Norfolk, VA â€“ Following the lead of CNBCâ€™s Rick Santelliâ€™s call for a â€œChicago Tea Partyâ€, DontGo Movement, Smart Girl Politics, and Top Conservatives on Twitter worked together to successfully organize over 50 protests across the nation, where over 30,000 people attended. Those were basically â€œspontaneousâ€, last minute effortsâ€¦organized in literally days. Building on the success of those February 27th Tea Parties, the word went out from those sponsors about organizing Tax Day Tea Parties, and asking for volunteers in any/every city in the USA. That grassroots effort is called â€œNationwide Tax Day Tea Partyâ€ (www.taxdayteaparty.com)
Presently Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch, GOPUSA and American Solutions are co-sponsoring the movement.
The Tax Day Tea Party has been taking the nation by storm; to date, there are over 120 cities with confirmed events nationwide.
â€œHere in Virginia, we are planning events that will touch every corner of the Commonwealth,â€ said Virginia Tea Party Coordinator Coby Dillard. â€œItâ€™s important for those in Virginia who are displeased with the fiscal irresponsibility displayed by both political parties in Washington and Richmond have a voice to express their frustrations and concerns. On April 15, that voice will be heard.â€
Richmond Area Coordinator Sara James said â€œThis is an opportunity for citizens to exercise their right to protest their governmentâ€™s growing, insurmountable debt caused by spending on special interest â€˜porkâ€™ projects.â€ Northwest Virginia Coordinator William Hay added â€œI am finding that there are a lot more people who feel like I do than I ever would have thought. We can no longer wait for someone else to take action on our behalf, and itâ€™s important that we get out and take our message to the people. Hampton Roads Coordinator Karen Hurd concluded â€œOur representatives are not listening to us on the bailout, TARP, the â€œstimulusâ€œ bill, and now the 3+ trillion dollar budget. We in effect have â€˜taxation without representation.â€™ â€
WHAT: Tax Day Tea Party
DATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
WHERE/WHEN: Virginia Beach-Virginia Beach Town Center, 11 am - 1 pm Charlottesville-Downtown Mall by City Hall, 3 pm â€“ 5 pm Richmond-Kanawha Plaza, 6 pm â€“ 8 pm