The San Diego chapter of the national Coffee Party movement is holding a kind of “coming-out” party in the late afternoon on Sunday, April 11th, and Congressman Bob Filner is the keynote speaker.
This private affair will be at Queen’s Bee, an entertainment venue/ coffee house in North Park from 3:30pm to 5. Stacy Taylor, one of San Diego’s most popular (ex-) radio personalities will also be on hand as a speaker. There will be music and poetry, so this could be quite a gig.
The San Diego Coffee Party organization is not even one month old. Its first meetings were on March 13th, and there was so much of a turn-out of kindred spirits that it was organized into 3 to 4 groups. There’s also a chapter in Oceanside, one in Carlsbad, and a small one in Ramona. There are efforts a foot to establish one in the South Bay as well.
About a dozen OBceans are active in the “coastal” section and met recently at Jungle Java.
Nationally, the Coffee Party appeared as a response to the Tea Party, and all its violent rhetoric, racism, and incivility. The Coffee Party sees itself as a counter-pole, representing reason, civility, and a motivation to get results and solutions to a myriad of national problems and issues.
Besides bringing civility back into the political discourse, local Coffee Party members are very concerned about campaign finance reform in light of the recent and terrible Supreme Court decision granting corporations unlimited access in terms of resources to campaigns, elections and candidates.
There is a deep resentment also about the influence of corporations not only in elections but throughout our society in general. Coffee Party people are troubled by how our cities are crumbling while we finance two wars. They also want to keep pushing health care reform. There are huge concerns also about unemployment, jobs, the economy.
Less than a month old, the San Diego Coffee Party facebook already has 430 fans. The group has a website, a coordinating or steering committee to work out logistics and overlap among the different groups, and has been trying to change the make-up of grassroots politics.
On Thursday, April 8th, a half dozen coordinators met with Congresswoman Susan Davis to begin discussions with her about issues and solutions.
On Sunday, April 11th, at Queen Bee’s, located at 3925 Ohio St (between University Ave & Lincoln Ave), Coffee Party members, friends, and supporters will have Cong. Filner as a speaker, who will share his thoughts on the major issues affecting our nation, and will also speak about the need for civility in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans.
Stacy Taylor, a long time Southern California talk radio host who’s notorious political and social opinions have earned him respect and disdain (and job insecurity) for 25 years, was also the local voice for Air America’s KLSD. He will take a few moments to share his slant on today’s politics.
Also on hand will be musician and songwriter Kenny Eng, who is a rising star on the San Diego music scene. In early 2010, he released “Live From Lestat’s.”
This release showcased his impressive development as a solo-performer. Kenny will debuting his song especially written for the Coffee Party.
Lastly, in celebration of National Poetry Month, renowned poet S. A. Griffin will stop by with his decommissioned Cold War-era bomb filled with poetry. He will read a few of poems submitted to him from across the country.
The only hitch in Coffee Party organizers’ plans for this event is that certain Tea Party activists are discussing trying tothe shindig by interrupting Cong. Filner. They are not invited, as this is a private event, and will be asked to leave if they indeed become abusive at the party. This is one of the reasons that anyone else wishing to attend is asked to RSVP below.
The event organizers are asking people to RSVP here: Please RSVP today! and also to not bring placards or signs.