We talk a lot about civility here at Coffee Party USA. And we get a lot of push back. Coffee Party and several of our partners work hard to demonstrate and facilitate respectful engagement in this divisive political and cultural climate. We have our work cut out for us because across the spectrum, from left to right, an awful lot of people just do not want to be civil; I think too many people just want to win. We are […]
Coffee Party Director, author and activist, Egberto Willies, spends much of his time engaging people from across the political spectrum. Here is a delightful story about how acquaintances grew into real friends as they dared honest and open dialogue across their differences. My hope for a real humane egalitarian society rests with millennials and Gen Zs
First, let me apologize. I don’t really think you are stupid. I was competing for your attention with an oxymoron.
Civil conversation is hard. Whenever people in a multifaceted, multicultural civilization try to have a civil discussion, things can get complicated very quickly. Our past experiences, our societal conditioning, our moral assumptions can place us in very different worlds when it comes to communicating. We talk to each other—sometimes using identical vocabulary—but we discover that words don’t necessarily mean the same things for people whose very lives function with an entirely different complex of meaning than our own. This happens […]
I cry every time I watch the six minute opening scene from The Newsroom, an HBO series from 2012. Yes, it’s well produced, written and acted. But that’s not why I cry. I cry because the words spoken call to the longing in my heart of what I want our country to be. Of what I thought our country was as I grew up. It echoes my belief before I learned that the America referenced was a myth — that some […]
Collectively, there are thousands of organizations and funders already working to improve our country. So why does our country appear to be a mess? The weakest part of our country is our willingness to live in a narrative/news stream that confirms our own bias and demonizes others. We could make our collective work exponentially more effective by fostering strong relationships among people of different viewpoints. Our current frayed social fabric is the result of “winner take all” politics, party loyalty […]
As I watched the service for Bush 41, I remembered the seeds of discord that were sowed 1980-92, which has led to the political environment we have today. I disagreed with most of the Bush 41 policies. I was appalled by the air attacks on Iraq, at the incompletion of the battle and other civilian casualties that resulted from his policies. There were highlights and lowlights. Our national power struggle became visceral. Our belief that our voice mattered to the […]
Charlotte Coyle, Coffee Party USA president, blogs about one of her recent experiences on our Coffee Party Facebook page. I used to never, ever read the comments people make in cyberspace. We’ve all heard how toxic the conversation can be when commenters get to say whatever they want with the safety of distance and anonymity of the internet. But now I read the comments and – besides the ugliness – I’m discovering some hopeful respectful connections in places I never […]
By Jeanne Bear, Coffee Party USA volunteer In our current body politic what could rationally be called conversation and reason are difficult. Many people meeting face-to-face can’t quite reach that level of exchange. So what can be done if all they exchange are volleys of cherry-picked fake news, rants all about their anger or fears, and claims that government is the problem? It is a tough challenge when shame, fear, and cynicism are where it starts. An anticipated conversation may […]
The Midterm 2018 Blue Wave proved that the pathology is waning. Unfortunately, the defeat of Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, and Beto O’Rourke makes is clear it is not occurring fast enough.