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Coffee Party USA 2014 Board Meeting Snippets
Coffee Party USA 2014 Board Meeting Snippets

Coffee Party USA 2014 Board Meeting Snippets

Coffee Party 2014 Board of Directors Retreat in Boulder, Colorado
Coffee Party 2014 Board of Directors Retreat in Boulder, Colorado

Coffee Party 2014 Board of Directors Retreat in Boulder, Colorado

Col. Larry Wilkerson on Lies, The Iraq War & Vietnam — Coffee Party Radio
Col. Larry Wilkerson on Lies, The Iraq War & Vietnam — Coffee Party Radio

From "The Middle Ground" on Coffee Party Radio, Oct. 30, 2012.

On the 10 year anniversary of the war, we are gathering on #CoffeePartyRadio. Call in with your recollections. How did it change you? (646) 929-2495 http://ow.ly/jdX4u

Hal Ziegler 1932-2012 —Former Michigan State Senator Dies at 80
Hal Ziegler 1932-2012 —Former Michigan State Senator Dies at 80

Last night, the Coffee Party community lost Hal Ziegler shortly after he completed an masterful appearance on our Sunday radio show. We made this video to go with his voice to help us honor and remember a man who served in the Michigan Legislature from 1967 to 1978, and never stopped performing his civic duty to add his voice to our nation's political discourse, right down to his last hours on earth. In this video you'll hear his advice for We the People, on how we can make our voices heard, and stand up to the negative forces of extremism and money in politics to protect our right to self-governance.

Ryan Clayton: Amending the Consitution to Fight Money in Politics
Ryan Clayton: Amending the Consitution to Fight Money in Politics

http://coffeepartyusa.com
A time of big challenges calls for people with big ideas. Ryan Clayton makes sense!

Coffee Party Radio: Politics Done Right 6/10/12 — Eric Byler hosts for Egberto Willies
Coffee Party Radio: Politics Done Right 6/10/12 — Eric Byler hosts for Egberto Willies

From: http://blogtalkradio.com/coffeepartyusa

This episode of Politics Done Right is not properly archived on Blog Talk Radio, so we are archiving it here.

The Coffee Party community, and most Americans who care about protecting our Republic from going to the highest bidder, are deeply concerned about the results of the Wisconsin's auction for the governor's mansion. We're also worried about a lack of accountability in Congress, that allows representatives of Big Money to willfully hurt the American economy in a cynical attempt to regain the White House, knowing that whatever damage they do can be papered over by political advertising, whether it be a hundreds of millions of dollars worth of campaign ads, or hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign ads disguised as "news."

What are we gonna do about it America?

Politics Done Right With Egberto Willies
Saturdays from 12:00 Noon CST to 2:00 PM CST.

American Transplant Foundation (temporary rough edit)
American Transplant Foundation (temporary rough edit)

http://americantransplantfoundation.org/

This is a rough cut, to be taken down and replaced with final cut soon. But you're welcome to watch!

"Be the Media" for the 99 Percent - join a Coffee Party Social Media Team
"Be the Media" for the 99 Percent - join a Coffee Party Social Media Team

http://coffeepartyusa.com/social-media
http://coffeepartyusa.com/7-steps

Step 1: Go to http://news.coffeepartyusa.com/ (and hit "follow").

Step 2: Create a profile. Go http://scoop.it/ and click on the blue button that says "Sign up for free." It allows you to use the information you've already entered into your Facebook or Twitter account, or, you can start anew.

[NOTE: If you are at http://news.coffeepartyusa.com/ the "join scoop.it" button at the top doesn't always work. We've let Scoop.it know they need to fix that.]

After you've add a photo, and described yourself on your profile page, create a topic page where all of your content will go (without having to have it approved by one of our curators). This way, even if not every post you suggest is chosen for one of our pages, those that ARE chosen will allow readers to click on to your own topic page where all your content is displayed.

Step 3: Suggest Content. Go back to News.CoffeePartyUSA.com or one of our other news pages and suggest content by hitting the "Suggest" button at the top. If you are interested in multiple topics, you can suggest an item to more than one page. For instance, an article for Coffee Party Immigration might have broad economic implications, and be appropriate also for Coffee Party News.
Step 4: Connect Your Networks to your Scoop.it profile. While in the process of suggesting or adding content, Scoop.it will prompt you to connect your to other social networks that you are logged in to at the time (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Start by clicking on the "More" button at the bottom of the "suggest" box. Once your social networks are connected, a checkbox will allow you to decide on a case-by-case basis whether content goes on Scoop.it only, or on Scopp.it plus your other social networks.
Step 5: Add Your Own Touch. Whether its your own website or someone else's that you want to point to, Scoop.it allows you to choose from the photos that are on the web page you are sharing. Scoop.it also allows you to upload your own photo from your computer.

Coffee Party pages have a style guide that includes things like (1) always including a by-line listing the author and publication and (2) always include at least the first two paragraphs of an article so that readers are not forced to click a second time to learn what the article is about. If you sign-up to become an official part of our team, we'll send you a more detailed style guide that will make it more likely that your content suggestions are "scooped" and share in our network.
Step 6: Choose Scoop.it pages that share your focus. Familiarize yourself with the topics that are being curated by Coffee Party members. Figure out what kind of stuff normally goes up there, and ask yourself what you can add.
Step 7: Keep Track of Your Progress. Your profile will let you know how many people you have brought into the Coffee Party News network.

How do you get more more hits? Suggest content often and on multiple pages, and not just in the Coffee Party Network. Your content is more likely to be shared by others in the Coffee Party community if it is: fact-based, civil, relevant, informative, engaging, well-formatted, and with proper attribution (listing the author and the publication when you cite someone else's work). If you don't follow these steps, we'll may not be able to share your content, or, we'll not share it until we have time to conform it to our style guide.

Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education "I teach my neighbors' kids"
Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education "I teach my neighbors' kids"

MORE INFO: http://rosesinconcrete.org/

Students in urban and poor communities are exposed to persistent forms of trauma that result from violence, hunger, unstable housing, and the broader effects of poverty and racism. Most will not perform well in school unless these basic survival needs are met. When urban youth do manage to find academic success, despite these challenging circumstances, the unspoken societal message is that success means "getting out" of their neighborhood. If the most resilient and successful young people leave their communities, then the vicious cycles of poverty and despair are never broken. We are determined to tackle these problems with love, hope and teaching methods that inspire students to achieve academic success while instilling in them a sense of responsibility to return to their neighborhoods to build thriving sustainable communities in urban centers in the U.S. and around the world.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade has dedicated his adult life to supporting and developing urban youth to help create a sustainable urban community. He has been teaching and coaching in the Oakland public schools for 18 years and has found his success as a teacher and a coach to be closely related. Coaches work with athletes over a number of years. During that time, they have the opportunity to get more intensively involved with students' families and their general well-being than most other adults in their schooling lives. Having tapped this opportunity as a coach, Jeff began using a "looping" approach in his classroom where he worked with a cohort of high school students for four years until they graduated. He offered his full commitment to each of them: 360-degree support on a 24/7 schedule. He became teacher, life coach, big brother, and offered his home as a safe haven when trauma struck in a student's life. In return, he was able to demand a lot from them academically, as individuals and as a collective. The results were dramatic. In his most recent cohort, 24 of 26 students went onto four-year colleges or universities. Furthermore, over the years many of his students have returned to Oakland to serve the community, many of them as teachers. The approach is, at one level quite simple; he encourages students to take pride in their histories, cultures, and communities in order that they might share personal and collective commitments to grow...

The David Portfolio —Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education, RosesInConcrete.org
The David Portfolio —Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education, RosesInConcrete.org

http://rosesinconcrete.org/

video by Eric Byler and Amanda Werner

Students in urban and poor communities are exposed to persistent forms of trauma that result from violence, hunger, unstable housing, and the broader effects of poverty and racism. Most will not perform well in school unless these basic survival needs are met. When urban youth do manage to find academic success, despite these challenging circumstances, the unspoken societal message is that success means "getting out" of their neighborhood. If the most resilient and successful young people leave their communities, then the vicious cycles of poverty and despair are never broken. We are determined to tackle these problems with love, hope and teaching methods that inspire students to achieve academic success while instilling in them a sense of responsibility to return to their neighborhoods to build thriving sustainable communities in urban centers in the U.S. and around the world.

I teach my neighbors' kids —Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education for RosesInConcrete.org
I teach my neighbors' kids —Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education for RosesInConcrete.org

http://rosesinconcrete.org/

Video by Eric Byler & Amanda Werner

http://rosesinconcrete.org/

video by Eric Byler and Amanda Werner

Students in urban and poor communities are exposed to persistent forms of trauma that result from violence, hunger, unstable housing, and the broader effects of poverty and racism. Most will not perform well in school unless these basic survival needs are met. When urban youth do manage to find academic success, despite these challenging circumstances, the unspoken societal message is that success means "getting out" of their neighborhood. If the most resilient and successful young people leave their communities, then the vicious cycles of poverty and despair are never broken. We are determined to tackle these problems with love, hope and teaching methods that inspire students to achieve academic success while instilling in them a sense of responsibility to return to their neighborhoods to build thriving sustainable communities in urban centers in the U.S. and around the world.

Will Rice Flip Citizens United
Will Rice Flip Citizens United

Supreme Court Flash Rally: Bob Edgar of Common Cause #FlipCitizensUnited
Supreme Court Flash Rally: Bob Edgar of Common Cause #FlipCitizensUnited

by DAVE LEFCOURT, OpEdNews.com
Today, I attended a protest rally outside the Supreme Court. It wasn't a huge rally by any stretch of the imagination (less than 300 people), but there was considerable media taking video and recording the remarks of the organizers, Common Cause and the Coffee Party.
The protest was centered on the Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010 and the need for it to be overturned.

One of the protest signs was clearly aimed at Justice Anthony Kennedy which read," Yes Justice Kennedy, we the people see the corruption." That was in direct reference to Kennedy's assertion, as the writer who wrote the majority opinion in Citizens, "the Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption"and the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy."

The last speaker at the rally concluded (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Kennedy must now see the fallacy of what he wrote and must realize in light of the huge independent expenditures we have seen already in the Republican presidential primary campaign and later in the election campaign, does give rise to corruption or the appearance of it and does cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy."
Now this writer is quite aware that many people on the left consider this Court, particularly the five right wing ideologues, including Kennedy, are beyond redemption and their ruling in Citizens fits perfectly with their corporatist favoritism and will continue to support big money's access into the electoral process.
But this protest group appeared to have faith that Kennedy, at least, would reflect and reconsider the words he penned in the majority's opinion and conclude he was in error.

Admittedly, that's a whole lot of faith. But unless Kennedy has resided in a cave these past two years and had no access to newspapers or the media of any kind, HE would surely conclude these huge expenditures in the Congressional campaigns two years ago and this years Republican presidential primary campaigns DO give rise to corruption or the appearance of influence or access WILL cause people to lose faith in this democracy.

Justice's Ginsburg and Breyer have alluded as much (in light of the Montana Supreme Court's upholding a 1912 law banning corporate funds in State elections, which Justice Kennedy has stayed) and called for the full Court to reconsider their ruling on Citizens.

Reconsideration of Citizens seems clearly in Kennedy's "court" (excuse the pun). Now whether he has the moral fortitude to honestly reflect on the words he penned in Citizens, remains to be seen. We should know his answer to that very question in not too distant future.

#FlipCitizensUnited - Eric Byler Speaks at US Supreme Court 2/23/12
#FlipCitizensUnited - Eric Byler Speaks at US Supreme Court 2/23/12

http://coffeepartyusa.com/FlipCitizensUnited

by Eric Byler

On Feb. 22, I was on the The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann. I previously shared the notes I had written an hour before the show. While waiting in the green room, and, based on the incredible segment about Super-PACS that opened the show, I narrowed my focus down to the 5 points below. Video is now available, (see above). Watch and see how many of them I covered. (Hint: it's hard to make 5 points in 4 minutes...)

1. Tomorrow at 12 noon, we are trying an experiment -- a flash rally in front of the US Supreme Court to kick off a new coalition campaign raise public awareness to the fact that Citizens United is back in front of the Supreme Court for reconsideration, now that we have had the kind of experience with which you opened the show.

2. A tiny fraction of our society, a few hundred families, are in the process of purchasing our democracy, and they don't plan to give it up once they own it. We are in a power struggle right now. People or donors? Who controls political outcome and thus the policies that impact our lives?

3. Our disgust — the conversation we're already having about the deeply compromised GOP primary — is proof of the perception of corruption that Justice Kennedy implicitly said he feared in his majority opinion when "Citizens United" was decreed. Our job is to make the connection between this and "Citizens United."

4. We are currently at the crossroads between the 20th century, top-down information model, and the emerging 21st century social media model. We the People are at a disadvantage in the 20th century model, because when political discourse is defined by a relationship between big microphones and little consumers, the outcome is going to be warped and bent toward the interests of those who can afford to buy the big microphones — political advertisements, news channels, or political advertisements disguised as news channels. No matter how many truth-seekers there are like you, who manage to obtain a comparable microphone, the 1 percent can always buy more microphones.

5. The immediate task before us is use our hundred million microphones to shift the national conversation to focus on the root, not the symptoms, of the systemic corruption that produced the Great Recession, our unfair tax code, and this Super-PAC Republican primary.

#FlipCitizensUnited Annabel Park Speech at US Supreme Court 2/23/12
#FlipCitizensUnited Annabel Park Speech at US Supreme Court 2/23/12

http://coffeepartyusa.com/citizens-united-redo

by DAVE LEFCOURT, OpEdNews.com

Today, I attended a protest rally outside the Supreme Court. It wasn't a huge rally by any stretch of the imagination (less than 300 people), but there was considerable media taking video and recording the remarks of the organizers, Common Cause and the Coffee Party.
The protest was centered on the Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010 and the need for it to be overturned.

One of the protest signs was clearly aimed at Justice Anthony Kennedy which read," Yes Justice Kennedy, we the people see the corruption." That was in direct reference to Kennedy's assertion, as the writer who wrote the majority opinion in Citizens, "the Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption"and the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy."

The last speaker at the rally concluded (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Kennedy must now see the fallacy of what he wrote and must realize in light of the huge independent expenditures we have seen already in the Republican presidential primary campaign and later in the election campaign, does give rise to corruption or the appearance of it and does cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy."
Now this writer is quite aware that many people on the left consider this Court, particularly the five right wing ideologues, including Kennedy, are beyond redemption and their ruling in Citizens fits perfectly with their corporatist favoritism and will continue to support big money's access into the electoral process.
But this protest group appeared to have faith that Kennedy, at least, would reflect and reconsider the words he penned in the majority's opinion and conclude he was in error.

Admittedly, that's a whole lot of faith. But unless Kennedy has resided in a cave these past two years and had no access to newspapers or the media of any kind, HE would surely conclude these huge expenditures in the Congressional campaigns two years ago and this years Republican presidential primary campaigns DO give rise to corruption or the appearance of influence or access WILL cause people to lose faith in this democracy.

Justice's Ginsburg and Breyer have alluded as much (in light of the Montana Supreme Court's upholding a 1912 law banning corporate funds in State elections, which Justice Kennedy has stayed) and called for the full Court to reconsider their ruling on Citizens.

Reconsideration of Citizens seems clearly in Kennedy's "court" (excuse the pun). Now whether he has the moral fortitude to honestly reflect on the words he penned in Citizens, remains to be seen. We should know his answer to that very question in not too distant future.

Supreme Court FLASH RALLY Thurs. 12 pm
Supreme Court FLASH RALLY Thurs. 12 pm

http://coffeepartyusa.com/cu-redo

Add your voice to our demonstration of
THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION
on "Citizens United"
12 noon • Thurs. Feb. 23 • US Supreme Court building.

What's your opinion of the "Citizens United" decision and the impact of unlimited, undisclosed election spending on our Republic?

How do you feel about the Montana case before the Supreme Court that could cause them to reconsider the "Super-Pac Decree?"

Express yourself on Feb. 23 at 12 noon, and help us show that We the People have a powerful voice in the decisions that will shape our destiny.

Bring a sign, bring a friend, bring your voice and help us kick of a Court of Public Opinion Campaign and wake up the nation:

"America, your opinion matters! Weigh in on Citizens United!"

This video is a clip from a Coffee Party Radio show exploring the implications of a case before the US Supreme Court that could lead to a revisiting of the controversial "Citizens United" decree from Jan. 2010, which opened the floodgates for unlimited and undisclosed election spending by multinational corporations and other special interests.

In an unusual statement, US Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer have called for a reconsideration of the Court's January 2010 Citizens United ruling. The Supreme Court this evening issued a stay of the Montana Supreme Court's December 30, 2011 ruling which had upheld the state's century-old law banning corporate money in elections. The US Supreme Court's stay order means that, for the first time in 100 years, corporations may make unlimited expenditures in the state's elections. But, Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justice Breyer, issued a concurring statement making clear that this case is "an opportunity to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates' allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway."

The Court is likely to accept review of the Montana case. The main question now is whether it will issue a reversal of the state supreme court ruling without a full argument on the merits or whether it will allow that full argument. Either way, this will push even further to the forefront the impact of the Citizens United ruling on our democracy.

The host of the show, recorded on Feb. 19, 2012, was Jessica English. Her guests included Annabel Park, founder of Coffee Party USA, and Eric Byler its newly elected president.

More details here:
http://coffeepartyusa.com/cu-redo

Sign up to participate in the People's response:
http://ow.ly/9aGiH

The People Respond to "Citizens United" — Supreme Court Decree
The People Respond to "Citizens United" — Supreme Court Decree

http://coffeepartyusa.com/otc-amendment-28

Filmed Jan. 20, 2012 in direct response to the 2nd anniversary of the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision granting corporations and other special interest entities the "right" to spend unlimited and undisclosed money to influence the outcome of elections in the United States of America. Artwork and spectacle produced by The Backbone Campaign, as part of Occupy the Courts, organized by Move to Amend.

The demonstration included speeches by David Cobb, Thom Hartmann, Annabel Park, Shahid Buttar, Jill Stein, Will Rice and many others, as well as a performance by The Backbone Campaign.

After the Amendment artwork, created by Stephon Moody, was placed at the foot of the US Supreme Court steps, Cobb and Move to Amend hosted a strategy session in the Methodist Building next door. Meanwhile, protestors from #OccupyDC at McPherson Square and #OccupyWashingtonDC at Freedom Plaza removed a police barrier and were able to get as far as giant columns that hold up the words "EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" before US Supreme Court Police Officers pushed them back to the sidewalk. Nine arrests were made.

Thom Hartmann at #OccupyTheCourts 1-20-12
Thom Hartmann at #OccupyTheCourts 1-20-12

http://movetoamend.org/

Video by Coffee Party USA and Backbone Campaign shot Jan. 20, 2012 at the US Capitol Building.

Amendment
Move to Amend 28th Amendment

Section 1 [A corporation is not a person and can be regulated]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2 [Money is not speech and can be regulated]

Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

Section 3

Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.


Help Us Name The Amendment!

What do you think the amendment should be called? We want to hear from you!

Here are some ideas already proposed:

Amendment to End Corporate Rule
Government of the People Not Corporations Amendment
Clean Elections Amendment
Abolish Corporate Personhood Amendment
Sovereignty of the People Amendment
Amendment to Remove Corporations from the Constitution
End Corporate Personhood Amendment
Making Democracy Real Amendment
Power to the People Amendment
The Democracy Renewal Amendment
Government of the People Amendment
The 99% Amendment
Rule by the People Amendment
The Amendment to Liberate Democracy (or Our Republic)
We the People Amendment
The Amendment to Separate Corporation and State
The Peoples Personhood Amendment
Corporations are Not People, Money is Not Speech Amendment
The Common Sense Amendment

Citizens United The Musical
Citizens United The Musical

http://coffeepartyusa.com/
January 21 is the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, "Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission," and now there is a new organization fighting for the rights of The 1 Percent, and those who personally identify with them. They call themselves the Corporate-Person American Movement, and they are determined not to let the American people have the last word on whether money should equal speech, or whether corporate entities should have the power to purchase election results and lucrative legislation.

Corporate Person American Will Rice is gearing up for a big 4th Anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which established corporate personhood and gave him a new identity. He recorded a new, intimate song to properly serenade his most beloved Supreme Court precedent.

"I've always wanted to be an oppressed minority of some kind," Rice said. "Being a white male born into inherited wealth, this dream of mine kept evading me. But that was before the Supreme Court stepped in to protect the rights of corporate persons to spend money on our elections. I realized then that my life's work would be, not only declare myself a Corporate-Person American, but also to fight for full citizenship rights for corporations, including the right to marry and the right to vote."

The fledgling organization has grown rapidly in the past 4 years as populist movements that advocate for the interests of the super-wealthy came into fashion. Brian Wang, who became a Corporate-Person American a year ago, shared that he's been getting "second looks from the ladies" since making the switch.

Gavin Clarke, 12-year-old speaker at Citizens Intervention DC
Gavin Clarke, 12-year-old speaker at Citizens Intervention DC

The People vs. A.L.E.C. speech by Dillon Culbreth of Creston, NC
The People vs. A.L.E.C. speech by Dillon Culbreth of Creston, NC

http://coffeepartyusa.com

Patriotic Millionaire Charlie Fink speech at Citizens Intervention DC
Patriotic Millionaire Charlie Fink speech at Citizens Intervention DC

http://citizensintervention.com/


"Sometimes an institution becomes too sick to fix itself...Sometimes an institution, like an individual, needs an intervention, from people, from friends, from outside."
— Lawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost

America is at a crossroads. Our political system itself allows powerful special interests and party ideologues to have more influence with our elected Representatives than average people. Washington has ground to a halt amidst cynical electioneering while tens of millions continue to suffer in this struggling economy. It is clear that Congress has become "too sick to fix itself."

These are reasons to be discouraged. However, we love our country and we must summon our dignity, strength and the spirit of unity. We must resolve to restore a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Giving up is not an option.

#OccupyDC, Park Police, & 1% Media engaged in intriguing dance
#OccupyDC, Park Police, & 1% Media engaged in intriguing dance

Occupy DC, The Park Police, & 1% Media are engaged in an intriguing dance right now.

On Nov. 14th, less than 12 hours before the police raid on Occupy Wall Street, Occupy DC saw its most contentious dispute with National Park Police. I interviewed Kelly Mears, who is part of the communications team at Occupy DC. I first met him on Oct. 1st. Kelly did not witness the altercation. I did.


--Eric Byler

"Occupy the Voting Booth in 2012" —Mitchell Swann at Citizens Intervention DC
"Occupy the Voting Booth in 2012" —Mitchell Swann at Citizens Intervention DC

http://citizensintervention.com/

Washington, DC Oct. 31, 2011 -- Coffee Party USA launched the lobbying phase of its Citizens Intervention campaign today after battling the elements in a memorable open mic rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Coffee Party members from throughout the country met with their Representatives and Senators on Capital Hill to begin a partnership to advance campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, and tax code reform. In the months and years to come, a growing network called the Citizens Lobby will bring open mic rallies to Members' districts, visit district offices, and continue building relationships on Capitol Hill.

Citizen Lobbyists had 32 meetings today at U.S. Representative and Senate offices
Citizen Lobbyists delivered hand-written letters to on behalf of concerned citizens who had sent them from around the country
A team of volunteers who live in the DC Metro area will continue to make regular visits to Capitol Hill, building relationships, and connecting elected officials to a national network of increasingly empowered citizens.

Ice storm creates challenges, lasting bonds

Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds, hail, and snow flurries, the Citizens Intervention rally was an uplifting and empowering experience for more than 500 attendees including more than 150 speakers.

"We bonded through the adversity and learned that we can really count on each other even in the hardest circumstances. I would do it again with twice as much snow!" said Jose Gutierrez, a recent graduate from Purdue University Camulet in Indiana.

"Success is measured by how one adjusts to adversity and I could not be more proud of the Coffee Party members and visitors for what they endured in order to make their voices heard," said Egberto Willies of Houston, TX who served two shifts as emcee and is the host of the Coffee Party's Saturday radio show. "We identified the heroes and leaders who will help us reach our goal of achieving self-governance for the People."

Theresa Browngold of Doylestown, PA brought her family on stage with her to display nine of her paintings portraying people who have struggled with health care issues. During her remarks, she explained that the more haunting portraits used darker colors because they were of people who had died. "The paintings represent the uninsured, under-insured and dying. I wanted the country to see who cannot access healthcare," she said.



As the ice storm intensified and temperatures dropped, organizers decided to move the event inside before darkness fell. But soon after the event had moved indoors, some of the citizen speakers expressed a desire to return to the Capitol. Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler grabbed a video camera, and together with Patrick Robinson and other members who had driven with him from Occupy Chicago, led about a dozen people back out into the cold. Byler said, "I actually wanted to stay out there. The show must go on, and it did, beautifully in our makeshift in-door stage. But for those of us who returned to the Capitol as the sun was going down, those last 10 or 12 speeches were deeply meaningful. We weren't going to let the storm beat us. We ended with the Pledge of Allegiance, spoken in the tradition of 'the people's mic."

Bright Limm speech at Citizens Intervention DC
Bright Limm speech at Citizens Intervention DC

http://citizensintervention.com/

Washington, DC Oct. 31, 2011 -- Coffee Party USA launched the lobbying phase of its Citizens Intervention campaign today after battling the elements in a memorable open mic rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Coffee Party members from throughout the country met with their Representatives and Senators on Capital Hill to begin a partnership to advance campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, and tax code reform. In the months and years to come, a growing network called the Citizens Lobby will bring open mic rallies to Members' districts, visit district offices, and continue building relationships on Capitol Hill.

Citizen Lobbyists had 32 meetings today at U.S. Representative and Senate offices
Citizen Lobbyists delivered hand-written letters to on behalf of concerned citizens who had sent them from around the country
A team of volunteers who live in the DC Metro area will continue to make regular visits to Capitol Hill, building relationships, and connecting elected officials to a national network of increasingly empowered citizens.

Ice storm creates challenges, lasting bonds

Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds, hail, and snow flurries, the Citizens Intervention rally was an uplifting and empowering experience for more than 500 attendees including more than 150 speakers.

"We bonded through the adversity and learned that we can really count on each other even in the hardest circumstances. I would do it again with twice as much snow!" said Jose Gutierrez, a recent graduate from Purdue University Camulet in Indiana.

"Success is measured by how one adjusts to adversity and I could not be more proud of the Coffee Party members and visitors for what they endured in order to make their voices heard," said Egberto Willies of Houston, TX who served two shifts as emcee and is the host of the Coffee Party's Saturday radio show. "We identified the heroes and leaders who will help us reach our goal of achieving self-governance for the People."

Theresa Browngold of Doylestown, PA brought her family on stage with her to display nine of her paintings portraying people who have struggled with health care issues. During her remarks, she explained that the more haunting portraits used darker colors because they were of people who had died. "The paintings represent the uninsured, under-insured and dying. I wanted the country to see who cannot access healthcare," she said.



As the ice storm intensified and temperatures dropped, organizers decided to move the event inside before darkness fell. But soon after the event had moved indoors, some of the citizen speakers expressed a desire to return to the Capitol. Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler grabbed a video camera, and together with Patrick Robinson and other members who had driven with him from Occupy Chicago, led about a dozen people back out into the cold. Byler said, "I actually wanted to stay out there. The show must go on, and it did, beautifully in our makeshift in-door stage. But for those of us who returned to the Capitol as the sun was going down, those last 10 or 12 speeches were deeply meaningful. We weren't going to let the storm beat us. We ended with the Pledge of Allegiance, spoken in the tradition of 'the people's mic."

Joe Snodgrass of Crescent City, FL speech at Citizens Intervention DC
Joe Snodgrass of Crescent City, FL speech at Citizens Intervention DC

http://citizensintervention.com/

Washington, DC Oct. 31, 2011 -- Coffee Party USA launched the lobbying phase of its Citizens Intervention campaign today after battling the elements in a memorable open mic rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Coffee Party members from throughout the country met with their Representatives and Senators on Capital Hill to begin a partnership to advance campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, and tax code reform. In the months and years to come, a growing network called the Citizens Lobby will bring open mic rallies to Members' districts, visit district offices, and continue building relationships on Capitol Hill.

Citizen Lobbyists had 32 meetings today at U.S. Representative and Senate offices
Citizen Lobbyists delivered hand-written letters to on behalf of concerned citizens who had sent them from around the country
A team of volunteers who live in the DC Metro area will continue to make regular visits to Capitol Hill, building relationships, and connecting elected officials to a national network of increasingly empowered citizens.

Ice storm creates challenges, lasting bonds

Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds, hail, and snow flurries, the Citizens Intervention rally was an uplifting and empowering experience for more than 500 attendees including more than 150 speakers.

"We bonded through the adversity and learned that we can really count on each other even in the hardest circumstances. I would do it again with twice as much snow!" said Jose Gutierrez, a recent graduate from Purdue University Camulet in Indiana.

"Success is measured by how one adjusts to adversity and I could not be more proud of the Coffee Party members and visitors for what they endured in order to make their voices heard," said Egberto Willies of Houston, TX who served two shifts as emcee and is the host of the Coffee Party's Saturday radio show. "We identified the heroes and leaders who will help us reach our goal of achieving self-governance for the People."

Theresa Browngold of Doylestown, PA brought her family on stage with her to display nine of her paintings portraying people who have struggled with health care issues. During her remarks, she explained that the more haunting portraits used darker colors because they were of people who had died. "The paintings represent the uninsured, under-insured and dying. I wanted the country to see who cannot access healthcare," she said.



As the ice storm intensified and temperatures dropped, organizers decided to move the event inside before darkness fell. But soon after the event had moved indoors, some of the citizen speakers expressed a desire to return to the Capitol. Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler grabbed a video camera, and together with Patrick Robinson and other members who had driven with him from Occupy Chicago, led about a dozen people back out into the cold. Byler said, "I actually wanted to stay out there. The show must go on, and it did, beautifully in our makeshift in-door stage. But for those of us who returned to the Capitol as the sun was going down, those last 10 or 12 speeches were deeply meaningful. We weren't going to let the storm beat us. We ended with the Pledge of Allegiance, spoken in the tradition of 'the people's mic."

Elsa Dine braves freezing rain to deliver speech at US Capitol
Elsa Dine braves freezing rain to deliver speech at US Capitol

http://citizensintervention.com/

Washington, DC Oct. 31, 2011 -- Coffee Party USA launched the lobbying phase of its Citizens Intervention campaign today after battling the elements in a memorable open mic rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Coffee Party members from throughout the country met with their Representatives and Senators on Capital Hill to begin a partnership to advance campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, and tax code reform. In the months and years to come, a growing network called the Citizens Lobby will bring open mic rallies to Members' districts, visit district offices, and continue building relationships on Capitol Hill.

Citizen Lobbyists had 32 meetings today at U.S. Representative and Senate offices
Citizen Lobbyists delivered hand-written letters to on behalf of concerned citizens who had sent them from around the country
A team of volunteers who live in the DC Metro area will continue to make regular visits to Capitol Hill, building relationships, and connecting elected officials to a national network of increasingly empowered citizens.

Ice storm creates challenges, lasting bonds

Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds, hail, and snow flurries, the Citizens Intervention rally was an uplifting and empowering experience for more than 500 attendees including more than 150 speakers.

"We bonded through the adversity and learned that we can really count on each other even in the hardest circumstances. I would do it again with twice as much snow!" said Jose Gutierrez, a recent graduate from Purdue University Camulet in Indiana.

"Success is measured by how one adjusts to adversity and I could not be more proud of the Coffee Party members and visitors for what they endured in order to make their voices heard," said Egberto Willies of Houston, TX who served two shifts as emcee and is the host of the Coffee Party's Saturday radio show. "We identified the heroes and leaders who will help us reach our goal of achieving self-governance for the People."

Theresa Browngold of Doylestown, PA brought her family on stage with her to display nine of her paintings portraying people who have struggled with health care issues. During her remarks, she explained that the more haunting portraits used darker colors because they were of people who had died. "The paintings represent the uninsured, under-insured and dying. I wanted the country to see who cannot access healthcare," she said.



As the ice storm intensified and temperatures dropped, organizers decided to move the event inside before darkness fell. But soon after the event had moved indoors, some of the citizen speakers expressed a desire to return to the Capitol. Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler grabbed a video camera, and together with Patrick Robinson and other members who had driven with him from Occupy Chicago, led about a dozen people back out into the cold. Byler said, "I actually wanted to stay out there. The show must go on, and it did, beautifully in our makeshift in-door stage. But for those of us who returned to the Capitol as the sun was going down, those last 10 or 12 speeches were deeply meaningful. We weren't going to let the storm beat us. We ended with the Pledge of Allegiance, spoken in the tradition of 'the people's mic."

Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith at Citizens Intervention open mic
Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith at Citizens Intervention open mic

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http://uucava.org/profile/RevCarltonElliottSmith?xg_source=activity

Washington, DC Oct. 31, 2011 -- Coffee Party USA launched the lobbying phase of its Citizens Intervention campaign today after battling the elements in a memorable open mic rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Coffee Party members from throughout the country met with their Representatives and Senators on Capital Hill to begin a partnership to advance campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, and tax code reform. In the months and years to come, a growing network called the Citizens Lobby will bring open mic rallies to Members' districts, visit district offices, and continue building relationships on Capitol Hill.

Citizen Lobbyists had 32 meetings today at U.S. Representative and Senate offices
Citizen Lobbyists delivered hand-written letters to on behalf of concerned citizens who had sent them from around the country
A team of volunteers who live in the DC Metro area will continue to make regular visits to Capitol Hill, building relationships, and connecting elected officials to a national network of increasingly empowered citizens.

Ice storm creates challenges, lasting bonds

Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds, hail, and snow flurries, the Citizens Intervention rally was an uplifting and empowering experience for more than 500 attendees including more than 150 speakers.

"We bonded through the adversity and learned that we can really count on each other even in the hardest circumstances. I would do it again with twice as much snow!" said Jose Gutierrez, a recent graduate from Purdue University Camulet in Indiana.

"Success is measured by how one adjusts to adversity and I could not be more proud of the Coffee Party members and visitors for what they endured in order to make their voices heard," said Egberto Willies of Houston, TX who served two shifts as emcee and is the host of the Coffee Party's Saturday radio show. "We identified the heroes and leaders who will help us reach our goal of achieving self-governance for the People."

Theresa Browngold of Doylestown, PA brought her family on stage with her to display nine of her paintings portraying people who have struggled with health care issues. During her remarks, she explained that the more haunting portraits used darker colors because they were of people who had died. "The paintings represent the uninsured, under-insured and dying. I wanted the country to see who cannot access healthcare," she said.



As the ice storm intensified and temperatures dropped, organizers decided to move the event inside before darkness fell. But soon after the event had moved indoors, some of the citizen speakers expressed a desire to return to the Capitol. Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler grabbed a video camera, and together with Patrick Robinson and other members who had driven with him from Occupy Chicago, led about a dozen people back out into the cold. Byler said, "I actually wanted to stay out there. The show must go on, and it did, beautifully in our makeshift in-door stage. But for those of us who returned to the Capitol as the sun was going down, those last 10 or 12 speeches were deeply meaningful. We weren't going to let the storm beat us. We ended with the Pledge of Allegiance, spoken in the tradition of 'the people's mic."

Joe Sestak speech at Citizens Intervention
Joe Sestak speech at Citizens Intervention

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An Inevitable Moment for America

by Joe Sestak wrote in the Summer of 2011 that Egypt's revolution was the result of:

"a growing frustration with those in power who use that power only for themselves, not for their people. For this Tunisian street vendor --who set himself and the Middle East revolution ablaze-- action was inevitable. The near-absolute power of his established leaders was not being used to help him, but instead was being used for their own self-aggrandizement. This resulted in gross income disparity, a shifting job market, and a discouraged middle class. It was this same frustration that made America's revolution inevitable over two centuries ago."

AND:

"This understandable lack of faith in our government and its leaders has ravaged not only our democratic process, but ultimately undermines our sense of national unity—what we stand for and what we are capable of. It is not just politics. The trust of Americans has been devastated by fraud and failure in virtually every area of public life. People have been let down and led astray -- to disastrous consequences -- by government and politicians, corporations and titans of business, civic leaders and experts of all stripes. Unbelievable lapses of oversight and foresight have occurred across administrations and on the watch of both parties. The government of the people has rarely been held in such low regard by the people; and when the body created by and for the people does not enjoy the public trust, it must be viewed as nothing short of a crisis. We are arguably in no less a crisis than are the governments that have lost the support of their people in North Africa and the Middle East. We must restore trust in our leaders."

Read More:

http://joesestak.com/articles/2011/5/med-quarterly

Paul Weiskel of #OWS & #Occupy Boston at Citizens Intervention Rally #Oct29
Paul Weiskel of #OWS & #Occupy Boston at Citizens Intervention Rally #Oct29

http://coffeepartyusa.com/why-i-occupy-weiskel

Why I occupy

My motivation for taking part in this defense of democracy and a call to action to anyone who has the ability to support these members of the 99%.

by Paul Weiskel

After a particularly long debate in the first General Assembly of the occupation of what is now named One Liberty Plaza, a protester stood up and said, "This is the best example of democracy I have ever seen or been a part of." I could not agree more. Taking part in true democratic decision making, no matter how small, is liberating and life changing. Especially when it is within earshot of Wall Street.

I don't need to tell you my political reasoning for supporting #OccupyWallStreet, you are obviously at least an observer of the Coffee Party so I won't lay the regular deluge of statistics and critique of this corrupt system and how it has subverted our democracy.

I will however explain my perspective on why I feel this particular action is so important to our movement to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable democracy, of, by, and for the people.

I stood on the picket lines with Verizon union workers in Boston, I spent my spring break in Madison, Wisconsin supporting collective bargaining rights, and when I first heard about #OccupyWallStreet I knew I had to be there. I spent 4 days in New York including the first 3 days of the occupation. I live in Boston, Massachusetts, home to Wall Street's favorite congressmen Senator Scott Brown who has taken in a disgustingly huge portion of campaign donations from Wall Street coffers. It is a flat out lie to think this represents anything larger than 1% of the people of Massachusetts. I know what is at stake and I believe taking it to the sidewalks of Wall Street is the next step in our movement.

We are the 99%, the people with student loan debt, the families with homes foreclosed on, the minorities who are wrongfully discriminated against by the American 'justice' system. And we will no longer tolerate the abuses and corruption of the 1%. The fight to end corporate personhood, stop foreclosures, save Troy Davis, abolish student loan debt, and put Washington into the hands of the people are all the same fight. And coming together in New York City is were we can be heard the loudest.

Arie Spiel, age 15, at Citizens Intervention 10/29/11 Washington DC
Arie Spiel, age 15, at Citizens Intervention 10/29/11 Washington DC

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I believe that corporate power is growing and if unchecked, the U.S. will become a feudal Society.
Corporations are not obliged to sit on juries and can't be asked to serve and perhaps die for our country. Why did our courts grant them the first amendment right to free speech? This enables them to campaign, lobby and bribe their way to ever higher profits.
Our legislators prostitute themselves for corporate contributions and we get the shaft. For this legal bribery, Big Business can pollute. They can graze cattle or mine our federal lands for pennies. Big Farms are paid handsomely not to grow. Big Oil gets generous tax breaks and give us token royalties for what they extract from our federal land and seas. The US tax payer gets nothing from this but the plunder of our treasury and our natural resources.
This corporate assault is not limited to tax breaks. They want to end all federal oversight. The house has tried to hobble the EPA all year. Big Business means to starve our government and end the regulations that protect us from their recklessness and greed.
When we close our libraries, parks and public beaches, our social bonds will be severed. School and other government services will only be available to those who can afford it. When our government is forced to lay off police and fire fighters we will have anarchy. Then we will all live in company towns coast to coast. Americans will be like serfs, tied to the land with no hope of upward mobility. We will be living in a company house, guarded by 2nd amendment protected company cops and shopping at the company store. It will be a slave new world.
We must invest in America and put Americans back to work. We must save our environment for the future. We must tax those who make fortunes here. We must break the bonds between the boardroom and the legislature. Congress must protect our interests not the CEOs. We desperately need a Constitutional Amendment barring any entity from making political donations, if they are soliciting the government. We must end the corporate takeover of America now.
We need this Coffee Party to thrive. I am now pledging $1,000, so my son Arie, who is in the crowd, can become a lifetime member. He is fifteen. Please donate. We need this Coffee Party to be strong and influential for his entire life. I don't want him to live in a country that is of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. Please give.
God bless the Coffee Party and God bless America. Thank You

Arie Spiel

Texas Style Intervention: Who's Your Daddy?
Texas Style Intervention: Who's Your Daddy?

Join us in asking Congress Who's Your Daddy? http://ow.ly/7ltKo

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Coffee Party brings Open Mic in Texas, More Cities to Be Added
The Enough is Enough rally in Washington DC was the launch of a national campaign, with two primary components:

Free Speech Open Mic events

The Citizens Lobby including coordinated in-person visits to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill and around the country.

And, we didn't waste any time. Just week after the kick-off event, Annabel Park is in Austin, Texas hosting a seminar on social media and political engagement followed by a Free Speech Open Mic event at the State Capitol, at which we will be recruiting leaders for the Citizens Lobby.

Over the next three months:

Eric Byler will host Free Speech Open Mic events in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle.

Debilyn Molineaux will be host events in Portland, Oregon.

Egberto Willies and Shane Brooks will co-host events in Houston and Waco, Texas.

Annabel Park and Eric Byler will co-host will host events in Charlottesville, VA and New York City.

Tabitha Justice will host an event in Milton, West Virginia.

If you would like to organize a Free Speech Open Mic event in your area, please contact us at: Enough@CoffeePartyUSA.com.

Please help us get the message out to our fellow citizens and Congress by making a financial contribution to support our Citizens Intervention open mic and lobbying campaign now.

Citizens Intervention Trailer — thank you to all survivors!
Citizens Intervention Trailer — thank you to all survivors!

http://citizensintervention.com http://coffeepartyusa.com

Washington, DC Oct. 31, 2011 -- Coffee Party USA launched the lobbying phase of its Citizens Intervention campaign today after battling the elements in a memorable open mic rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Coffee Party members from throughout the country met with their Representatives and Senators on Capital Hill to begin a partnership to advance campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, and tax code reform. In the months and years to come, a growing network called the Citizens Lobby will bring open mic rallies to Members' districts, visit district offices, and continue building relationships on Capitol Hill.

Citizen Lobbyists had 32 meetings today at U.S. Representative and Senate offices
Citizen Lobbyists delivered hand-written letters to on behalf of concerned citizens who had sent them from around the country
A team of volunteers who live in the DC Metro area will continue to make regular visits to Capitol Hill, building relationships, and connecting elected officials to a national network of increasingly empowered citizens.

Ice storm creates challenges, lasting bonds

Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds, hail, and snow flurries, the Citizens Intervention rally was an uplifting and empowering experience for more than 500 attendees including more than 150 speakers.

"We bonded through the adversity and learned that we can really count on each other even in the hardest circumstances. I would do it again with twice as much snow!" said Jose Gutierrez, a recent graduate from Purdue University Camulet in Indiana.

"Success is measured by how one adjusts to adversity and I could not be more proud of the Coffee Party members and visitors for what they endured in order to make their voices heard," said Egberto Willies of Houston, TX who served two shifts as emcee and is the host of the Coffee Party's Saturday radio show. "We identified the heroes and leaders who will help us reach our goal of achieving self-governance for the People."

Theresa Browngold of Doylestown, PA brought her family on stage with her to display nine of her paintings portraying people who have struggled with health care issues. During her remarks, she explained that the more haunting portraits used darker colors because they were of people who had died. "The paintings represent the uninsured, under-insured and dying. I wanted the country to see who cannot access healthcare," she said.



As the ice storm intensified and temperatures dropped, organizers decided to move the event inside before darkness fell. But soon after the event had moved indoors, some of the citizen speakers expressed a desire to return to the Capitol. Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler grabbed a video camera, and together with Patrick Robinson and other members who had driven with him from Occupy Chicago, led about a dozen people back out into the cold. Byler said, "I actually wanted to stay out there. The show must go on, and it did, beautifully in our makeshift in-door stage. But for those of us who returned to the Capitol as the sun was going down, those last 10 or 12 speeches were deeply meaningful. We weren't going to let the storm beat us. We ended with the Pledge of Allegiance, spoken in the tradition of 'the people's mic."

Sarah Lawson speech at US Capitol Oct. 29, 2011
Sarah Lawson speech at US Capitol Oct. 29, 2011

http://citizensintervention.com/

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.
The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.
We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Why the #99% will win — Eric Byler Speech at US Capitol on global democracy movement
Why the #99% will win — Eric Byler Speech at US Capitol on global democracy movement

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Impromptu speech concludes outdoor portion of Citizens Intervention rally. Moments earlier, Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler was informed the rally would move indoors to allow open mic to continue despite falling temperatures and falling ice/snow/freezing rain. The open mic went late into the evening at Hamilton's Bar and Grill two blocks away.

http://coffeepartyusa.com


The mission of the Coffee Party is to fight the Cycle of Corruption, and restore self-governance to the People. To do so, we must achieve

Campaign finance reform
Wall Street reform
Tax code reform
As voters and grassroots volunteers, we understand that the federal government is not our enemy, but the expression of our collective will. We pledge to support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them. Our goal is not to destroy our government. Our goal is to fix it.

We believe that the influence of money on our political process, and, the politics of fear and division work together to stand in the way of a government of, by, for the people. Coffee Party members welcome the diversity of thought, background, and circumstance that is found in the cities, towns, and neighborhoods of our country.

We maintain independence from all political parties and labels. We are trans-partisan, but being trans-partisan does not mean we cannot take positions. It means that Coffee Party members arrive at positions based on principles and facts, not on party affiliation. By seeking and sharing accurate information, we empower ourselves and others to take action and participate in the deliberative process.

The Constitution and the common good are not in opposition. The Constitution was written for the common good, to allow the People to stand together against abuses of power. We cannot allow the Constitution to be appropriated by small factions, or used to justify extreme tactics.

Our love of country is not based on cultural resentment. We not only love America, we also love Americans. We are united in our shared belief in democracy, equality, liberty, and justice. These are the ideals that define us as a nation. This is the heritage we wish to pass on to future generations.

John Gallager Citizen Intervention Statement at US Capitol
John Gallager Citizen Intervention Statement at US Capitol

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John Gallager organizes with Occupy Chicago and traveled to Washington DC for the Citizens Intervention rally at the US Capitol by car with fellow occupiers. This footage was shot after the rally was moved in doors due to harsh weather, and, some decided to go back into the cold in order to say their piece in front of the Capitol, as planned.

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.

The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.

We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Jacqueine Spreadbury Citizen Intervention statement at US Capitol
Jacqueine Spreadbury Citizen Intervention statement at US Capitol

http://citizensintervention.com/

Jacqueline Spreadbury organizes with Occupy Chicago and traveled to Washington DC for the Citizens Intervention rally at the US Capitol by car with fellow occupiers. This footage was shot after the rally was moved in doors due to harsh weather, and, some decided to go back into the cold in order to say their piece in front of the Capitol, as planned.

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.

The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.

We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Occupy Marine David Bennet responds to Oakland travesty
Occupy Marine David Bennet responds to Oakland travesty

http://citizensintervention.com/

David Bennet traveled from Occupy Chicago to Washington DC for the Citizens Intervention rally at the US Capitol. This footage was shot after the rally was moved in doors due to harsh weather, and, some decided to go back into the cold in order to say their piece in front of the Capitol, as planned.

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.

The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.

We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Jeanene Louden Intervention Statement at US Capitol #Oct29
Jeanene Louden Intervention Statement at US Capitol #Oct29

http://citizensintervention.com/

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.
The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.
We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Patrick Robinson of Occupy Chicago
Patrick Robinson of Occupy Chicago

http://citizensintervention.com/

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.
The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.
We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Intervention statement by Theresa Browngold
Intervention statement by Theresa Browngold

http://citizensintervention.com/browngold

by Theresa BrownGold

Anyone who is indifferent to the well-being of other people and the causes of their future happiness can only be laying the ground for their own misfortune.
—Dalai Lama

In 2008 I started an art project I call Art As Social Inquiry. The idea for this project surfaced after decades of observing the hundreds of thousands of people (and I mean that literally) I encountered in 30 years of working in the restaurant business. You can imagine that, after so many conversations, I had heard many thousands of stories of people helping people. One day it struck me, "Why do so many people who support so many charitable causes with their time and money get absolutely livid and resolute in opposing real reform for creating a system in which all people can access healthcare in the United States?"

Surely, if these good people really knew what was happening to the "others," the ones who had no or not enough health insurance, the ones not like them, they might feel differently. I wanted to create an honest dialog by connecting the issue of access to healthcare to real lives — lives affected by our opinions and the society shaped by them .

Also at this time I was phasing myself out of the restaurant business and returning to art-making, something I had studied for a brief time in my twenties. I had the idea that I could paint portraits and tell every kind of healthcare story I could find. If I created an overview by lining up these portrait-stories side-by-side, and then invited people to look at was happening in real lives across the spectrum of healthcare access, would our opinions about how we get healthcare change?

Any doubts I might have had about this new venture were quickly scuttled when I felt a bit of a spiritual push. I recognized that I, in my small way, was responsible for creating this class of "others" who could not get health insurance. As a small business, our health insurance group was comprised of my husband, me and one other full time employee. When our one full time employee decided to leave after 3 years, I said to my co-owner/husband, "If we hire only part time employees, we won't have to provide health benefits." I felt nauseous. I had to either lie to myself about how I was planning to control costs in our system of employer-based coverage. Or, I had to admit that I would be contributing to this national epidemic of the uninsured like the hundreds of thousands of other small businesses looking to hire only part-time workers. I thought, "Is this any way to run a country?"

Fast forward to the present. I am 45 portraits into my social inquiry of how we access healthcare in the US. My goal is to paint at least 100 portraits and have an art show travel the country for many people to see the portraits and hear the stories.

Continued at:

http://citizensintervention.com/browngold

Poet Gowri K sings truth to power at US Capitol "Citizens Intervention"
Poet Gowri K sings truth to power at US Capitol "Citizens Intervention"

http://citizensintervention.com/

Congress must listen to the American people NOW. Not after the election.

The silent majority is saying Enough Is Enough with the broken government. We must summon the political will as a country to confront Washington with the core problem: money in politics.

We have a democracy crisis, more than a deficit crisis.

This is an historic moment. Grassroots democracy is springing up everywhere right now in a whole new way. We are calling this rally an "intervention" in recognition of the urgency of the moment. It is our desire to establish dialogue between members of Congress and the American People. We intend that this will lead to significant changes in our nation's priorities and policies.
The Citizens Intervention is an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We love our country and that is why we are going to Washington. We have sent letters; we have made phone calls. We are going to Washington because we feel that our words have been ignored. By our physical presence in the streets of our nation's capitol we want you to see our faces and hear our voices. This intervention is about We The People shaking things up and getting Congress back to work.
Our representative democracy isn't working. We don't feel represented. Money has replaced the people in the process. To stop the cycle of corruption, we must reform our campaign finance system, transform our tax code, and revamp the way Wall St does business. We are are going to insist and we're not going to go away until we fix the problems. Our future is on the line.
We are asking all Americans to join us in a national dialogue on how we will address both the crisis of confidence that the American people have in our elected leaders and the toxic political discourse that feeds that crisis. We need a non-ideological, civil, and solution-oriented dialogue on how to move forward together.

Recognizing that Americans are searching for ways to participate in the political process without discord and rancor, our aim is to provide a place to gather and a way to participate that celebrates the spirit of American democracy.

As the deliberations of the Super Committee proceed we would like everyone seated at the table. In order for this to be a legitimate national dialogue about the future of our country, the voice of We The People must be heard.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

For more than three years, Americans have lived in anxious frustration, some of us to the point of despair and real deprivation. Wall Street wreaked havoc on our economy and while it has certainly recovered, we have not. This must never happen again. We must change the way Wall Street does business.
The tax code is complicated and unfair. We need a simpler tax code that levels the playing field so we all pay our fair share. Such reforms will enable us to get our economic house in order while also meeting our obligations to those still struggling, to our ailing infrastructure, and to our nation's defense.
We share your frustration and anxiety. If we play the ostrich — put our heads in the sand -- things will only continue to deteriorate. Without your voice, nothing changes. With your voice and your physical presence, change begins. Without your engagement, Washington stays the same.

Jesse LaGreca speaks at US Captiol at Citizens Intervention rally 10/29/11
Jesse LaGreca speaks at US Captiol at Citizens Intervention rally 10/29/11

http://citizensintervention.com/

More on Jesse LaGreca by Drew Grant of The New York Observer:

When Fox News turned their cameras on the 31-year-old Daily Kos writer Jesse LaGreca last Wednesday, they didn't know what they were in for. Not only did Fox producer Griff Jenkins get schooled all over the Internet — forcing Greta Van Susteren to respond on why they didn't air the footage of Mr. LaGreca's statements -- but suddenly the somewhat haphazard movement was given a clear and distinct voice.

"Fox News wants to laugh at us," Mr. LaGreca told us in a phone interview Tuesday evening. "To say that we're unruly, that we're to be laughed at....because that fits into their narrative, which is that only free markets can save us. Only unregulated capitalism can save us. And anyone in opposition to that needs to be attacked and marginalized.'"


Mr. LaGreca certainly does not fit into the media's stereotype of the obtusely disenfranchised ne0-hippies that have been camping out at Zuccotti Park. He's been a freelance writer for the Daily Kos under the name MinistryOfTruth for the last three years and is one of their most frequent writers and commenters. He's a member of various subgroups on the site, including their Anonymous forum, Environmental Foodies, and the Progressive Policy Zone. Mr. LaGreca is no East Coast liberal either: though he currently resides in New York, it's only been for a month. His previous homes were in Colorado and Illinois. He does not (as far as we know) have health insurance. He is subsidized for his writing mostly by a Paypal link he set up on his articles. He is articulate, with framed arguments that have obviously been rehearsed in advanced. Not only is he the face of "The Budding Stars of Occupy Wall Street," according to the Atlantic Wire, but his presence is large enough to inspire its own legion of fans. (We noticed that he had a larger Twitter following than our personal account.) Basically: Mr. LaGreca is Fox News' worst nightmare.

"Their first question was whether we were inspired by Greece," said Mr. LaGreca, referencing the the way the network would lead protesters to inflammatory answers, "Which had a couple of incidents of student violence...It's a running meme in the right wing media: that if we don't do something about our economy we're going to end up like Greece. But the only thing we can do is what Fox News has been showing us since the day Obama was inaugurated."

Mr. LaGreca is not, like the media has portrayed some of the protesters, a brainwashed Obama-ite. His Daily Kos article from August is a scathing critique of Obama's nomination of Sen. Mike Lee's general counsel for U.S. Attorney of Utah.

When asked if he would be willing to go on Fox News and finally get to tell his side of the story, Mr. LaGreca surprisingly demurred. "I don't want to go on with anyone who has a history of misconstruing people's statements. There's certain networks that I have an obvious bias against. But there are people like Keith Olbermann, Dylan Ratigan...Jim Axelrod, who was a total gentleman. I'm willing to give anyone a fair shake. I'm willing to talk."

Despite being a very vocal member down at Zuccotti Park, Mr. LaGreca denies speaking for the Occupy Wall Street movement. "I'm not a spokesperson for anyone but myself," he tells us.

Okay, but does he have any advice for those watching the watchmen; i.e. protesters on the lookout for cherry-picking media reporters?

"One: be camera ready. Have your camera on you so if there is a media slant, you can capture it. Two: have a coherent message. Tell people exactly why you are here...not what other people are doing. The overarching theme here is that people are being screwed, but that can't be summed up in a soundbite-ready statement. However if you tell the media your personal story, it's the most touching, the most effective way to communicating to people why they should be here as well."

Jessica English of St. Paul, MN speaks at US Capitol during Citizens Intervention
Jessica English of St. Paul, MN speaks at US Capitol during Citizens Intervention

http://CitizensIntervention.com/Jessica

Read Jessica's essay at:
http://CitizensIntervention.com/Jessica

Jessica English spoke in 20 degree weather with sleet, rain, and snow during an event called the Enough is Enough: Citizens Intervention rally.

The Citizens Intervention is an on-going campaign that offers an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

Buddy Roemer, GOP Presidential Candidate at Enough is Enough: Citizens Intervention
Buddy Roemer, GOP Presidential Candidate at Enough is Enough: Citizens Intervention

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http://buddyroemer.com/

Buddey Roemer spoke in 20 degree weather with sleet, rain, and snow during an event called the Enough is Enough: Citizens Intervention rally.

The Citizens Intervention is an on-going campaign that offers an opportunity for everyday Americans to share their personal stories directly with Congress. Hundreds of citizens are signing up to take part in a "free speech open mic" program to express how the corruption and dysfunction affect our lives, and what we want to do about it.

We reject the Supreme Court's activist decree that multi-national corporations are American citizens with inalienable rights to unlimited and anonymous political advertising. Our Constitution enshrines free speech as a guarantee of protection for the will of the People, not as an avenue for the influence advertising or political propaganda.

Without real campaign finance reform the American people will continue playing second fiddle to powerful special interests. We know reform is possible if there is political will. We need to summon that political will around the country and on Capitol Hill. We won't stop until it is done.

Citizen Intervention: Voices from America 2
Citizen Intervention: Voices from America 2

http://citizensintervention.com/
This video was shot in Madison, WI, at St. Olaf's College in Minnesota, in Pittsburgh, PA, and in Washington DC during August and September, before the start of Occupy Wall Street (with the exception of one clip shot at an #OccupyPittsburgh event). Notice the cohesion in the two videos below. The first one was shot BEFORE #OccupyWallStreet transformed our national narrative to focus on the human needs of the 99% (and how to meet them with some support from the .2% of the people who control our government) rather than the agenda of the 1% (and how to implement it while hurting America as little as possible). The second video was shot on Oct. 1 and 2, the first two days of #OccupyDC.

See 2nd video at:
http://citizensintervention.com/voices-2

To leave a message for America 301-259-1135

WHEN: October 29, 2011 • 11:30 AM
WHERE: U.S. Capitol West Front Lawn
WHY: Democracy will not die on our watch

"Sometimes an institution becomes too sick to fix itself...Sometimes an institution, like an individual, needs an intervention, from people, from friends, from outside."
— Lawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost




America is at a crossroads. Our political system itself allows powerful special interests and party ideologues to have more influence with our elected Representatives than average people. Washington has ground to a halt amidst cynical electioneering while tens of millions continue to suffer in this struggling economy. It is clear that Congress has become "too sick to fix itself."

These are reasons to be discouraged. However, we love our country and we must summon our dignity, strength and the spirit of unity. We must resolve to restore a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Giving up is not an option.

Hundreds of people from all over the U.S. are signing up to speak out at the US Capitol on October 29 about how Washington's dysfunction and corruption have impacted their lives. Our personal stories, one after another after another, will announce our determination to rescue Congress from the corrupting influence of money.

On Monday after the rally, we will go to Congress together and talk to our representatives. We will persist with the intervention every week until we are heard. We ask you to go to the district offices of your representatives to continue the intervention.

http://citizensintervention.com/

Annabel Park: Why a "Citizens Intervention" instead of tearing down the government (v2)
Annabel Park: Why a "Citizens Intervention" instead of tearing down the government (v2)

http://CitizensIntervention.com/

"We are the government. The government is us. We want to fix the problems in our government, not turn against the idea of government." —Annabel Park

The Oct. 29 Citizens Intervention at the US Capitol will bring into focus a global phenomenon that has swept through Egypt, Iceland, Israel, Spain, and India. Now, a cultural shift is emerging here on our soil for the first time in generations. What changes are possible now that our democracy crisis has led to spontaneous occupations and our national conversation is shifting from the priorities of ideologues and partisans, to the urgent needs of People?

America is at a crossroads. Powerful special interests have corrupted our political process. Congress is mired in partisan bickering while tens of millions continue to suffer. It is clear that Washington isn't working for the People. Enough is enough. We love our country and that is why we are coming together for a Citizens Intervention at the US Capitol on Saturday Oct. 29.

Gone are days when the ruling class, and no one else, could afford to purchase communications networks. Increasingly, We the People are building our own communications networks, using tools that most Americans can afford. As we migrate from television and radio to smart phones and the Internet, more and more of us will transition from consumers of media content, to producers of media content. This will neutralize the advantages that powerful special interests enjoy, buying political advertising and political entertainment empires to bully and manipulate Congress. This will make it possible for an emerging People's Lobby to grow powerful enough to demand and achieve systemic changes.

Even in the era of agenda-based media empires and anonymous Super PACs, it is the voices of the People that matter most in a democracy. America is the greatest democracy in the world. If we band together and find creative ways to make our voices heard, we will free our elected officials to do what they really want to do: serve our country and do what's best for the People.

#Occupy DC welcomes Lawrence Lessig
#Occupy DC welcomes Lawrence Lessig

http://CitizensIntervention.com/lessig-occupy-dc

Filmed at the #OccupyDC Camp at McPherson Square on Oct. 18, 2011.

Lessig will return to Washington DC on Oct. 29th to speak at the Citizens Intervention Rally at the US Capitol:

http://CitizensIntervention.com/

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