public and Member Relations
Some American History Truths and How they Relate to the Coffee Party USA
The history of the original tea party in Boston has largely been misunderstood and erroneously serves as a symbol of today's Tea Party. The original tea party was not about the fight against raising taxes. Rather, it was about the fight against the relationship between the British government and influential corporations. [more]
Coffee Party USA T-Shirt Survey
by Jeanene Louden, Coffee Party USA Director & Treasurer
My “Civility is Patriotic” T-shirt is worn out. When I thought about getting a new shirt, I realized we have an opportunity for a new look. So I asked around for quotes and phrases that represented our commitment to “Civility & Reason” and “Citizen Engagement”. I got lots of great ideas.
Now it is time for you to choose which of these ideas you think would make a wardrobe worthy T-shirt! Feel free to add your own ideas in the comment box: maybe we’ll have to do a run off later! I’ll report back next newsletter.
The choices (so far):[more]
Coffee Party USA contributes to first ever Activist Conference
by Bobby Rodrigo, Coffee Party USA News Room Original Content Blogger/Writer
Coffee Party USA President Debilyn Molineaux joined a wonderful group of activists that also included John B. Wells, Derrick Broze and Dan Johnson for the first ever Activist Conference Live online put on by The Solutions Institute. Coffee Party USA Member Bobby Rodrigo, also a member of the Solutions Institute Adviser Roster, participated as the Event Emcee, Stage Manager and the Internal Communications Committee Chair for the inaugural conference.
Debilyn's presentation was excellent and well received by the sold out conference and is available for viewing at here. Coffee Party USA continues to be involved with a coalition of organizations and events to help shine a light on important issues and to offer as much assistance as possible to fellow activists and organizations to ensure that all the important messages reach as many people in our society as possible.
Engage with Coffee Party through our Book Club
by Billy Sears, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement.
Civility and Reason take front and center with Coffee Party's February Book Club Event
Restarting the Coffee Party USA book club has been a resounding success. You still have time to participate in this month's book reading and radio show. That said, our new book for March will be announced shortly. We hope you will engage with with us and bring your thoughts and ideas. [more]
Let's finish Coffee Party's Birth month with a blast!
Someone once said that The Coffee Party was born running, and that we have had to go back and learn how to walk. In the winter of 2010, our country wasn't in a position where it could wait for us to go through the motions typically associated with any new grassroots start up. The silent, rational, majority in this country needed a voice, and Coffee Party was born to be that voice.
Over the past five years, we have been engaged in thoughtful, civil dialogue, and actions surrounding the problems that our country is faced with. It hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve done it together. We have mobilized locally, with over 400 groups meeting at one point or another. We have mobilized nationally, rallying at the nations capital. We have mobilized virtually, sending countless thousands of letters to our elected officials in Washington and engaging in dialogue on our rapidly growing Facebook page. [more]
Taking Obamacare for granted
Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s done?
Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening to talk on Friday with Sylvia Mathews Burwell,the secretary of Health and Human Services. [more]