Legal Fund for Annabel Park
Team Member: Greg Cassel
Annabel Park wrote -
I founded Coffee Party USA in 2010 after the facebook page I created, Join the Coffee Party Movement, went viral. In a matter of weeks, people started spontaneously organizing themselves locally all around the country based on a simple idea of engaging in civil, fact-based dialogue and working together as fellow citizens to restore democracy in America. I stepped down as president of the organization at the end of 2011 in order to make room for a new elected Board od Directors.
The current Coffee Party USA Board of Directors has recently threatened me with a lawsuit for publicly criticizing its decision to promote and solicit new accounts for a multilevel marketing company, Viridian Energy. I've also spoken out against the hostile behavior of board directors directed at members and supporters of Coffee Party USA who have expressed concerns and criticisms of board's actions.
Since I've raised my objection in April, board directors have removed me as admin from the facebook page that I created and own, Join the Coffee Party movement. They've censored my comments on that page and on the organization's website, coffeepartyusa.com. Yet, they still use my image and copyrighted slogans to promote the Coffee Party USA brand on Facebook and on the website as they see fit without my permission.
I will be using the legal fund to protect myself from their lawsuit, pursue legal action to protect my intellectual property rights, and to protect the rights of Coffee Party USA members.