Almost exactly one hundred San Diegans met Sunday, April 11th, for an afternoon of civility and political discourse – as the brand new chapter of San Diego’s Coffee Party held a public display of itself, while presenting Congressman Bob Filner.
The event was at Queen Bee’s in North Park, and it represented a coming-together of the County’s various Coffee Party chapters. There were reps from Ramona, Oceanside, Escondido, and from the various San Diego areas, “Coastal”, “eastern San Diego”, and “mid-city”.
Representative Filner stressed that the nation needed public financing of elections, in order to level the playing field. This issue has become one of the Coffee Party’s central issues. He also heavily criticized the gerrymandering of Congressional districts into “safe” areas – which allows Congresspeople only to have to speak to their own base, and not have to communicate with people who disagree with them. Filner sited that 93% of all Congressional districts are safe for the incumbents in either party.
Local radio personality Stacy Taylor, musician Kenny Eng, and poet SA Griffin took their turns with the crowd.
Near the end, one of the co-founders of the national Coffee Party showed up, Eric Byler, who also shared his thoughts on the origins of the movement. Eric wrote the “Civility Pledge” which all members take.
One guy who has his own website, “Stop Obama”, chanted about Filner.
Here’s Stacy Taylor’s take on the afternoon.
Here’s Shane Finneran’s report in The Reader.