'Coffee Party' Brews Up Progressive Answer to Tea

Activists say civil discourse beats tea partying
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 7:04 AM CST

Citizens who say tax protests and rage against government aren't their cup of tea have started a caffeinated movement of their own. The Coffee Party movement "gives a voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government," says founder Annabel Park, who became the movement's de facto organizer after creating a Facebook page that snowballed into chapters in at least 30 states.

The movement aims to see the government treated with the respect it deserves as the collective will of the people, and to push for the progressive change most of its members voted for in 2008. "The thing that appealed to me about the Coffee Party is it is very grass-roots, there's no official organization," one member, echoing the feelings of Tea Party activists on the other side of the political divide, tells the Washington Post.
(More Coffee Party stories.)

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