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Press  For Democracy covers current political news from a transpartisan viewpoint. In other words, putting the country before the party. Extra emphasis on Money in Politics issues.
Tonight: Are You Transpartisan? Is the Coffee Party?
Since its inception, The Coffee Party’s mantra has revolved around transpartisanship. Its mandate was to create a safe place where voices from all parties and all political philosophies could meet to discuss and find workable solutions to our common problems.
To accomplish this lofty goal, our membership make-up needs to include Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Tea Partiers, Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Socialists, and others. Today we're asking for your help in determining our progress. But to do so, we need your help. Please reply to the following questions:
To do so, please reply to the following questions:
What political party do you belong to? (if any)
Do you regularly engage members of other parties in civil, fact-based political dialog?
If you do, what topics do you agree on?
If you don’t, what’s stopping you?
Tonight, on Press  for Democracy, we’ll analyze our results and see what conclusions can be drawn. We’ll also look for ways to improve such exchanges where needed. Listen live on line or call in and be heard at (646) 929-2495. 9 PM EST/7 PM CST/6 PM PST
Is the transpartisan strategy the way forward?
There was once a man who set off to change the world, then discovered he didn’t have enough power to change the world. So he decided to change the country...but again failed. So he decided to change his own community with no more luck. He returned home to change his family, who resisted all attempts. He decided to change himself...and succeeded!
As a result, his family was transformed, and that spilled out into his community. His community became a role model for other communities in the country, which was positively changed. And as his country shifted priorities and policies, the world was changed.
We started this conversation three weeks ago in Transpartisan Nation Part 1. Questions we asked on that show included, “Can we let go of the point-scoring, win/lose paradigm? Can we trust each other, provide compassion instead of competition and control our fear long enough to be the change we seek?”
In our blog and today's show, we explore how does one become “transpartisan” and what does this really mean?
I have recently found myself in the inquiry - do we have what it takes to be a transpartisan nation?
Assuming that We The People have the same goal of an efficient and accountable government, what will it take for us to move beyond the blame game of “how we got here” and focus on making our shared goal a reality? Can we let go of the point-scoring, win/lose paradigm? Can we trust each other, provide compassion instead of competition and control our fear long enough to be the change we seek?
Today’s LUNCH w LOUDEN invites you to join in this important conversation. If we are to make sytemic and sustainable change in our political structure, it will take a strong majority of citizens with skills that promote respect, dignity and collaborative action. We’d like to hear your stories from the field. Are you the change? Or are you locked in identifying the problem?
Like most in America, my neighborhood back in Marietta, GA is a political hot-box, with folks whose beliefs range from staunch conservative to ultra-progressive, and everywhere in between. But on most summer days, they can be found down at the neighborhood swim and tennis center, where parents converse about local issues such as schools, the proposed new mall, or the fact that police patrols had stepped up nicely after a string of vandalisms were reported. Still others abandon politics for a while in favor of a doubles match against their longtime rival subdivision’s team. And for those hours, these political opposites are caught up in solving common problems; whether how to fund the school's ailing arts program or how to break the guy with the one hundred mile per hour serve. In short, the swim and tennis center provides fertile ground in which transpartisan* values are born and advanced. The questions are, can we apply those same principles to issues with larger geographic reach? And can we make those in Washington understand and promote our goals and our objectives? Tonight, we want to hear your transpartisan success stories and ways to apply those same process to the bigger issues that are facing the vast majority of Americans today. Please join host Dan Aronson as we seek transpartisan solutions to our common problems. Listen in live here here starting at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, or call in to voice your opinion at (646) 929-2495. And when you do, remember to Press  for Democracy.
Press  for Democracy (P1FD) is a Coffee Party Radio show that discusses the political issues of the day in a civil, fact-based, and transpartisan manner. Transpartisan is quite different from bi- or non-partisan in the we encourage callers to be passionate about their positions, but also that they listen and respond to those with differing points of view repsectfully and with a true desire to find common ground on which solutions can be built.
Tonight on P1FD . . .
... we will be playing an encore of "Gettin America Back to Work". Enjoy!
From the original show:
With the exception of a nine month lull, corporate profits have continued to skyrocket since the Crash of ‘08. Yet for the middle class, not only has “the recovery” been a huge failure, but current trends suggest that things are going to get worse before they get better. We're drowingn in debt, unemployment is creeping back up towards 8%, and student loans have created a new credit bubble.
But wait! If the “job creators” are getting richer by the minute, where are the good new jobs? The question is, are we just going to take this lying down, or is there something we can do about it? Tonight, bring your ideas on how to create jobs to the Coffee Party's newest Blogtalk Radio show, hosted by political activist Dan Aronson.
The Coffee Party Bylaws require its Directors to meet in person once a year. This annual retreat is a chance for folks who meet almost weekly on conference calls and video conferences to build relationships while they plan the coming year.
On this edition of Lunch with Louden, host Jeanene Louden (Treasurer) and cohost Debilyn Molineaux (President) will be reporting on the retreat that was held in Boulder Colorado last weekend (September 19-21). We will be sharing upcoming projects and hope you will call in with your thoughts, reactions, and ideas.
LUNCH with LOUDEN
Jeanene Louden and co-host Debilyn Molineaux talk about current events and look for opportunities to bridge political divides, expose corruption and share information not covered in mainstream media. They also cover the happenings within Coffee Party USA.
Tonight on P1FD, Jeanene Louden and co-host Debilyn Molineaux are invading! Dan will be on sabbatical for a month or so and we are filling in. We would like to hear from you about your thoughts about Coffee Party, what is possible, and how we move forward together.
What are your hopes and concerns for the future? How does Coffee Party fit into those hopes and concerns? Can Coffee Party successfully balance the tension between dialogue and activism to create systemic change along with other organizations and people?
The third Coffee Party Board of Directors retreat is happening this coming weekend in Colorado. Board members will be coming from Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado and Virginia. The Bylaws mandate this face to face meeting as a way to improve and enhance relationships with each other as we continue to work virtually to improve our political process.
An extensive questionnaire will go out to members Tuesday. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to have input into that questionnaire.
If you would like to give input as a member, it is not too late to join: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/members
If you would like to support the retreat directly, see our Indiegogo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-coffee-party-community-meet-in-denver
What kind of opportunity is today's anticipated Senate vote on a constitutional amendment to regain the right to legislate money in politics?
It feels like some bit of irony that on this anniversary of tragedy this concept will be publicly judged. Some say it is just another photo op, sound bite fest, waste of time (Congress as usual these days). Some, like me, consider it a chance for the will of The People to show its face in the halls of Congress.
What do you say?
LUNCH with LOUDEN
Jeanene Louden and co-host Debilyn Molineaux talk about current events and look for opportunities to bridge political divides, expose corruption and share information not covered in mainstream media.
Be a Citizen Journalist - Encore Broadcast
How many times have you heard soundbites on the evening news and recognized that this is only the tip of the iceberg of a story? Have you wanted to dig deeper?
Or conversely, have you watched a news channel that challenged what you thought was true about a story? And immediately dismissed it as spin?
The Coffee Party Newsroom Team has embarked on an exciting experiment. How can we, as citizen journalists, report a 360 degree spectrum of stakeholder perspective on topics of interest to us? And challenge our own thinking about what is “true” and “fact.”
Today, we interview Newsroom Volunteer, Marianne Castiglia about this exciting new experiment and how other people can participate.
Want to join the fun? Volunteer here.
Press  for Democracy (P1FD) is a Coffee Party Radio show that discusses the political issues of the day in a civil, fact-based, and transpartisan manner. Transpartisan is quite different from bi- or non-partisan in the we encourage callers to be passionate about their positions, but also that they listen and respond to those with differing points of view respectfully and with a true desire to find common ground on which solutions can be built.
Tonight on P1FD . . .
Who is going to bail out Main Street – and when?
As we approach the midterm elections and look forward to 2016, my only question is this: “Who is going to bail out Main Street, and when?” The crash of 2008 sent the vast majority of Americans into a financial tailspin. As reported in the NY Times in March of 2009, “For the full year, household wealth dropped $11.1 trillion, or about 18 percent.” The next biggest annual decline in wealth came in 2002, when household net worth fell a measly 3%!
Of course, those too-big-to-fail Wall Street institutions got their bailout courtesy of their “bought-and-paid-for” DC minions. And thanks to substantial subsidies and low interest rate loans, within three quarters, corporate profits were already above pre-crash levels. Meanwhile, there was, and still is no help in sight for the victims of the Wall Street Schemers and the Off-shoring Mega-corps. Or is there?
Tonight on Press  for Democracy, we want to hear who you think, if anyone cares enough not just to campaign on (a.k.a. lie like every elected politician in the past decade), but actually pursue policies to help get Middle-Class Americans back on their feet. And as always, if you can’t make the show, please leave your feedback here and we’ll read you into the record.
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