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Today’s show marks the Lunch with Louden return to Coffee Party Internet Radio - and we are ready to go.
I know some of you are recent additions to our audience, and this may be your first time for LWL, so I will take a few minutes to reintroduce myself (Jeanene Louden), let you know what changes have occurred in the last few months, and introduce you to our newest addition to the LWL team.
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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
Coffee Party USA is proud to be a partner organization on the $64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge – a contest seeking to tap into the creative potential of Americans of all political stripes with short, powerful videos in support of the Democracy For All Amendment to get big money out of politics.
The goal is two-fold: to encourage activists and filmmakers, both brand-new and experienced, to create videos highlighting the need for money in politics reform and to use those videos to inspire action in support of the Democracy For All Amendment.
The Democracy for All amendment restores the ability of Congress and state legislatures to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections. It overturns misguided Supreme Court decisions that threaten the integrity of our democracy. This has allowed wealthy and powerful corporations and individuals to purchase outsized influence in our political process.
LWL guest Rio Tazewell will tell us about the Democracy for All Amendment and $65K Democracy for All Video Contest. You may have seen Rio in his video promotion for the contest!
You will find even more information on this subject on the Lunch with Louden Facebook page.
Greenpeace activists are hanging from a bridge in Portland Oregon, blocking a Shell ice breaker from sailing from the repair dock to the Arctic Sea.They intend to stay until President Obama hears their concern about arctic drilling. If you agree with the protesters, you can sign their message to the president. Tell Obama to stop Arctic oil exploration! - Save the Arctic
Greenpeace is not alone. Kayaktivists are on the scene, and have been protesting Shell on several occasions in several locations in the PNW. Here are more opportunities to be heard.
Tell President Obama: Don't drill the Arctic | CREDO Action
Stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic Ocean - Sierra Club
Tell the President: "Shell No" to Arctic Drilling | Alaska
Tell President Obama: Stop Arctic oil exploration - TckTckTck
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.
The public fate of a confederate battle flag has conventional and social media on fire. In what appears to be a “tipping point” moment after the racially motivated mass murder in South Carolina, public sentiment has found widespread expression in #TakeItDown.
Citizens of the United States have rights, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, to engage in freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
The icon some consider a symbol of heritage is seen by others to be a symbol of a less than flattering moment in American history. In the aftermath of the massacre, Legislators elected to represent the citizens of States across America are discussing the public (not private) fate of that flag. Is that a violation of constitutional rights?
Some very big business are getting in on the act, having decided to alter their product line to exclude that flag. Is this attention to the profit margin a violation of American constitutional rights?
Many people say it is. Some of my best friends are outraged to the point of resigning themselves to a modern day civil war. They believe the constitution is dead. How is the constitution wounded when our elected do their jobs and profit makers do their jobs?
IMHO there is a suspicious amount of drama in this conversation. It takes a lot of emotional capital (or baggage) to inspire war talk. But if this moment is what it takes for us to openly discuss and heal the wounds from the civil war, let's get started.
What do you say?
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Special guest Steve Sarich, Executive Director, Cannabis Action Coalition will join us today.
July 1, 2015 first day to legally use marijuana legally without a prescription in my home state of Oregon. The people used the ballot box to change the law. In a 69% voter turnout, legalization won 56.11% to 43.89%. In votes, that is 847,865 to 663,346.
On the other hand, national figures like Chris Christie are all but declaring war on citizen sourced law that allows the use of marijuana. Governor Christie is not alone.
Those with national and international concerns are quietly trying to deal with international treaty violations that would be easily solved if marijuana was no longer a Schedule I prohibited substance under federal law (although US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will allow Washington and Colorado to proceed unhindered).
But the public rehtoric is about crime waves and declining moral values, claims that appear steadfast even in the face of the positive outcomes for legalization leaders Colorado and Washington (you on the east coast call it Washington State - we in the northwest call the nation’s capitol DC): tax income, reduced crime, even homicides and sexual assaults.
So while we in Oregon see the clock is ticking down to THE BIG DAY, it appears that members of the anti legalization team are plotting to make this as difficult a transition of law as possible.
We will ask Steve Sarich to give us the 411 on 420 on today's Lunch with Louden.
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Our current political system dominated by two parties is broken, according to the nearly 130 million eligible American voters who are either registered independent or not registered to vote at all. In this podcast, Michael Ostrolenk speaks with Jim Turner about a new transpartisan approach to solving today’s challenges. People who are told they are on opposite sides of the political spectrum may, in reality, agree on many similar goals and outcomes, says Mr. Turner, one of the original “Nader’s Raiders.” Solutions will be found in focusing on these areas of agreement, rather than continuing unnecessarily bitter and divisive debate stuck in the flawed left/right paradigm. Learn more about transpartisan ideas: read, Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life co-authored by Mr. Turner.
“Civility without reason, or reason without civility, are disingenuous attempts to understand one another.” Call 301-259-1869 and share your thoughts on this statement. We might play your comment on Lunch with Louden!
Poll after poll tells us that Americans agree with one another more than they disagree. This appears to be true whether the topic is the toxic effects of money in politics, the over-reach of corporate persons, inequality within justice and law enforcement, or who should be allowed to vote. So why does the country feel so polarized?
We have talked before about how word tricks are used to make us appear unlike one another: that polarization is the antidote to unity.
Coffee Party USA has taken the position that civility and reason are the the keys to unlocking the linguistic doors between the many houses of American thought. But civility is often discounted as manners over substance, and reason is often discounted as “your” facts.
IMHO civility and reason only become powerful when exercised together. Civility without reason and reason without civility are just more of “the same”: noise that passes for conversation and the verbal jousting that passes for attempts to understand one another.
If the goal is to see where we do agree, where we can join to make change, then certainly the concept of civility AND reason are worth a try.
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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?
Coffee Party USA is a grassroots, non-partisan movement that aims to restore the principles and spirit of democracy in America. It started on Facebook as a popular fan page in January 2010 and has since blossomed into a national non-profit organization with a network of over half a million people and dozens of local chapters.
Its path to restoring democracy in America includes:
Identifying and advocating for legislative fixes to reform campaign finance laws, Wall Street regulations, and the tax code;
Promoting cultural changes to address political disengagement, polarization and widespread misinformation.
Coffee Party USA is a transpartisan organization that does not endorse political candidates.
Debilyn Molineaux, president of Coffee Party USA is our guest. Linda Lombardo hosts.
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