Coffee Party Founder and President Annabel Park was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor staff writer Mark Trumbull. Annabel explained the synergies between the Occupy Wall Street movement and Coffee Party USA.
Coffee Party USA itself is having a large rally at the Capitol in Washington DC on October 29th, 2011 titled Enough Is Enough Citizens Intervention. Everyday American will be able to pick up the microphone and speak their concerns to the rally and to Congress.
Annabel gave her interview from Brussels. She was invited to speak in Brussels based on the Coffee Party's efforts on two avenues: fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics, and the burgeoning global democracy movement made possible by the advent of social media technology (such as the 405, 000 member Facebook community that formed as the result of her single status update). She is giving a presentation similar to the one on the Coffee Party mission statement page, with enhancements based on today’s realities.
Annabel has been a student of the global democracy movement since its outset in Iran in 2009. Early this year she collaborated with Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler on the Tipping Point essay which predicted that this sweeping demand for self-governance would soon return to America, in many ways the place of its birth.
Coffee Party USA’s Enough Is Enough Citizens Intervention rally is likely to be a component of the glue that will bring Middle Class Americans together whether they are activists, timid citizens, less politically active citizens, moms, pops, grannies, grandpas, and everything in between together to speak their minds to power and demand solutions.
Can 'Occupy Wall Street' really get money out of politics?
CSMonitor.com By Mark Trumbull, Staff writer / October 14, 2011
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement has been catching flak for its perceived lack of clear goals, but the protests have already put new energy behind one big idea: reforming the role of money in politics.
Advocates of campaign finance reform say the protesters in New York and elsewhere have, in recent weeks, brought the question of corporate influence closer to the front burner of national discourse, adding fresh momentum to their own efforts.
"I can't tell you how thrilled I am," says Annabel Park, founder and president of Coffee Party USA, a group that promotes campaign finance reform with grass-roots support. "It's like a miracle," she says. Even though many Americans worry about the money in politics, "it's hard to get people's attention on this."
Ms. Park says she's seen synergy between her group and Occupy Wall Street, which has spawned a range of nationwide demonstrations since protesters set up camp in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17. Some Coffee Party followers have joined in Occupy rallies. And Park says she's seen a rise in public support for her own group over the past month.