Big Apple Coffee Party was formed in May, 2010, by grassroots activists committed to diversity, civil discourse, acting independently of political parties, and corporations. We demand a government that responds to the needs of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices—not corporate interests.

Big Apple Coffee Party meets regularly to advance our common goals. To learn where and when we are meeting, please email us at bigapplecoffeeparty@gmail.com.

Following are some of the events and forums we have organized:

November 19, 2019: Propaganda: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent with panelists Max Blumenthal, Award-winning Author and Journalist and Founder of the independent news website, The Grayzone; Margaret Kimberley, Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report; Aaron Maté, Journalist, Host of Pushback airing on The Grayzone; and moderated by Lee Camp, Stand-up Comedian, Writer, Activist and the Host of the National TV show, Redacted Tonight.

June 15, 2017: June 15, 2017: Making News/Faking News: How disinformation corrupts democracy: A panel of experts to help investigate news critically to determine fact from fiction with Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst & Briefer of Presidents; Mark Cripin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture, & Communication at NYU; and moderated by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report Editor & Senior columnist.

May 17, 2016: Unfinished Business: Freeing Ourselves of Racism: An evening of truthtelling about racial injustice and us with Tim Wise, Anti-racist educator and author; Sam E. Anderson, Activist, retired Math/Black History professor, founding member of the Black Panther Party; moderated by Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq, General Counsel, Center for Law & Social Justice, Medgar Evers College.

November 10, 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Who Wins and Who Loses in This Secret Deal?: A forum examining the TPP and how it will affect our lives if approved by Congress. Panel of experts include Margaret Flowers, healthcare reform activist and co-founder of Popular Resistance; Jim Hightower, syndicated columnist, author and publisher of the Hightower Lowdown; Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch; and Kevin Zeese, political activist and co-founder of Popular Resistance. Moderated by Zephyr Teachout.

February 24, 2015: Do Mega-Foundations Undermine Democracy? Joanne Barkan, writer on “big philanthropy and democracy; Stanley Katz, Director, Center for Arts and Policy Studies, Princeton University; and Gara LaMarche, President of the Democracy Alliance, Former CEO, Atlantic Philanthropies; explore the hidden role that foundations play, and how their charitable giving shapes policy and impacts our lives. Moderated by Cathy O’Neil, Data scientist, author, blogger at Mathbabe.org, Slate Money podcast.

October 30, 2013: It’s Our Money: Making the Economy Work for Us. A forum with Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics; Marc Armstrong, Public Banking Institute; Omar Freilla, Green Worker Cooperatives; and Alexis Goldstein, Organizer, the Other 98%; exploring alternative economic structures, and how we can participate in this new economy. Moderated by J.A. Myerson.

April 1, 2013: April Fool the Koch Brothers: Don’t Do Koch on April 1st. BACP expands the Don’t Do Koch Campaign nationally creating flyering events on April 1, in locations spanning eight cities.

March 14, 2013: KOCHBUSTING: Ending the Spell. An evening to expose & oppose the influence of the Koch brothers with Lee Fang, Lisa Graves, John Nichols, moderated by Laura Flanders, and co-sponsored by The Nation.

May 24, 2012: “Koch Brothers Exposed” Film Screening. BACP Don’t Do Koch Campaign presents Robert Greenwald’s documentary Koch Brothers Exposed with introduction by Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY.

March 17, 2012: Koch Brothers: Their Path to Power at the Left Forum. A panel of expert investigative journalists along with video contributions from producer, director, Robert Greenwald assembled to expose, publicize and attempt to discred the aims of the Koch Brothers.

June 2011: Launch Big Apple Coffee Party Don’t Do Koch Campaign. Initiative to flyer supermarkets with reasons not to buy Koch Industries’ products begun. Big Apple Coffee Party “Don’t Do Koch” Campaign Facebook page at www.facebook.com, website www.dontdokoch.org

January 22, 2011: Citizens Unite Against “Citizens United” Free Speech for the People: Open mic to exercise free speech for three minutes. Live-streamed.
October 15, 2010: Should Corporations Decide Our Elections? A Forum on Corporate Personhood with panelists Thom Hartmann, Lawrence Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout, moderated by Laura Flanders, at All Souls Unitarian Church in NYC.

October 15, 2010: Should Corporations Decide Our Elections? A Forum on Corporate Personhood with panelists Thom Hartmann, Lawrence Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout, moderated by Laura Flanders, at All Souls Unitarian Church in NYC.