Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party Happens Wednesday

A growing movement consisting of any American who thinks Uncle Sam is abusing their tax dollars is coming to a head this Wednesday with over 700 “Tea Party” gatherings nationwide. Almost guaranteed that one is happening within driving distance of you, if not walking distance.

Behold, a collection of known, organized tea party gatherings happening on Wednesday:


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Be certain to check the time/location for your specific city as gatherings are happening all times of the day.

More specific information can be found on TaxDayTeaParty.com with information breaking down each gathering state-by-state.

We’ll have more updates coming tomorrow and we’ll be providing updates on Wednesday including some firsthand reporting from the Washington, DC gathering.

If you’re attending any events around the country, let us know and give us some firsthand details we can share.

Update

Our very own resident Conservative Gal was interviewed by the DC Examiner yesterday for a story appearing in today’s edition. The topic was, of course, the tea parties happening tomorrow.

Here’s the story with her part in bold:

Anti-tax activists will gather across the Washington region Wednesday as part of a nationwide tax day protest, which organizers hope will demonstrate public anger with the Obama administration’s ramp-up of government spending and debt.

Tax day Tea Parties being held across the country are intended to evoke the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty threw British tea into Boston Harbor as part of a tax protest that helped spark the Revolutionary War.

While tax protesters have marched before, Wednesday’s protest represents the largest concerted effort so far. It will also be the most closely watched, acting as a test for how well conservatives — disgruntled with the direction of the Democratic White House and Congress — can mobilize dissent over the $787 billion stimulus package, corporate bailouts and the president’s $5.6 trillion budget proposal.

Liberal commentators have lambasted the effort, and suggested that the turnout would be limited in size and confined to the hard-right fringe.

A year away from midterm elections, lawmakers are waiting to see what happens on tax day.

“It’s a real barometer of the public out there,” said Virginia Tech political communication professor Robert Denton Jr. “And [lawmakers] are virtually forced to pay attention.”

Whether the event locally amounts to a flop or a coup will, of course, hinge on turnout, projections of which remain elusive. Rebecca Wales, the lead organizer of the event in D.C., declined to venture an estimate. Perhaps overly hedging, she said she expected “more than five” people.

Local organizers are, however, confident enough in public interest that they’ve split the protest into two venues: a “grassroots” stage at Lafayette Park and a “national” stage outside the U.S. Treasury Department.

Johanna Ashworth, 26, plans to show up to both. She and her husband left upstate New York in August for Centreville, mainly for “lower taxes and higher income,” but quickly ran into local tax increase proposals. Ashworth, who lives in Centreville and is studying for the Law School Admission Test, worried tax policies under Barack Obama would punish her for pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer.

“It’s all across the country; it’s not just here in Virginia or New York, it’s everywhere,” she said. “I can’t imagine paying more federal taxes, on top of state taxes.”

Nationally, the Tea Party protest is scheduled to take place in 700 locations, with the largest crowds expected in San Antonio and Atlanta.

“The sky is the limit; we’ll be easily into the six figures” nationally, said Eric Odom, administrator of TaxDayTeaParty.com. “Where we are in the six figures, I have no idea.”

The Tea Party won’t have to bring huge crowds to have an effect, Denton said. For candidates and parties, he said the event offers a great opportunity to target volunteers and raise funds.

Grassroots indeed, it will be something to see. Sadly I can’t attend since I will be working but my wife Johanna (a.k.a. Conservative Gal) and some friends/family of mine will be attending downtown in DC.

  • D.D.Mao

    Nate………Please check your “E” mail.

    Looking forward to seeing Johanna there !

  • Bill Hedges

    Boston Tea Party
    Eyewitness Account by a Participant

    “The tea destroyed was contained in three ships, lying near each other at what was called at that time Griffin’s wharf, and were surrounded by armed ships of war, the commanders of which had publicly declared that if the rebels, as they were pleased to style the Bostonians, should not withdraw their opposition to the landing of the tea before a certain day, the 17th day of December, 1773, they should on that day force it on shore, under the cover of their cannon’s mouth.”

    http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/teaparty.
    htm

    “During the American Revolution, George Washington used to call out for “beef, beef, beef,” but the Continental Congress called out for “pork, pork, pork”

    How appropriate today
    …..

    “When you invite people to think, you are inviting revolution”
    Ivana Gabara

    Obama’s actions caused us to think
    …..

    From Obama’s HERO

    “If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • Bill Hedges
  • Bill Hedges

    Another email from my brother. Could not find his source..
    …..
    Today’s News

    President Obama has directed $560,000.00 taxpayers’ money
    to be given to Detroit Michigan’s Public School System.

    The Detroit Michigan’s Public School System has replaced
    the head Principal 5 times lately

    Reports, millions of dollars are missing from the
    Detroit Michigan’s Public School System
    .
    Los Angeles California
    This morning news on National Public Radio, NPR reported
    Los Angeles California’s Public School System
    is in the red by millions of dollars.
    Your President Obama is sending this school system
    hundreds of millions of taxpayer’s money

    Los Angeles has one of the largest teachers’ union in
    the Nation. As you know, Obama supports the teachers’
    union and the UAW carmaker union in Detroit. These
    unions support the Democratic Party. In 2008 Obama
    campaign, the UAW Union donated $4.4 Million to his
    presidential campaign…

    Surely in your area, you are paying your share of
    school tax annually. Now you are now supporting
    Detroit and Los Angeles public schools also….

    Detroit and LA thank YOU for your taxpayers FREE money.
    The citizens of Detroit and LA do not want the public school
    tax increase increase but rather get FREE taxpayers’ money
    from President
    …..

    Added fuel to heat your tea

  • I looked for you D.D Mao, I didn’t see you though. I was the one in the white pea coat and Pink and plaid Burberry umbrella. I guess I will see you next time!

  • D.D.Mao

    Conservative Gal……..I couldn’t make it.I’ll see you next time!

  • Babs

    Way to go, CG! Not only did you get to go, but it got it documented forevermore! Wish I could have gone, but watching it on Hannity was awesome. 😉