An estimated 300 people participated in Turlock’s Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2009 at Central Park.
The event was peaceful and resembled what America says it is about. Anyone that wanted to was allowed to speak on the microphone, a table for signing letters addressed to our elected officials was set up, signs were held up, and many discussions took place.
It is reported that Christie Falke organized the grassroots event. Though the Tax Day Tea Parties held across the nation were political, the events had nothing to do with party politics. These events were about America.
John Heaton participated and has blogged about the event being a positive one. Heaton has provided pictures of the event where people showed up to express their views on taxes, our government in general, national debt, and more.
The Tax Day Tea Party is a national collaborative grassroots effort organized by Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, the DontGo Movement and many other online groups/coalitions.
The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.
During Rick’s rant, he called for a “Chicago tea Party” where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.
A few days later, grassroots activists and average Joe Americans began organizing what would soon become the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party effort.
On February 27th, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities across the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.
Organizers of the February 27th events pledged to continue on with an even bigger and better protest to follow the first. With April 15th being “Tax Day”, it was decided to schedule the second round of Tea Party protests to ride alongside the tax deadline.
And with that, the “Tax Day Tea Party”, the second round of the Nationwide Tea Party protests, moved into reality.