(LOUISVILLE, KY) Sept. 28, 2010 — Participants in the first Coffee Party Convention arrived home to 40 different states on Sunday and Monday, energized and determined to pursue electoral and legislative goals outlined during the three-day event.
Meredith Diamond drove six hours from Oberlin College with classmate Xenna Goh, and was struck by the agreement she witnessed across party lines. "It made me see a real hope for the sort of engagement the Coffee Party is pushing for, something I hadn't thought possible until this weekend."
The most emotional speech at the convention came from Lt. Dan Choi. In his first public remarks since last week's filibuster of a Defense Authorization Bill that included a conditional repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, Choi spoke of love, equality, and determination, bringing listeners to tears.
"Love is non-partisan," Choi said. "Love does not belong to any specific group. And the equality of love is also non-partisan. ... Equality is non-partisan because the priority of our rights and our liberties, as if freedom is some kind of finite resource, is most anti-American."