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  • 01:04

    Coffee Party Book Club - Ralph Nader's "Unstoppable"

    in Politics

    Join Coffee Party USA President Debilyn Molineaux and her guest, Joan Blades, as we celebrate 5 years of inciting civility and reason into our political arena. As a part of our honoring our successes, we will also be looking forward to our next steps in making a difference by discussing Ralph Nader’s recent book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.  We will be listening to Eleanor LeCain interview of Ralph Nader from September 2014 about his book and discussing ideas for how Coffee Party USA and its members can bring greater cooperation to our political forum.  Calls from listeners will be taken and we will be reviewing comments left on our website at http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/unstoppable_comments  Please join us!


     

  • 01:00

    Coffee Party Book Club - The Stronghold: by Professor Thomas Schaller

    in Politics

    How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House.  Once the party of presidents, the GOP in recent elections has failed to pull together convincing national majorities. Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential races and lost the popular vote in five of the last six. In their lone victory, the party incumbent won—during wartime—by the slimmest of margins. In this fascinating and important book, Thomas Schaller examines national Republican politics since President Ronald Reagan left office in 1989. From Newt Gingrich’s ascent to Speaker of the House through the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012, Schaller traces the Republican Party’s institutional transformation and its broad consequences, not only for Republicans but also for America. Here is Schaller’s message: as the GOP became more conservative, it became more Congress-centered, and as its congressional wing grew more powerful, the party grew more conservative. His belief is that this “dangerous loop”, unless broken, may signal a future of increasing radicalization, dependency on a shrinking pool of voters, and less viability as a true national party.  It’s a thought-provoking idea that we invite our Coffee Party USA members to consider by reading the book and joining us for a discussion with the author.  A link for purchasing the book can be found on our Coffee Party USA website.


    On Monday, March 30 at 8:30pm EST, you will have your chance to ask Professor Schaller about his take on the direction of the Republican Party and what it means for all of us as we host him on our special monthly BlogTalk Radio program event.  Mark you calendar now!

  • 00:33

    Coffee Party Elections: Interview of Jeanene Louden for Treasurer

    in Politics

    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, Coffee Party Secretary, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members. The scheduled interviewee for today is Jeanene Louden, who is running for Coffee Party Treasurer.

  • 00:36

    Coffee Party Movie Night w Paul Blackthorne and Mister Basquali

    in Politics

    It's Coffee Party Movie Night!  Watch the film, then join us for a conversation with the filmmakers Paul Blackthorne and Mister Basquali.


    Their movie, "This American Journey" goes from New York City to Los Angeles.  Paul and Basquali talk with people all along the way and offer their perspectives on the state of their adopted country.  


    7 p.m. ET we'll take 30 minutes to ask questions, share stories and have a generally good time!

  • 01:01

    Coffee Party Book Club "Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square"

    in Politics

    "Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square – 10 Rules That Work" is a user-friendly guide to how civility in the governing process is possible.  Each rule is illustrated with a true life story.  These stories not only demonstrate how the rule works, but also give evidence that while “civility in government” may sound like an oxymoron to some, there are examples to be found showing civility to be alive and well in the political sphere.


    Cassandra and Tomas are co-founders of the Institute for Civility in Government, a grassroots non-profit organization that works to bring more civility to the governing process in our communities and our nation.  With more than 15 years of experience in leading legislative conferences, Cassandra and Tomas know first-hand what it takes for citizens to be effectively engaged in the political process on Capitol Hill and beyond. They have addressed community groups, schools, churches and members of Congress, and have been interviewed on radio and television, including PBS, C-SPAN, NPR and CBC.  Both are ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and are actively serving a congregation. Both Cassandra and Tomas have mediation training


     


     

  • 00:11

    Coffee Party Elections: Lunch with Louden 5/15/14

    in Politics

    Since this broadcast, our elections work group discovered an error in what is reported here. There are currently eight (not four) positions up for election. All the rest of the information in the broadcast is accurate. 


    There are eight director positions up for election: President, Treasurer, Development Director, At Large Director (Channels), At Large Director (Strategy and Organizational Design), and three new positions: Membership, Local Outreach, and Newsroom.The duties and qualifications for each position are listed here. 


    The Coffee Party seeks a board that represents the broad spectrum of America’s  diversity; geographically, politically, economically, and in terms of age, gender and sexual orientation.  All members of the Coffee Party are encouraged to apply to assist our Board of Directors in representing the diversity that we are.


    COFFEE PARTY ELECTIONS


    Today's show is a special edition announcement about Coffee Party USA elections. Host Jeanene Louden will interview Acting President Debilyn Molineaux about the election schedule, how application is made, and how candidates are vetted. Debilyn is filling in for Board Secretary Vince Lamb, out of commission due to a root canal! Best to you, Vince!


    Everything we will be discussing today can also be found HERE.

  • 00:32

    Coffee Party Elections: Interview of Debilyn Molineaux for Board President

    in Politics

    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, Coffee Party Secretary, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members. The scheduled interviewee for today is Debilyn Molineaux, who is running for President of the Board of Directors.

  • 02:03

    Press 1 for Democracy on Coffee Party Radio

    in Politics

    Eric Byler guest hosts for Dan Aronson.  This will be a call-in show, but Eric will also report on his experiences filming with Annabel Park for Story of America.


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    Press [1] 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 . . .


    English Poet Charles Lamb said, “No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference“.  2013 saw Washington quagmired in dysfunction.  If it was your call, what would your 2014 legislative and executive agenda look like?  To be more specific, please state your top three objectives, in order of importance and tell us why they are as such. 


    Tonight on Press [1] for Democracy, we’ll take a deep dive into your priority lists and see if we can gain some consensus on what we, The People, want to see accomplished in Washington this year.  

  • 01:59

    "Education Destruction, A Continuing Saga" on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee"

    in Politics

    Our Public Education is under relentless attack.  In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker slashed the education budget in favor of privatization, standardized testing, and a basketball stadium. In New York, the Board of Regents appointed MaryEllen Elia as its Education Commissioner.  Elia, who was ran out of Florida, has long ties to Common Core and Standardized Testing.  The recent Opt-Out movement that was so large in New York essentially had its face slapped. Georgia and Wisconsin both are advocating for a workforce instead of education and a growing movement to certify teachers without requiring the formal education.  The two major political parties are behaving essentially the same. We are joined again by Marla Kilfoyle of Badass Teachers, http://www.badassteacher.org/ to discuss the many issues destroying our education system. Marla offers the educator and activist perspective. BAT's mission "to give voice to every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality through education and refuse to accept assessments, tests and evaluations created and imposed by corporate driven entities that have contempt for authentic teaching and learning." So grab a cup of coffee and join us.  Longtime Activist, Journalist, Coffee Party USA Board of Director & Radio Host, Bobby Rodrigo's show "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee" on Coffee Party USA Radio airs Sunday Morning at 8:30AM. Advocating engagement Bobby points out the Constitution is the Rule of Law and why it should remain so. Money in Politics, the Political Party Machine, and partisan blind allegiance is on full display as he advocates against the erosion of Constitutional Protections in the name of corruption & tyranny. "If we focused on following the Constitution we would solve many of the ills of our society.”  

  • 01:35

    P1FD: Coffee Party -- The Next Generation | 9 PM EST

    in Politics

    Press [1] 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 . . .


    After spending the past two weeks delving into the Coffee Party's past in search of valuable lessons to learn, we now look forward to its next evolution.  And while the mission remains the same, we now seek to turn our principles and beliefs into concrete actions.  This show will be the first of many "ideation sessions".  We want to hear your ideas for real actions that we can take as an organization that will help return control of our countries helm and the rule of its government to The People. 


    Plus, we'll be announcing the results of the 2014 Board of Directors Elections!  


    Please share your ideas by calling in at 646 929-2495 beginning at 9 PM EST.  Or listen live on-line and and participate through the chat room.  Whatever the case, its time to engage the warp drive and boldly go where we want the Party to go.  


     

  • 01:50

    "Medical Marijuana! We Take Your Children" on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee"

    in Politics

    Recent headlines about state children services' departments and police agencies removing children from homes where medical marijuana is being used has created a serious concern. Authorities have ignored the recent change in laws about marijuana and continued to separate families when they find out marijuana is being used in homes where children live. The Shona Banda case in Kansas is an example.  The laws governing how states behave in this matter and, how a person who has had their children taken away can fight to get their children back, is a huge legal gray area with lots of discretion by judges, the police, and the child services' workers.  Domestic Custody Attorney Alfred Chang joins us this morning and offers expert insight in to this very important issue in our community. What to do if your children are removed from your home due to the use of marijuana both medically and recreational? What are your rights? What is the standard of evidence? How does this problem tie to any criminal process? Grab a cup of coffee and join us for an update on important current events and our education update. Long time Activist, Radio Host, Journalist and Coffee Party Director Bobby Rodrigo's show "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee" on Coffee Party USA Radio every Sunday Morning at 8:30AM EDT. Advocating engagement, pointing out the Constitution is the Rule of Law and why it should remain so. Bobby attacks Money in Politics & political party blind allegiance hoping to stop corruption & tyranny. Please join us Sunday Morning 8:30 AM EDT