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More than 100,000 join a Conversation with America

By Emma Petasis
September 7, 2011 | Blog

A man who organized volunteers for 36 hours after the 9/11 attacks in New York City talks about the significant role his corner Starbucks played that day. A teacher from a Title IX school asks how taxes can be used to help education and improve the economy. A college student from Missouri wonders what young people can do to get jobs upon graduation. A former congressman from Texas asks how we can get voices with no labels to be heard.

These are real Americans asking real questions, and those voices were heard Tuesday night.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Maya MacGuineas and No Labels Co-Founders John Avlon, Robert S. Kaplan and Lisa Borders answered these questions and more during No Labels "Conversation with America".

More than 100,000 people joined No Labels and Schultz during the tele-town hall. After months of dismay with the government's hyper-partisan games, No Labels and Schultz urged the nation to find solutions and help spark an upward spiral of confidence. Despite the grime times, the conversation was optimistic. We know that as a nation, we can find solutions.

The No Labels/Upward Spiral message of citizenship before partisanship resonated throughout the country. Nearly 350 articles on the event have already appeared in the media.

"Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz pleaded with Americans Tuesday night to take to the Internet, the mail or the telephone to urge lawmakers to quit their bickering and find solutions to the nation's mounting problems," CNNMoney says.

"Schultz called on Americans on Tuesday to deluge U.S. lawmakers with demands to end the partisan gridlock that he said is paralyzing Washington," Reuters says.

According to polls taken during the call, 88 percent of listeners think that partisan gridlock is a problem and 79 percent would feel more positively about the United States if Congress passed a bipartisan deficit reduction package.

The time has come to inspire a re-invention of American politics. We can't wait for Washington.

What's next? Click here to tell Congress to put everything on the table and work toward a fair, bipartisan and transparent debt and deficit reduction package.

Finally, watch a replay of last night's conversation below:

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