March 31, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party Helpful hints


Tax Day Tea Party

How-to from the Orlando Moms

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 07:00 PM PDT

Helpful tips for a successful event: Great ideas from the folks who organized the highly successful event in Orlando last week.

I love their music idea and this quote, "We chose not to have politicians speak at our event because it was our opinion that politicians have unlimited forums to make their platform known, this is a day for them to listen and for the people to be heard."

A potpourri of Tea Party ideas

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 06:52 PM PDT

In no particular order, I've been emailed these interesting and thought-provoking Tea Party suggestions:

  • Organize a clean-up crew and have them in place to keep trash picked up during and after the event.  The person who sent this idea said you don't want to leave your event site looking like DC after the inauguration.

  • Keep signs "credible and dignified".  This person goes on to say, "I have not been to a Tea Party yet but I plan to attend one on the 15.  Ours is a very liberal town and I have no doubt that our Tea Party will be attended by some hardcore liberals, looking to criticize and some independents who are on the fence and can be convinced to continue to protest with us.  These are the people we want to impress because those of us who are already mad as hell don't need to be convinced that America is being destroyed. I feel that mentioning the words conservative, republican or any other partisan party in the material relating to this movement is detrimental to the cause.  I think that demeaning pictures and words about any particular individual or political party defeats our purpose and our credibility.  THIS IS NOT ABOUT BEING A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN - IT IS ABOUT BEING AN AMERICAN."
  • Might I suggest that instead of sending teabags, we encourage everyone to fax or/and mail photos of themselves holding the signs they are planning on carrying to the partys to their state senators and congressmen?  For a fax, a first page saying "Revolution is Brewing" with the date and time of the local tea party you will be attending, and for the second page the photo of you and your sign and the words "I am watching you.  I am fed up.  And I VOTE!"
  • "People, this is an exercise in networking….you have got to get you name on the web as organizers….how?  Craigslist…blogs….penny paper ads…I recently got an invite from a local talk radio…spent 20 minutes on there talking about the movement !  Sweet stuff.  You need to find people you can trust.  People that see eye to eye with you…that begins the networking…if you ask me you should have no problem finding people like yourself."
  • Provide a banner and markers at your Tea Party and ask everyone who attends to sign it as a memento of the event.  This was done at our local Tea Party at the end of February and people waited in line an hour to sign it.  I think the organizer mailed it to the White House.
  • Put a button on your website that website visitors can click if they plan to attend a Tea Party.
  • We need to have a coordinated effort to record/tape these tea-parties and also to make a firm count of all who participate. Then we need to take these videos and counts, send them to all 536 members of congress and the president, the media (most probably won't report it anyway) and let them know where we all stand.
  • I am addressing my own city next Tues. to ask them to NOT take the funds….and I will be letting all my Tea Party Revolutionaries know so they can show up in support…I am asking them not to betray their integrity, or the residents of this city, by bankrupting America.
  • If the same Republicans and Democrats fail to fix America's financial policies in 2009, and they are re-elected in 2010, where is their incentive to change?When do we stop accepting excuses, and how do we demonstrate to Washinton D.C. that we mean business? What are our peaceful options for cutting off the supply of political air to Washington?
  • Ask someone to donate copies of Mark Levin's new book, "Liberty and Tyranny" to your Tea Party so you can give away a free copy to the first 10 or 25 people who arrive, or have people write their names on strips of paper and draw out 25–the first 25 names get a free copy of the book.

Please report permit issues!

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 06:16 PM PDT

Over the last few days, we are hearing from a number of local Tea Party organizers that local government officials are acting to deny them permits.

I leave it up to attorneys to decide whether government officials have the right to deny you your constitutional rights to peacefully assemble by imposing burdensome regulations on that right, and further denying that you have jumped through enough hoops to satisfy any burdensome requirements. (What happened to "hope and change"?)

I've started a page on Tea Party permit issues.

If you're a local organizer and you've experienced any difficulties in the permit process, please record what happened here.

If you're an attorney and you'd be willing to help local groups by making a friendly call or two to stubborn or ill-informed local government officials who are denying permits to local Tea Parties to peacefully assembly, please contact us asap at:

P.S.: Why you must insist on your right to peacefully assemble.

Tea Party Sign Artwork

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 04:43 PM PDT has some fantastic sign designs in PDF format. Just download them, save them and take them to the printer!

Florida Gov Shuts Down Tea Party

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 09:10 AM PDT


Want to protest your government by going to a Tea Party event? DENIED!

Remember this report from our nation's history?

CNN (Continental News Network) Boston, 1773: The city of Boston canceled a proposed protest over tea taxes today, citing the fear that too many people dressed as Indians would be gathered near the wharves. Organizers expressed sadness over the cancellation, but meekly returned to their homes fearful of upsetting the officers of the Crown. Taxmen breathed a sigh of relief as the tar and feathers were put away not to be used this day.

You don't remember that pre-revolutionary history? I should say you shouldn't, because it didn't happen. But flash forward a few hundred years and you'll find it is happening today in Cape Coral, Florida where city officials canceled a tax day tea party gathering because they "feel too many people could show-up."

That's right, folks, the God-given, long-held American right to assemble and protest the actions of our government has been canceled due to too much popularity of the protest.

And what does it come down to? Money. You see, the city officials want an insurance policy taken out so that organizers can cover any loss that might occur as a result of the rally. And those insurance policies cost hundreds of dollars.

The tea party organizers of Cape Coral, though, aren't the only ones to find this restriction of their free speech and rights to assemble. Tea party organizers all across the country have begun to find out just how difficult, if not impossible, it is to be "allowed" to exercise their God-given right to speak their minds against government excess and criminality. City governments all across the country are charging fees for "permits," forcing organizers to pay out huge sums for "insurance policies," and binding tea party organizers in all sorts of government red tape.

In many instances, organizers are being told that they aren't "allowed" to hold rallies on government property. Imagine that? We, the taxpayers of the city/state/federal government aren't "allowed" to gather on property that our own taxes paid for.

And then there are the "permits" required to reserve the day, arrange the police protection, and clean up afterward. Often those "permits" can only be applied for at certain times a year, precluding any spontaneous assembly. Also, these "permits" can be denied with no reason stated quashing at birth any plan to exercise the right of assembly.

Here one might wonder how it is that we so often see those lefties appearing on our TV sets engaging in their many organized protests? Don't the flotsam and jetsam of the far left seem to have large protests all the time? One might be drawn to imagine that the government is involved in some sort of grand conspiracy to allow those with anti-American sentiment, the moonbats of the left, to march with impunity. But, hold the tinfoil hats, won't you? Because the wackjobs of anti-war ilk and the shrill, circus acts of the Code Pinkos are expected to cut through the same red tape the tea party organizers have been confronted with. The lefties are just better at it.

You see, contrary to popular conception, the far left has some deep-pocketed backers (your George Soros types, unions and even government funds) and a raft of organizations that do "protests" as a full time job. Their protest marches and rallies are far from spontaneously organized. These groups are thoroughly knowledgeable about the red tape and governmental hoops through which they must jump to carry off a successful protest assembly. After all, the hatemongers of the left are intimately intertwined with city governments all across the country. They understand what needs to be done because, by and large, city officials used to belong to, or belong still to the sorts of groups that plan lefty protests. Your new president is one of them. Being part of government, these leftie protest marchers help write the rules, being intimately associated with government they are quite well informed about what is required and how to get around or satisfy those rules.

But the obstacles are coming as a shock to the average citizens that love this country. For their whole lives peace-loving, work-a-day Americans have taken for granted that there exists the freedom to assemble completely unaware that those rights have been eliminated by stealth regulation by governments all across the land.

And now the folks in Cape Coral, Florida have learned their lesson.

Americans do not have the rights they always thought they did. There is no right to protest government. There is no right to assemble. The people have no rights at all to voice their displeasure. Shut up people. Go home. Nothing to see here. Go quietly back to your IPods and DVDs. Big daddy government will take care of you. The Obemmessiah will decide what's best for you. Don't worry your little heads. Oh, and thank you for your payments on April 15th.

Put away the tar and feathers, won't you? There's a nice fella.

-Warner Todd Huston

Also see this post for a good run down of this story.

$22,000 Worth of Tea Party Gear

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 08:23 AM PDT

Just under three weeks ago we launched The Official Tax Day Tea Party store over at The store was created by Leslie Harrington, the graphic designer for the DontGo Movement and the person credited with most of the great Tea Party graphics you see floating around the web.

When Leslie first created the store, it was our hope that we would be able to raise $500 or so to help buy TEA-shirts for each of our organizers across the country. This would require that we sell at least $2,500 worth of product through the store.

Much to our surprise, this morning our account shows we've sold more than $22,000 worth of Tea Party Gear! The profit on this is about $6,400, which will allow us to purchase 400+ TEA-shirts for our local organizers to wear on Tax Day.

The remaining profit from the store will be equally spread between Smart Girl Politics, TCOT, and the DontGo Movement (these three groups have put in a HUGE amount of time and energy to help get the Tea Party Movement where it is today).

Without question, this is a very worthy cause and thanks to YOU we've exceeded our goals and expectations. So with that said… we want to thank every one of you who purchased something through our Tea Party Store.

Oh… and if you've received your Tea Party stuff, send us pics and we'll post them here.

-Eric Odom

"A heavy or progressive or graduated income tax is necessary for the proper development of Communism.",  Karl Marx
What have we done?
It is time for the Fair Tax!

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