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Report on Richmond’s Liberty Festival: TEA for over 2000 at Liberty 101: Richmond TEA Party
…Saturday’s March is going to begin near the White House, probably at Freedom Plaza at Pennsylvania Ave. and 14th St. NW. We have some alternative starting points in mind, but will make that decision soon. The end point of the march is the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, right in front of the steps. We will set up the stage there and have video screens for those who aren’t close to the stage. There will also be spillover areas for those that don’t fit in the immediate area…
More at the link.
Free speech zones in Florida city: Port St. Lucie apologizes to Treasure Coast Tea Party
After a week of complaints about a sign at Freedomfest on July 4, city officials apologized to the Treasure Coast Tea Party.
“It was not our intent to interfere or cast dispersions on the tea party,” said City Manager Don Cooper, who took responsibility for what he called a “bone-head decision.”
About 75 members of the anti-tax group attended the City Council’s Monday night meeting looking for an apology.
They have said their civil rights were violated when they were singled out at the festival by being put into a special area with a sign nearby stating Port St. Lucie did not back their views or opinions.
Members got the apology they wanted and more Monday night the offer from Cooper to cover the cost of the city sign himself, rather than taxpayers, and the promise of no more signs at city-sponsored events.
The Governator’s new message:
Balance the budget; no tax hikes; rationalize government by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse. This line, in pure form, has been completely alien to the Schwarzenegger administration since the recall of 2003. Yet it’s the standard program among tea party patriots across the country today. We’re “Taxed Enough Already,” remember?
Lots more and video at the link.
The latest press release:
Washington, DC – Over the last six months the national debt skyrocketed by nearly $3 trillion. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, our national debt will more than double by 2019. Americans will have to pay for this stratospheric spending spree first by begging foreign nations to buy our bonds, and later through higher taxes and inflation.
Grassroots anger at the inability of Washington to live within a budget has been building for some time, and began to boil over in late 2007 as the Bush Administration and Treasury Secretary Paulson abandoned their claimed free market principles to bail out auto makers and Wall Street banks through TARP.
When newly-elected President Obama and his allies in Congress passed the $780 billion debt stimulus plan in February 2009, activists took to the streets.
On tax day, the tea party movement began in earnest. Until now the movement has remained at the local levels. No longer will that be the case. The movement is coming to Washington on September 12, 2009, for a march and rally at the U.S. Capitol.
From autos to banking, the government is crowding out the private sector of our economy. Where Bush bailed out the private sector, Obama is making hostile government takeovers. Ignoring our multi-trillion dollar deficit, Washington is considering a massive new energy tax and a takeover of health care.
On Saturday, September 12th, FreedomWorks will be joined by over ten thousand liberty-loving activists to take a stand against politicians who are bankrupting our future. National co-sponsors include Tea Party Patriots, ResistNet, National Taxpayers Union, Americans For Tax Reform, Young Americans for Liberty, Ayn Rand Center, Campaign for Liberty, Free Republic, Young America’s Foundation, Smart Girl Politics, and The Club for Growth.
The event will kick-off on September 10th and 11th with various events throughout Washington, including grassroots leadership training and Capitol Hill visits. The three-day event culminates on September 12th as taxpayers march on the Capitol building.
For more information, including media inquiries, registration, contacting event coordinators, and the schedule of events, please visit our event website at http://www.912dc.org.
More than 9000 registered for the March on Washington!
In spite of the humidity and overcast sky, Saturday’s TEA Party — Taxed Enough Already — drew hundreds of people, far more than the first TEA Party did on the Mountain Home square on April 15. While most of the bleachers were filled, many people sat in chairs they’d brought in front of the stands and others stood throughout the program. Organizers Richard Caster and Chris Tuthill seemed pleased and excited by the high turnout.
Holding signs with slogans such as “USA not USSA” and “No on Taxes,” more than 250 people protested during the Independence Day TEA Party on Saginaw in front of City Hall today.
The Genesee Taxed Enough Already Party, or TEA Party, held the event to kick off a new group, the Committee Against Tax Increases, which intends to campaign against the Hurley Medical Center millage proposal on the Aug. 4 ballot.
Minnesota: Tea Party calls for less government, people’s rights
Seifert spoke to about 250 people at the Bemidji Tea Party “Freedom Over Socialism” rally on the Beltrami County Courthouse lawn. A half-dozen speakers spoke for 90 minutes on renewing the covenant with the founding fathers, the price paid for liberty, federal power is on the march, a call to action and a fight for freedom.
A demonstration with flags and signs along Bemidji Avenue was held prior to the rally, and after, tea was served and everyone given a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution.
Apopka, FL, with video.
New Mexico: T.E.A. Party rally focuses on nation’s values
“We are here to celebrate our nation’s independence and revisit the values that our founding fathers intended us to live by,”said Lisa Kincaid, spokeswoman and organizer for the group.
“The group’s message is that the true government of our country is we, the people,” Kincaid said. “We’re supposed to inform ourselves as to what is going on in our leadership, and not depend on elected officials in Washington to tell us how things are going. We have to be educated and well informed in order to hold them accountable. The Constitution is the supreme law of this land, and it’s our duty to uphold it as it was originally intended to be.”
Connecticut: Norwich tea party protest draws 500
Flags, patriotic music and speeches stirred a crowd of more than 220 at the Quincy Tea Party’s Freedom Celebration.
An estimated 1,500 waved signs, cheered and clapped when speakers made their points and showed their support for the Tea Party movement spreading across the country and present in Columbiana County during an event Friday outside the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.
… But a group of about 500 who packed the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center spent the afternoon another way — protesting against taxes.
They were a part of the island’s Fourth of July Tea Party — one of two tea parties held in Beaufort County Saturday. The events were among the 1,900 tea parties held across the country on the holiday, according to organizers.
Bloomington, IN: Hundreds show up in rain for second local tea party
Despite pouring rain, hundreds of people filled the Main Street block at courthouse square from Washington to Jefferson streets. They presented a sea of colorful ponchos, American flags and umbrellas at an event designed to get politicians to listen to the people.
“This is the second tea party (in Bloomington). The ideas are spreading quickly. We can’t stop here,” said Donny Herrin of Bloomington, one of the speakers on the McLean County Museum of History’s steps. A similar peaceful protest against what organizers call excessive government control in the lives of ordinary citizens was held at the same location April 15.
T.E.A. Party in Idaho Falls:
No one through[sic] anything into the river at this Tea Party, instead they handed out copies of the Constitution, allowed people to place their own John Handcock on a Declaration of Independence, and sign post cards to send to our legislators with a message.
“We have got to let our federal government know we are really fed up. We wanted changed but not this kind of change,” said Elliott.
But you might be wondering, why continue having tea parties?
“Those tea parties, rallied the people of the country. Not just one city, in Boston, but throughout the colonies of that time,” said Dr. Don Schanz who has a PHD in Constitutional Law.
These grass root movements will continue to take place across the nation, even in Idaho Falls.
Got that right.
This is just the start, people. Expect to see many more posts on these in the coming days.
Some 2,000 people gathered in Morristown to mark the nation’s birth with an old-style political protest as part of nationwide anti-taxation protests fashioned on the Boston Tea Party.
Despite a hot and sunny break from weeks of rain, angry taxpayers skipped the beaches and crammed onto the Morristown Green — a historical site of revolutionary activity during the Revolutionary War — to express their frustration with increasing taxes and call for smaller government.
Though the tea party movement has focused on taxation, today’s event felt more like an old-fashioned free-speech protest, with flag-waving protesters carrying signs that read “America’s no longer free” and “Save our constitution!”
Texas: Sen. Cornyn booed at Capitol “tea party”
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn drew boos from a crowd outside the Texas Capitol this afternoon as he spoke at a “tea party” rally organized by the Texas office of Americans for Prosperity.
Cornyn was booed at the start and close of his remarks, which assailed actions in Washington; there were no boos while he awarded a Purple Heart to a Copperas Cove resident injured in Iraq in 2006.
“You’re the problem,” a crowd member hollered.
Another crowd member yelled that Cornyn voted for the initial federal bailout of Wall Street approved by Congress last year, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Celebrating Independence Day for one group means voicing their frustration with the government. Tea party rallies were held in cities across the country and one of the largest took place at Southfork Ranch near Plano.
Even the youngest generation got involved this Independence Day. They took part in America’s Tea Party, a growing and conservative grass roots movement trying to put a stop to what it calls a “tax and spend” government.
“This whole thing transcends party lines. It’s important for everyone to stick up for their freedom,” said 18-year-old Beau Brehm of McKinney.
Brehm and his friends recently graduated from high school, where they say teachers encouraged them to stand up for what they believe in.
“We are the people and these are our opinions and I just hope they respect our wishes,” said 19-year-old Trey Evans, also of McKinney.
Hundreds of people, some with tea bags hanging from their hats or glasses, turned up for a Fourth of July “tea party” held Saturday in Reno to protest federal government spending.
In the Sierra Marketplace Center parking lot at Virginia and Moana streets, patriotic songs played from speakers on a stage and a tent adorned with American flags and patriotic bunting provided space and materials for participants to create their own signs.
People lined Virginia Street, holding signs with a variety of slogans such as “No cap and trade,” “Don’t tax me bro,” or “No public money for private failure,” and protestors cheered each time a passing car honked.
Our local media is getting it. More tea will flow, county tax opponents say
Taxpayers outraged over the federal government’s spending have organized a second tea party, this time on Saturday.
…On Saturday, the same group that participated April 15 will continue its opposition.
Since that event, local interest in the movement has grown, said Faith Jones, founder of the Northwest Indiana Patriots.
“We are concerned citizens who are shouting out, ‘We want our country back,’ ” she said.
The Northwest Indiana Patriots is not political, she said. The focus is on government spending.
More at the link.