Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have changed. We think you'll like them better this way.

  • 01:18

    Lunch with Louden 10/1/15: We're Back and Ready to Go!

    in Politics

    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.


    You can keep up with us by liking the LUNCH WITH LOUDEN Facebook page. 


    Learn more about the Coffee Party USA on our website, on the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @coffeepartyusa.

  • 01:05

    The Legalization of Marijuana: Lunch with Louden 6/11/15

    in Politics

    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.


    Follow Lunch with Louden and Join the Coffee Party Movement on Facebook.


     

  • 00:42

    Civility AND Reason: Lunch with Louden 6/4/15

    in Politics

    “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!


    Background:


    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.


     


    Follow Lunch with Louden and Coffee Party USA on Facebook.


     


     


     

  • 00:23

    Democracy for All Video Contest: Lunch with Louden, 8/27/15

    in Politics

    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.

  • 00:55

    War on the Poor and the TPP. Open Conversation on "Lunch with Louden"

    in Politics

    Lunch with Louden offers important live discussion covering a broad range of subject. Today join guest host John Henry on Coffee Party Radio's Lunch with Louden as we take your calls and discuss issues including how the cycle of fines and imprisonment has created a 'war on the poor' in America, and the sharp divide over the Trans-Pacific Partnership - who's right, who's wrong, and why? Plus we'll be looking forward to hearing from YOU live tomorrow at 3pmEST/Noon Pacific on 'Lunch with Louden!'

  • 00:23

    "Democracy for All Video Contest" on "Lunch with Louden" 9/3/2015

    in Politics

    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.

  • 01:10

    We Need to Talk About Why We Can't Talk About Guns: Lunch with Louden 12/10/2015

    in Politics

    Over the years I have developed an appreciation for the idea of "liberty and justice for all" - liberty being the rights of the individual and justice being the rights of the members of our society.


    These two opposing concepts occur for me as a dance in a ballroom called the Constitution. So when  it feels like something has gone sideways within this republic's democracy, I look to THAT dance in THAT ballroom for answers and solutions.


    But when the topic has anything to do with guns.... American Ingenuity, that magical thing that happens when everyone brings their unique perspective to the table and uses the creative tension of their differences to make something better than what anyone imagined - doesn't have a chance if the conversation is blocked by polarizing rhetoric.


    What I hear and see is more shaming than discussing; more yelling than listening; and, more righteousness than problem solving. This is not a conservative problem or a liberal problem. It is our problem.


    If you want to be a part of the solution, if you believe in the magic of American Ingenuity, you can start by participating in critical listening and civil speaking on LUNCH WITH LOUDEN.

  • 00:33

    WHY A MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO: LUNCH WITH LOUDEN 5/14/15

    in Politics

    Why a March Against Monsanto: Lunch with Louden 5/14/15


    Monsanto is the poster child for INDUSTRIAL agriculture. Not alone in this mind set, Monsanto has shown us a corporate will to pursue profits on the world stage. Some say this is the future of food production, necessary to feed a hungry planet. Others say this is the end of our ability to produce our own food at home and around the world, the more sustainable of the two options. 


    I don’t have to go far to witness the controversy over Factory Farms and Industrial Ranchers. I have a ballot on my desk today that asks the question, “Should voters enact an ordinance prohibiting cultivation of genetically engineered organisms and creating rights relating to local food production?”


    This is a big enough issue to merit the national call for the March Against Monsanto on May 23rd. Will you participate? 


    Weigh in. This is America's conversation.


    Follow us on Facebook at Lunch with Louden and Join the Coffee Party Movement, on the web at CoffeePartyUSA.com


    Also


    Tim Danahey Show: Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America


    https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/millions-against-monsanto


    http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/


     


     


     

  • 00:23

    Democracy for All Video Contest: Lunch with Louden, 8/13/15

    in Politics

    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.

  • 00:59

    "Open Discussion: Riots, Race, and Reality" on "Lunch with Louden"

    in Politics

    "Open Discussion: Riots, Race, and Reality". Recent events in Baltimore and elsewhere have brought racism to the front of our dialogue again...but what are we failing to address when we frame the issue as one of race? How do we talk about those other issues without appearing to ignore racism? How does focusing on racism allow many people to ignore the other issues by treating the whole thing as "someone else's problem?" What's your perspective on all this? Guest Host John Henry will be taking YOUR calls TODAY at (646) 929-2495, 3pm Eastern, 12 Pacific, on Lunch with Louden on Coffee Party Radio!"

  • 00:23

    Democracy for All Video Contest: Lunch with Louden, 8/6/15

    in Politics

    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.