Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: The Coffee Party. Growing through a Facebook page, the party pledges to “support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.” Within days of its inception, over 40,000 members joined this website and the numbers are growing quickly. Annabel Park, a documentary filmmaker who lives outside Washington is in shock over the level of energy and attention this website is drawing. She has over 300 requests to start a chapter and cannot keep up. The slogan is “Wake up and Stand Up” and their mission statement declares that the federal government is “not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans ”.
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