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20 Mar 2019
18 Mar 2019

Common Ground with our Coffee Party president: March

Heather Prabish I’ve been watching various people announce their candidacy for president. My thoughts have ranged from “Interesting” to “Oh for pete’s sake, sit down…we don’t need any more old white men running for president” to “I really hope so and so runs”.  It seems like there is not shortage of political candidates. But one national office is not an indicator of the political vibrancy of the nation. A few days ago, I got my local sample ballot.  Nearly half […]

18 Mar 2019

Who Will Be The Neighbor?

I’ve come to the understanding that “enemy” is a social construct. I think humans are born with a need for community, for connection and our first instincts are to welcome and trust all with whom we come into contact. There is no “other” when we begin this journey; we all are human. But somewhere in the process of clarifying that age-old “who is my neighbor” question, we think we need to decide who is in our circle and who is […]

02 Mar 2019

Why Bother with Civility? Because It Works!

I have learned that how we say what we say determines whether or not we are heard. I can’t tell you how many times someone has kicked off a “conversation” by mocking, criticizing or demeaning me. When it happens, that little voice inside my head is screaming what I should say back so loud I cannot hear anything else. I certainly can’t hear what it is they actually want me to know. Sound familiar? The irony is that NOT calling […]

25 Feb 2019

Women’s March 2019: Some Reflections

Coffee Party USA Board member, Jeanene Louden, tells how the women’s marches help her work toward her vision (and the Coffee Party vision) of “a nation of diverse communities sharing a culture of informed public engagement that sustains a tradition where our solemn duty to vote is the currency of our democracy.”   The 2019 Women’s March was an event I looked forward to, planned for, and attended with jubilation. My memories are both endearing and empowering. A month later, I am still basking in the […]

25 Feb 2019

It’s About Dignity, Stupid!

First, let me apologize. I don’t really think you are stupid. I was competing for your attention with an oxymoron. And also to demonstrate how easy it is to get attention by using denigrating language. Something titled “Dignity Is the Answer” would not interest as many people. Yet I know the world would be improved if dignity were our basis for living. When dignity is present, all things are possible. Dignity is the right of a person to be valued […]

09 Feb 2019

Volunteer Spotlight – Jeanne Bear

Jeanne Bear is the subject of our volunteer spotlight for February 2019.  Jeanne joined us as a member back in 2011, and then began volunteering for us two years ago in several of our work groups.  Jeanne volunteers in Public Relations and National Community Organizers. She has also volunteered in Strategic Implementation.  Jeanne lives Portland, Oregon and is a retired technical writer for Hewlett-Packard. Jeanne was involved in the Coffee Party locally back in 2011 and would meet with others […]

02 Feb 2019
26 Jan 2019

2010-2019: Happy Birthday Coffee Party USA!

Coffee Party USA is one of many affinity groups that emerged from the political cauldron we called 2010. A January 26 Facebook post went viral and by Valentines’ Day a movement was brewing (pun intended). Our name implies that if Americans sat down and had a cup of coffee in a cafe or at a living room coffee table, we would find a spark of common ground. Finding how we are alike (rather than focusing on our differences) requires the […]

25 Jan 2019

Happy 9th Birthday, Coffee Party USA!

Vince Lamb, Coffee Party USA Board of Directors, celebrates our Coffee Party birthday on National Irish Coffee Day. This fun blog has birthday music and a great Irish Coffee recipe. Enjoy! A year ago today, I wished my readers Happy Irish Coffee Day and Happy Birthday to Coffee Party USA!  Today, I am reversing the order and wishing Coffee Party USA an early happy 9th birthday.  I begin the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the nonprofit for […]