The Coffee Party appears to be a grassroots movement that sprang up as a counterweight to the raucous Tea Party Movement of late 2009 that came together to protest the Obama administration policies, including health care reform. The Coffee Party claims to be "100% grassroots, no lobbyists here, no pundits." The group's Web site says,
Coffee Party USA aims to reinvigorate the public sphere, drawing from diverse backgrounds and diverse perspectives, with the goal of expanding the influence of the People in America's political arena. We do not require nor adhere to any preexisting ideology. We encourage deliberation guided by reason amongst the many viewpoints held by our members. We see our diversity as a strength, not a weakness, because we believe that faithful deliberation from multiple vantage points is the best way to achieve the common good. It is in the responsible and reasonable practice of deliberation that we hope to contribute to society.
This group appears to have been started by documentary filmmaker Annabel Park, evolving from comments she made on a social networking site, according to an NPR interview with Annabel Park which aired March 13th, 2010.
- John Stauber, The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, March 15, 2013, CounterPunch.
Web site: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/ The Coffee Party's Web site offers only a Web form for contact, and doesn't give any address, phone or other contact information.