Coffee Party Convention
The Facebook phenomenon Coffee Party movement is having it's first national convention this weekend. They are livestreaming online starting at 930am EST today on this Ustream link. The Convention is being held in Louisville, Kentucky September 24-26.
Started out of frustration by Annabel Park, as a rant about the state of politics since the 2010 elections, the Facebook comment on her page inspired a group which now numbers just under 300,000. The organisation has tapped into a demographic that seems to want constructive cooperation among current elected officials and to improve the existing system with open dialogue.
Billed (by others) as an opposition movement, to the Tea Party, Park vehemently contends that the Coffee Party will work with anyone who wants get involved in the governmental process as concerned citizens. True to her word the Coffee Party Convention has invited Tea Party advocate Amy Kremer to appear as one of the panelists, others include Larry Lessig and Dan Choi. The Coffee Party USA website is here.