Written by Lori Thiessen
The coffeehouse has served many purposes over its history. It’s been a place to socialize, a place to glean information, to see art, buy books and listen to artists.
But did you ever think of your local coffee shop as your local command post? Well, a group of anti-war soldiers have done just that. Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW) have established a coffeehouse called The Different Drummer just outside of Fort Drum, NY. They campaign for soldiers’ rights and specifically for the withdrawal of all US military presence from Iraq.
I read about a coffee shop, I think it was a Starbucks, in South America, that has become the safe haven for the super rich against those who would kidnap them or kill them. This coffee shop has a metal detector at the front door and an armed security guard to protect these coffee drinkers from any criminal capers.
The cultural revolutions and political protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s found “command” centres in their local coffeehouses. In fact, the coffee house has been suspected of being a place of political plotting ever since the early 17th century when King Charles II tried to have coffeehouses shut down on charges of sedition.
A mercurial social venue, the coffeehouse lends itself quite easily to the needs of its patrons perhaps more easily than any other kind of place.
Until next time,
May your coffee always be freshly brewed!