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SALT LAKE CITY -- Members of the new Coffee Party rallied at the federal building in downtown Salt Lake Saturday in favor of financial reform.
The organization says residents are concerned about financial reform -- particularly the amount of money in politics.
It says the only way to find common ground is to discuss the issues and challenge the political culture.
"The political culture right now is very divisive," said Mandy Parrish, the Utah Coffee Party organizer. "It's very toxic. There is a sense of us against them, and a lot of fighting going on. We want to see cooperation. We want to see civility."
Coffee Party members would like to see less divisiveness and more open discussion -- just sitting down and talking about the issues over, say, a cup of coffee. They're hoping the movement catches on so everyone can meet somewhere in the middle.
Saturday's event was the Coffee Party's first public rally in Utah.