At Donkey Coffee, you can add a dash of politics to your fair-trade coffee

“Would you like a side of politics with that?”

Athens, Ohio is abundant in businesses that mix their service to customers with political discourse. From Avalanche Pizza’s caricatures of presidential candidates to Little Fish’s “No Fracking Way” beer brewed with all Ohio ingredients, Southeast Ohioans are accustomed to seeing politics on the menu.

A politically-minded Athens business that stands out to me is Donkey Coffee, who stirs a little social justice into your otherwise average cup of fair-trade joe. Donkey continues to be a leading coffee joint in Athens not only for their comfy couches and cozy ambiance, but because of their devotion to community outreach and promotion of political discourse.

Their website bares a list of organizations who they support that “fundamentally positively influence people.” The list includes groups such as Amnesty International, Fair Trade USA, Pregnancy Resource Center and My Sisters Place.

donkeycoffee.com continues:

“We are committed to promoting social justice and the arts in our community and throughout the world through public awareness, serving, and financial giving. This is the heart of what Donkey is about.”

They took their loyalty to the enrichment of the community one step further this week by having customers rattle off their favorite part of the Constitution in trade for a drink on the house.

Yesterday, Donkey Coffee started the work week by observing an all-American event that took place on September 17, 1787. Baristas celebrated the signing of the Constitution by trading a customer’s favorite constitutional right for a free coffee drink.

This was a part of Donkey’s recent “Free Drink Monday” event.  After I recited Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution (which provides some much-needed accountability to Congress), Michael, one of the baristas, told me the story of the couple that inspired the weekly freebie.

You can thank two Donkey frequenters Steve and Janet for your free power chai latte each Monday. Michael said the couple were such loyal customers that they accrued upwards of 4,000 points on their Donkey Coffee rewards card. Each drink equals one point (and after 10 points, you receive a free drink) so you can definitely say they were regulars.

Haley McKelvey enjoys a mocha latte during a exhausting study session on the second floor of Donkey Coffee.
Haley McKelvey enjoys a mocha latte during a exhausting study session on the second floor of Donkey Coffee.

They never spent their points and eventually moved out of town, so they donated the thousands of points to the customers of Donkey. So each week, Donkey asks their customers to recite a poem about Donkey Coffee, or dance for 10 seconds or like yesterday, share their favorite constitutional right of theirs, to use Steve and Janet’s donation.

Donkey continues to be my go-to spot to sip on an iced latte over statistics homework, not only for their plentitude of power outlets and couches, but because you might get into an interesting discussion over the patriarchy or systemic racism with your barista.

And has anyone else thought about the fact that the name of their coffee shop just so happens to be the symbol of a major political party? Maybe it’s just me.

Regardless of political preference, Athenians will continue to get their coffee fix from Donkey for years to come.

 

 

7 toddlers who don’t understand fracking

Toddlers are cute. They say cute things, do things in a cute way, and even wear cute things. But one thing that no one ever seems to mention is that toddlers are also very, very dumb. Some of them are so dumb that they don’t even understand basic environmental controversies. These seven toddlers know shockingly little about fracking, an issue which has ignited debate among millions of more informed Americans.

1. Sam

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Photo by Johnathan Nightingale via Flickr

Sam is clearly not very bright — he can’t even figure out how to wear shoes — so it’s not surprising that he knows virtually nothing about the scientific process of extracting fuel sources from the ground.

 2. Andrew

Photo by Bridget Coila via Flickr
Photo by Bridget Coila via Flickr

At first glance, it might seem as if Andrew is crying because he feels very negatively about previously earthquake-free areas of the U.S. being more prone to seismic activity after undergoing fracking, but he’s actually just sad that he can’t find his favorite toy. Andrew is more selfish than most big energy companies.

3. Maggie

Photo via Google Images
Photo via Google Images

Maggie is a mess, both because she is a toddler eating pasta and because she consumes energy with reckless abandon. Approximately 26,000 natural gas wells have been created in the U.S. in the two years she’s been alive, but she doesn’t know or care about a single one of them.

4. Joey

Photo via Google Images
Photo via Google Images

Joey is developmentally advanced enough to know how to drive at just 19 months, but he could not care less about where the fuel for his car comes from or if there is a more efficient way of obtaining it domestically.

5. Anna

Photo by dagon_ via Pixabay
Photo by dagon_ via Pixabay

Unlike the 15.3 million Americans who have lived within a mile of a fracking well since 2000, Anna can sleep soundly. She has no idea how fracking works, but that doesn’t keep her awake at night, even though it’s not like she has to get up early to go to work or anything.

6. Jason

Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay

Like many millennials, Jason has a world of technology at his fingertips. He could easily take advantage of this and do some quick research on the basics of hydraulic fracturing, but he never has. He can’t spell or type, but there’s really no excuse for this kind of ignorance.

7. Doug

Photo by Greyerbaby via Pixabay
Photo by Greyerbaby via Pixabay

Doug considers himself a nature lover, and you might think this would play a role in his opinions on fracking, but it doesn’t. In fact, Doug has no opinions on fracking whatsoever, because he doesn’t even know what it is. Get it together, Doug!