In its own words, “the Coffee Party’s long-term focus is to develop, replicate, and sustain an effective method of engagement. We are creating models of participation based on responsible citizenship — a sense of civic duty, patriotism, and a respect for our democratic system of government. Our goal is an informed and involved electorate that takes seriously the responsibilities of citizenship, not only for the purpose of winning elections, but to effectively govern our nation on behalf of The People, and no other interest.”
The group, which is a party in the same sense as most Tea Party outfits, plans to hold a convention from September 24 – 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. One event the convention will host is a “transpartisan dialogue”. From the Facebook page on Friday:
CONVENTION NEWS: Transpartisan Dialogue on Sept. 25 will include: Joseph McCormick (moderator), Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express, Annabel Park of Coffee Party, Larry Lessig, Mark McKinnon. We’ve invited reps from: Organizing for America, Independentvoting.org, Green Party, Campaign for Liberty, Libertarian Party and FreedomWorks.
All of the groups in bold commonly find mention here on IPR. Independentvoting.org recently submitted an amicus curiae brief in a Colorado lawsuit on behalf of Independent State Representative Kathleen Curry. While Campaign for Liberty is not a partisan organization, it has worked with third party candidates in the past (like in this recent San Francisco event). However, these groups have not yet accepted the invitation to attend.