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07 Dec 2018
07 Dec 2018

Make America Great — Again? Or for the First Time?

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 […]

06 Dec 2018

We Need To Talk: It’s Time to Create and Fund Our Future

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 […]

05 Dec 2018

Remembering President G.H.W. Bush

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 […]

30 Nov 2018
20 Nov 2018

Using Story to Listen

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 […]

18 Nov 2018
The pathology afflicting the country is waning just fast enough

The Pathology Afflicting the Country is Waning Just Fast Enough

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.

15 Nov 2018

Make America Kind Again

A photo of this cap made the rounds in cyberspace not long after the 2016 presidential election. “Make America Kind Again” was the plea. The campaign to be “great again” evidently resonated with enough voters in enough states that the Electoral College was tipped against the popular vote. So now we have what we have here in America – I would say: neither greatness nor goodness. A Pandora’s Box of ugliness has been opened in our society. Of course people […]

13 Nov 2018

Fourteen Skills to Survive Holiday Season’s Social and Political Interactions

By Chrystine Julian, Coffee Party USA volunteer When checking out the Coffee Party USA one of the first things you will encounter is their Civility Pledge. It is a foundation of who they are, what they do and how they do it. It states: “As a member or supporter of the Coffee Party USA, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest, and respectful toward people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, […]

16 Oct 2018

YOU have been Keeping Us Strong for 10 Years

Coffee Party USA is looking for passionate people from all America’s diverse communities who want to work together across our differences to reclaim our government for the people. Ten years ago, Coffee Party was one of the few organizations working against the ways money corrupts our politics and working for non-partisan/trans-partisan citizen involvement. Coffee Party has changed over these ten years but our track record shows that we are still a significant player in our efforts to “reclaim our government […]