September 14th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Coffee and Tea together?

(CNN) - A leader in the Tea Party movement will take part in what's being billed as the "first annual national convention" for the Coffee Party.

Billed by many as a progressive answer to the much larger conservative Tea Party movement, the Coffee Party was born on Facebook at the beginning of the year. The group became popular online - it has nearly 300,000 Facebook fans - and has held numerous gatherings across the country this year.

In an email release, the group announced that its convention will be held September 24-26 in Louisville, Kentucky, and will feature a panel discussion of transpartisan issues. Among those on the panel will be Tea Party Express chairperson Amy Kremer. The Tea Party Express is one of the best known national Tea Party organizations.

"Earlier this year, we declined most of the invitations we received to appear with Tea Party leaders," said Coffee Party co-founder Annabel Park. "We felt the Coffee Party needed to go through an internal process first. Now that we've done that, we are eager to engage with the Tea Party, and help to move America's civic discourse beyond the narrow confines of partisanship."

The Tea Party Express confirmed Kremer's involvement in the convention.

"We are certainly always willing to have a conversation about the goals of the tea party movement, and find opportunities with work with others to help achieve those goals," says Kremer in a statement. "As a true non-partisan movement, we are happy to engage with all those who are concerned about the troubling state of our economy, and discuss why the tea party movement is so important. I look forward to representing the movement as just one of millions of concerned citizens who are also worried about the direction of the country."

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    T-baggers Lie !!!! They want to infiltrate and corrupt.

    September 14, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    What about the beer party? Sign me up for that one. Have a nice day!

    September 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Well, this is a reason why I left the Coffee Party a long time ago. It was good when it first began because a person was able to go there and find a 'neutral place' to chat and talk with others that were on the same page. It was also nice to be there without SCREAMING and SHOUTING!!! Then it changed!!!

    The TROLLS, as we call them, took over and it was a constant shouting match. It was not comfortable anymore and I left. Recently, I went back and could only recognize about 5 members that were still there – everyone else was NEW!!!

    I truly wish them LUCK!! The Coffee Party was "kinda' non-partisan (without the TROLLS) and you learned to get along with others and actually share some of their views – HOWEVER, the TEA PARTY is NOT bi-partisan and they are all ONE SHADE!!!

    I am T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this Message!!

    September 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Eric

    Come on, the Coffee Party? REALLY?
    Can you not come up with something original on your own?

    How about all five members of the Coffee Party go back to whining about the latest change on Facebook and let the rest of the grown ups sort out this socialist mess you've handed us.

    September 14, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. J

    I'm not impressed. I am a fan of the Coffee Party on facebook, but may not be much longer. The Tea Party Express was formerly led by Mark Williams who left after writing a horribly racist blog post. The Tea Party is also NOT "non-partisan" as they always support GOP candidates and the Tea Party candidates they do have are extreme right wing partisans with crazy views about being against civil rights legislation, ending social security, ending medicare, and advocating for armed resistance if they don't get their way. It is clear that the Tea Party is simply the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP.

    September 14, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    still trying to shake the old "racist image" there hey Tea Partiers? Well I got a warning for you, people in the Coffee Party aren't as easily mislead like you guys and appear to be a tad bit more on the facts check side than you as well. This might be quiet a mismatch once it's done.

    September 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Aaron

    Are the Koch brothers funding the Coffee Party now since they've been bankrolling the Tea Party for years?

    September 14, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. EBC

    I'm confused.... they called themselves "Tea-Baggers"........ and now they are calling themselves the "Coffee-Baggers".

    WHAT THE HELL???? What's next.... the "Hot Chocolate Baggers"?? LMAO. Just when you think the GOP can't get any more ridiculous.

    Can we say delusional, confused and so seriously STUPID?

    September 14, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Ms. Kremer must not read the posts us Coffee Party folks post on Facebook regarding the Tea Party. If she did, she would realize there is no political middle ground between teh parties. The Tea Party are a bunch of extremist radicals, while the Coffee Party are educated liberal thinking minds who would rather discuss solutions to the nation's problems and not attend hate filled rallies.

    September 14, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. U.S. Common Sense

    Now all we need is the soft-drink party, and we're set!

    September 14, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Bernie

    My biggest concerns are not about the economy (it appears to be healthy and recovering) or jobs that in many cases will not return. I am interested in lowering my health insurance costs, the country's infrastructure updating (power grid for instance). I'm most concerned with the Tea Party/Right Wing conservative social agenda. I don't know how to get, say, pro-choice and anti-choice to agree on anything. Good luck to you though!

    September 14, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These people could serve their country well by showing some proof of jobs they've created for Americans rather than for themselves.

    September 14, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Debbie

    Will you people please get a life!

    Go read a book or do something.

    September 14, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Perecorp

    Non partisan my arse, and you forgot racist, divisive and oh did I mention racist! The Tea Party needs to be thrown out into Boston Harbor without any life preservers!

    September 14, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. gary

    The Tea Party just wants to balance by cutting spending rather than raising taxes. It's simple and it makes sense. Everyone should join.

    September 14, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Mat

    Or, Eric, you can go pick up a dictionary, look up the word "Socialist", and try again to explain how the government controlling .000000000004% of the domestic GDP meets the definition of "Socialist". For comparison purposes, Cuba's government controls over 90% of their economy.

    September 14, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    The coffee party sounds really laid back. Not exactly what we need right now.

    September 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Chris

    The coffee party is a joke. Why do they even try?

    September 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. MaryAnn in VA

    re Claudia from Texas Jobs comment:

    It kills me when Americans whine about no jobs here in America and then run to Walmart, Target or other local store and mindlessly shop for things that are made in China, India, Mexico and other places. As Americans we should be checking each item we buy and minimize the products we use from foreign countries(even if they are American owned companies). The only thing that corporations are concerned with is profit and if their profits suffer because we as americans will no longer buy their foreign made products then maybe they'll get the picture. So how about it Coffee and Tea parties, that's an idea I am behind 100%.

    September 14, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |