"We Will Vote!" Coffee Party U for Coffee Vote





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Hype can be purchased; substance cannot be. That's why the Coffee Party and Coffee Party U will have something to say about the long-term future of America.

Millions and millions of dollars are being spent to alienate and demoralize us out of our civic duty. A flood of anonymous money is buying campaign ads with negative, misleading messages. Millions of dollars are being spent to fund, facilitate, and indoctrinate grassroots organizations that organize around hateful, misleading notions, and news entertainment channels that profit from division and hyper-partisanship are now donating their profits to political campaigns.

They have money, but we have the votes. No one can buy the American democracy unless we give it to them by not voting.

That's why Coffee Party USA is partnering with TheBallot.org and VoteSmart.org to help ordinary Americans like us make our own Voter Guides. Large anonymous donations are not required. This something everyone, everywhere can do. It doesn't take long to make one, and it's actually fun if you do it with your friends.

Along with manufactured hype and alienating rhetoric, a big reason why people don't vote is unfamiliarity with the process. To paraphrase Jon Stewart, if you're the type of person to ask yourself if you are informed enough to vote, you're exactly the type of voter we're looking for.

So, when you do your homework and find out what's on the ballot, why not share that work with fellow Americans, thus encouraging them to do the same?

We the Sane People don't like to go into a voter booth and find all of these ballot measures we haven't heard of. Often, we leave many of them blank, afraid we'll mess up, and this unpleasant experience makes us less likely to want to go back the next time. Coffee Party Voter Guides are a public service for people who, understandably, prefer to gather facts and information before casting a ballot. Informed voters are the ones our country needs most, and you can help empower them. We encourage you to be as creative as possible in producing a Voter Guide that will work best for your campus or your community.

VoteSmart.org/ and the League of Women Voters are two reliable websites you can use to research your Voter Guide. When your Voter Guide is completed, please post it on the TheBallot.org, so that others can download them. Meanwhile, you and your friends can spread them on Facebook, post them on blogs, and spread them in emails. Recruit your friends to do the same. Get on a radio show, get in the newspaper, and most of all, print them out, pass them out, door-hang them ... and, as they say in TheBallot.org's AWESOME Voter Guide instructional video below "Make it rain!"

Coffee Party USA is non-partisan organization. Our votes are based on principles, not partisanship. It's completely okay to indicate the consensus of team in favor of a particular candidate or ballot measure. If someone doesn't like your choice, they can make their own Voter Guide. We love the idea of having lots of Voter Guides for people to compare and contrast. Or, if you like you can simply provide information like how to find your poling place, and describe candidates' positions without offering any analysis.

We simply require that your Voter Guides be accurate, that they put the public interest over special interests and lobbyists, and reflect Coffee Party values such as being fact-based, solutions-oriented, and respectful to diverse cultures and diverse perspectives. There are an awful lot of people out here who share those values. In fact, we believe it's the majority of Americans. That's why just a few hours of work from you and your friends can swing an election by helping hundreds or even thousands of people to vote.

Here are some resources put together by Asian American Pacific Islander American Vote APIA Vote: * If you want to find your polling place: http://www.vote411.org * If you want nonpartisan information like sample ballot and candidate information: http://www.smartvoter.org/ * If you need free multi-lingual assistance with a problem you had at the polls: http://www.smartvoter.org/ * If you haven't registered to vote yet: http://www.apiavote.org/register-vote * If you need state-specific voting information (rules, deadlines, etc.): http://www.rockthevote.com/election-c... * If you want AAPI youth specific messaging from our partner, Engage Her: http://www.youthchargenow.org/

Please encourage your friends to visit this page where all of this info (and more) is available: http://bit.ly/9CfyVG


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