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BOWLING GREEN, OH – The Solutions Institute takes just one position: good ideas do not require force. Today I’m sharing a message from a radical group poised to disrupt bi-partisan politics with extreme measures. A contradiction? Not a chance. Coffee Party USA endorses honesty, civil discourse, and respect for views that differ from one’s own. A flip through the cable news channels should remind you that their motto, “promote civility and reason,” is a pretty far-out proposal these days.

CPUSA called on the Solutions Institute when it was time for a new web site that would work as hard the party’s directors and volunteers do. We offered our technical expertise in NationBuilder, building their site on its platform and teaching key personnel how to maintain it, and how to use NationBuilder’s signature community-building and campaign-organizing features. (We use NationBuilder at SI and are always glad to bring our clients up to speed on its capabilities.) We also pitched in on branding, and showed them activist tools we value, like the interactive Activist Map. The Activist Map lets activists across the USA advertise their groups and find groups that support similar causes, free of charge. Last night, CPUSA director (and SI advisor) Bobby Rodrigo told me our advisors were seen as patient teachers regardless of individual skill level, and appreciated for caring about our work and the project. Far-out? Not for SI.

Bobby Rodrigo is Coffee Party USA’s Director of Internet Infrastructure, host of I Take Liberty With My Coffee, and producer of SI’s ActCon series of online activist conferences. He’s just announced the launch of the new Coffee Party USA site, and that’s an announcement we are more than happy to share. (Good job, CPUSA, and congratulations!)

Bobby Rodrigo – June 8, 2015

Activism is very tough.  I would debate that it is one of the hardest choices a person makes because disappointment is so prominent.  On the flip side often one will meet and work with fantastic people.  People,  who believe that paying attention to the issues of today and, helping others, is important.   Recently, I have had both accomplishment and a chance to again work with good people. It was a good month.

I am charged with overseeing and improving Coffee Party USA’s Internet Infrastructure.  This responsibility covers a vast amount of subjects. Coffee Party USA is a large grassroots organization with many partnerships and members, which includes a large social media presence.  Branding, promotion, expanding resources, making sure everything works in the IT world, design, communication and so on are some of the matters I work to improve.

When I went to work on launching a new website template and format I was fortunate to be assisted by the Solutions Institute (SI).  The Solutions Institute is an activist consulting organization and think tank.  The brainchild of Dan Johnson, who founded PANDA (People Against The NDAA), SI has an extensive wealth of resources and perhaps the strongest group of advisors ever assembled in the activist consulting world.

When Coffee Party needed help, SI was there.  When I needed help, SI was there.  CPUSA President Debilyn Molineaux and Director Egberto Willies participated in SI’s Activist Training Conference I and II respectively. I am sure the CPUSA and SI will continue to work together in the future.


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