March 14th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
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Update: Fledgling Coffee Party deems kickoff a success


Washington (CNN) - The new Coffee Party movement deemed its official kickoff Saturday a "huge success," with dozens of talks held at coast-to-coast coffee shops as members came together to discuss the issues most important to them.

Billed by many as an answer to the conservative Tea Party movement, the Coffee Party was born on Facebook just six weeks ago. While the group has become an instant hit online - it boasts more than 141,000 Facebook fans as of Saturday - gauging the success of this weekend's coffee meetups was predicted to be an indicator of the group's strength.

A statement released by the party said "today's coffee houses have been a huge success - both for Coffee Party USA and for democracy. All across the U.S., Americans from all political sides sat down for civil conversation and, of course, coffee."

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  1. Aaron

    Any effort to provide an alternative to the two dyfunctional, corrupt mainstream parties that we have been suffering through for years would be ideal for continuation of the democracy. Unfortunately, the Tea Party is a for profit institution. Hopefully, the Coffee Party will not end up as a tool for either the Dems or Repubs.

    March 14, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Bren

    Between the Tea Party movement and the 9-12 Project---there are millions of members.........NOT 60 people who show up at a coffee shop in Georgia for the "coffee party".

    Last year in Washington.........Millions of Tea Party and 9-12 Project members showed up to protest.........

    According to the DC police--this was the largest protest in the history of protests in DC.

    Yet, CNN gave more coverage to the "coffee party"-–with a total of 200 attendees--–then they gave the protests in DC, in which millions attended.

    March 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. mary

    Good job, join Coffee Party USA.

    March 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Andyski Texas

    US Citizens don't need "Parties" we need "Representation"!

    Citizens don't need another 2 Parties (Tea and Coffee) that will end up fighting each other for voters and business support and, in the end, will lead to bickering and smearing each other, just the way the current 2 Party system works. In fact, the Coffee and Tea parties have already started to throw barbs at each other even though the Coffee Party movement is only a couple of days old. What we need is for Government (Local, State and Federal) to "Listen to their Citizens". That's the way our forefathers set up Government via the "Representative" system. The problem is that far too many of our "Representatives" are focused on supporting their Parties and Lobbyists, in a near-fraud manner, rather than supporting their Citizens, who they are chartered to represent. The current system can work, if we Citizens get more active and educated regarding our Representatives and kick out the bad Apples and replace them with those who will support their Citizens first and foremost.

    While there will be good from the Tea and Coffee Party movements in getting Citizens more actively involved in discussions and sharing information, I fear the negatives of bickering, smearing and distribution of mis-information, in the end, will outweigh the benefits and will end up being the focus of most media outlets. We need active Citizens involvement and media outlet that is truly focused on the "common" needs of the Citizens rather than on the "differences" and bickering of all the different "parties". The more we bicker, the less Citizen and media energy and attention will be applied to refocusing our Government to meet our true common needs. We could benefit from Citizens getting together for regular constructive discussions regarding our needs and how to best get those needs addressed, but the "serious discussions" rather than "parties" shouldn't care who's drinking coffee or tea (or even Kool-Aid as with the Democratic and Republican Parties)!!

    March 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. John

    Unlike the Tea Party perhaps the Coffee Party movement will talk about the "truth" instead of false claims and hysterical hyperbola.

    March 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. dwayne

    I'm in...all about the coffee. Look, working people drink a lot of coffee for the long working days ahead, the wealthy...of course they have their tea. Let's do what we do best coffee party...work!

    March 14, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |