… and I will walk a mile in yours. Imagine the world we could create together when we walk together. This is what we do at Coffee Party USA. Join us.
Longtime volunteer and Board Member, Jeanene Louden, says “Coffee Party saved my life.” If you feel like today’s political climate is sucking the life out of you, you will want to read her story. I’ve often said Coffee Party saved my life. In 2010, the vitriol of the day inspired me to ‘joust for justice’ on social media. Some of the rhetoric was so mean and so inaccurate I felt a need to respond. I see now I was […]
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 […]
Here at Coffee Party, we reach out to one another across our differences in order to help create an America that works for everyone. Find out more about us here at our website.
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 […]