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How to Organize Your Own “Tea Party” Protest
The Conservative Revolution ^ | 2-21-2009 | Brendan Steinhauser

Posted on 02/20/2009 8:44:43 PM PST by bstein80

The internet is abuzz with chatter about organizing protests around the country to put an end to this madness on Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. But I’ve talked to many people out there who have never organized a protest, and so they don’t have a clue where to begin.

Here are 10 simple steps that you can follow to organize a protest in your own community. If you want more help, just send me an email at bsteinhauser@freedomworks.org and I’ll work with you one on one to help make your protest a success.

1. Pick a location, date and time in your town. I’d suggest main street at an intersection with lots of traffic.

2. Tell your friends, family, co-workers and everyone else you know about the protest. Build an rsvp email list so that you can provide quick updates if something changes. You should also create a facebook group so that the group can communicate with one another.

3. Make 5-10 signs with legible slogans that send a clear message to the public and the media. Write in BIG LETTERS.

4. Call your local talk radio hosts and ask them to announce the location, date and time on the air for a few days leading up to the protest. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper announcing the protest. Email the bloggers in your area and ask them to post a notice about the protest.

5. Write a press release and email, mail and fax copies to the local tv stations, radio stations and newspapers. Call the reporters that cover local events or politics and leave messages on their voice mail.

6. On the day of your protest, show up with your group, be loud, visible, happy and engage the public. Wave your signs, make lots of noise and move around to get attention. If reporters interview you, give them some good sound bytes for their stories. Stay on message and keep your answers short and coherent.

7. Bring sign-in sheets to capture the names, emails and phone numbers of everyone who attends the protest and/or says that they support what you are doing. You will then have a big list of people that can plan the next, much bigger and louder, event. Also bring handouts with one page of quick facts about why you are protesting in the first place.

8. Add your pictures, video and an after-action report to your facebook group, and send this stuff to the bloggers and reporters that you originally contacted. Ask them to post the photos, story and video.

9. Thank everyone who attended via email and phone, and set up a meeting to plan your next event. Now you have a list of people in your community that can help make the next protest huge. Encourage everyone to commit to bring at least one friend to the next protest.

10. Organize a carpool and go find a friend in your neighboring town or county and help them organize a protest there. You and your people are now veterans and should be able to keep the momentum going around your area.

Email me if you have any questions or want some ideas for signs. bsteinhauser@freedomworks.org

Good luck!

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. — Samuel Adams


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1 posted on 02/20/2009 8:44:43 PM PST by bstein80
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To: bstein80

Don’t send the packets of tea to Rick Santelli. Just a thought.


2 posted on 02/20/2009 8:50:18 PM PST by allmost
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To: bstein80

A very, very good list of to-do’s for an event like this!


3 posted on 02/20/2009 8:51:04 PM PST by Old Sarge ("Remember, remember, the Fourth of November, the Socialist treason and plot...")
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To: bstein80
"Email me if you have any questions or want some ideas for signs. bsteinhauser@freedomworks.org"

I don't want to burst your bubble but packing signs won't do anything.

4 posted on 02/20/2009 8:52:55 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: bstein80

Operation Teabag!!!!


5 posted on 02/20/2009 8:55:52 PM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: Do not invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: blackbart.223

“I don’t want to burst your bubble but packing signs won’t do anything.”

OK, you’ve said your what, now followup with your why.


6 posted on 02/20/2009 8:56:20 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: bstein80

ALL execllent points!

And don’t be dumb like me. Don’t PAY expensive costs to use Statehouse property (if that’s your location)...the sidewalk is FREE.


7 posted on 02/20/2009 8:56:50 PM PST by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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To: JRios1968

>Operation Teabag!!!!

**Snigger**


8 posted on 02/20/2009 8:56:56 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: blackbart.223
I don't want to burst your bubble but packing signs won't do anything.

Ditto.

9 posted on 02/20/2009 8:58:15 PM PST by DTogo (Time to bring back the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: bstein80
Following the lead of the colonists I'll be available 16 months after the event.

10 posted on 02/20/2009 8:58:34 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: bstein80

A waste of time.

All such stunts do is make the people involved feel like they’ve done something. They may feel better, but this solves no problems.

Better to quietly and with great determination start recruiting strong candidates and get ready to take Congress back.

We have a year to get it together.


11 posted on 02/20/2009 8:59:55 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: bstein80

11. Don’t forget to have plenty of bail money on hand.


12 posted on 02/20/2009 9:02:05 PM PST by DoingTheFrenchMistake
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To: bstein80

Won’t permits be required?


13 posted on 02/20/2009 9:02:17 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: bstein80

I saw a sign at a protest on tv today—”Give me Liberty or Give me a Flat Screen TV.” Clever signs will make it on your local news.

A whistle works well for making noise.


14 posted on 02/20/2009 9:02:43 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: bstein80

While you’re at it, pick up a sheet cake on sunday from a local bakery. Have them write “Happy Birthday President Washington” on it. Then get disposable plates and forks and take it somewhere with a lot of foot traffic, where you can give cake away to all comers until it’s gone.

If you have an SAR or DAR in the area ask them to help.


15 posted on 02/20/2009 9:08:13 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: Girlene

Stock tip...buy Lipton


16 posted on 02/20/2009 9:08:54 PM PST by lilycicero
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To: rockinqsranch
"OK, you’ve said your what, now followup with your why."

Do I really need to? The Phone lines were in meltdown and it got us nowhere. I'll toss this out however Obama will choke himself without our help.

17 posted on 02/20/2009 9:12:59 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: Man50D

You do not need a permit to be on the sidewalk. That’s public property. Take it from a guy who’s handed out free literature on the sidewalks and has had to talk to cops about it.


18 posted on 02/20/2009 9:13:14 PM PST by LinnKeyes2000 (Palin/(some other conservative type)2012)
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To: Jedidah
"All such stunts do is make the people involved feel like they’ve done something. They may feel better, but this solves no problems."

On top of that it gives ammo to the press to make us look like nuts. I don't need any help with that.

19 posted on 02/20/2009 9:17:19 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: blackbart.223

;-)

That’s one reason I prefer to work behind the scenes.


20 posted on 02/20/2009 9:29:07 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: blackbart.223

“The Phone lines were in meltdown and it got us nowhere.”

In fact we made tremendous headway. In the middle of the Obamaloveinfatuationkissypooearnibblingfest by the MSM the telephone revolt 100-1 against the “Stimu-lie” did in fact cause recognition of the fact America didn’t want the damned thing.

Though the Socialists passed it anyway with the help of three known RINO’S whom shouldn’t be allowed to fly the “R” flag from the tips of their umbrellas, the result was that the MSM, the Blogosphere, publications of various sorts all recognized either there was money to be made selling the news that America is Pissed off, or that in fact there are enough Americans unenamored with Obama and his Socialist Marxist Follies that it is OK to attack.

Up to the point of the public melting those telephone wires it was understood as bad poo poo to say negatives against “The One”.

So it’s OK to grab that sign and tell it like it is.


21 posted on 02/20/2009 9:30:25 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: JRios1968
Ahem, probably another name would be more fitting.

Keep this one and you'll have about 10,000 men in revealing attire show up thinking it's a public orgy.

22 posted on 02/20/2009 9:30:53 PM PST by 3catsanadog (I plan to give the new President the same respect and dignity the other side gave Bush.)
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To: blackbart.223

But when people do get involved and “feel better” it solidifies their belief that they are part of the struggle and they will involve themselves again, bringing others. It builds.


23 posted on 02/20/2009 9:32:58 PM PST by rbbeachkid
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To: Jedidah
"That’s one reason I prefer to work behind the scenes."

Since we are posting here we are wide open. Not that is anything wrong with that.

24 posted on 02/20/2009 9:33:11 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: rockinqsranch
"America didn’t want the damned thing."

But we still got it. Trust me things will get better but it will cost alot. More than I want to pay at this point in my life.

25 posted on 02/20/2009 9:38:27 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: blackbart.223

A puckish little idea...

Whenever you are out & about, on foot; carry a piece or railroad chalk. Should you come across a home or car that still displays an OBama sign, pull out that fat piece of Chalk.
Write “who is John Galt?” on the adjoining sidewalk.

Acorn uses spray paint, we should use chalk.


26 posted on 02/20/2009 9:54:42 PM PST by PizzaDriver (an heinleinian/libertarian)
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To: bstein80
Um, no. This isn't like The Boston Tea Party or any other tax revolt in our great US history. Our founding fathers had a much more hands on approach to government protests that I doubt our current wimp infested society will ever be able to imagine. Oh yes, the good old days are long gone.
27 posted on 02/20/2009 9:58:24 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 3catsanadog
But it's not even my idea!
28 posted on 02/20/2009 10:12:10 PM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: Do not invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: PizzaDriver
"Acorn uses spray paint, we should use chalk."

I don't use either. A boot up the ass may be appropriate at times however.

29 posted on 02/20/2009 10:12:48 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: blackbart.223

Do you happen to recall the ‘60’s war protesters, the racial protests or the “gay” protests when streets where packed with those people? Were they successful in getting their point across? I rest my case.

We have thousands (millions) who are frustrated that our rights are being trampled and I can tell you from experience... It’s cathartic and it gets us coverage.

Not to mention, it’s good for the soul to meet other decent people who share our principles. It’s also GREAT for networking with like-minded people.

But you do whatever you wish. Just please don’t rain on our parade (pun intended).


30 posted on 02/20/2009 11:08:27 PM PST by Humidston (IT'S COMING...I SMELL IT.)
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To: I see my hands

Sorry, it’s 2 in the morning, so it took me a minute to catch on. But I do like your idea.


31 posted on 02/20/2009 11:13:11 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.-Robert E.Lee)
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To: bstein80

Another idea is to send tea bags through the mail, similar to the “Mail a Brick” campagin to build the wall on the border. These actions in concert would send the message needed.


32 posted on 02/20/2009 11:42:16 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Jedidah
A waste of time.

All such stunts do is make the people involved feel like they’ve done something. They may feel better, but this solves no problems.

Better to quietly and with great determination start recruiting strong candidates and get ready to take Congress back.

We have a year to get it together.

That Boston Tea Party which inspired similar events in other coastal towns seemed to have been a fairly effective stunt. The collective tea-dumping caused Britain's prime minister to overplay the government's hand via the Coercive Acts. Remember what happened after that?

I think we can make our outrage known both on the streets and in the ballot boxes. Additionally, a quiet but noticeable civil protest would be if we were to refuse to pay taxes and fees; that would get our erstwhile representatives' attention in short order. The MSM would have a hard time ignoring that much going on.

33 posted on 02/21/2009 12:02:03 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Fu-fu2
This works quite well for making noise, too.


34 posted on 02/21/2009 12:13:23 AM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: bstein80
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Use the word MILITIA a lot, that will get there attention !! "The Springfield Militia is here to lend it's voice!" (YEA!)
35 posted on 02/21/2009 1:46:57 AM PST by MtnMan101
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To: bstein80

ping for later


36 posted on 02/21/2009 3:10:18 AM PST by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! Regular Americans, we're on our own now. Push back the hordes!)
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To: Humidston
"But you do whatever you wish. Just please don’t rain on our parade (pun intended)."

You do what you think is right. I admire your attitude.

37 posted on 02/21/2009 5:08:49 AM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: blackbart.223

So in other words you suggest we sit and do nothing hoping it all just go away just like so many Germans did in 1938.


38 posted on 02/21/2009 5:31:06 AM PST by when the time is right
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To: blackbart.223

“The Phone lines were in meltdown and it got us nowhere. “

On the contrary. The rat traitors are afraid to show their faces at town meetings back in their states. Those that do are getting blasted. You can smell their fear.

This is one of many signposts we need to mark in order to take back our country.


39 posted on 02/21/2009 8:38:07 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: bstein80

thanks! bookmarked for reference


40 posted on 02/21/2009 8:39:36 AM PST by Puddleglum (this space for rent)
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To: lilycicero

LOL. Thanks!


41 posted on 02/21/2009 8:51:43 AM PST by Girlene
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To: LinnKeyes2000
You do not need a permit to be on the sidewalk. That’s public property. Take it from a guy who’s handed out free literature on the sidewalks and has had to talk to cops about it.

In some states, like Missouri, you have to leave the sidewalks clear. Tree lawns, OTOH are fair game.

If I ever do the protest thing, my sign is going to say "Desdemona's wish list: hot tub, Bombay and olives."

42 posted on 02/21/2009 8:53:37 AM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: when the time is right
"So in other words you suggest we sit and do nothing hoping it all just go away just like so many Germans did in 1938."

I never suggested that nothing should be done. I have fought this socialist crap all my life. One of the ways I have done that is to support this website with money, not just words. To call me some sort of slacker on this matter is an insult.

43 posted on 02/21/2009 10:11:45 AM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: sergeantdave
"The rat traitors are afraid to show their faces at town meetings back in their states."

That is a good sign. Let's see what happens next. My guess is they will continue to screw us over even more.

44 posted on 02/21/2009 10:16:55 AM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: bstein80
And I will add one...

11. Don't be surprised if you find yourself confronted with violence from the other side. In days past this has been known to happen occasionally in the course of such protests. Be ready to stand your ground.

45 posted on 02/21/2009 10:35:46 AM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: bstein80

About these two items:

1. Pick a location, date and time in your town. I’d suggest main street at an intersection with lots of traffic.

5. Write a press release and email, mail and fax copies to the local tv stations, radio stations and newspapers. Call the reporters that cover local events or politics and leave messages on their voice mail.

IF protests are held at Nework Affliates (aBC,CBS,FOX,NBC,CNN....they’re in EVERY CITY!) you won’t have to beg the media to be there!

The Media is Obama’s first line of defense....take the protest to the media...the real problem!


46 posted on 02/21/2009 10:43:01 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: bstein80

Thank you very much for posting this!

I am trying to get the Minnesota group together in the next few weeks and will print this out to bring along to the meeting.

Thanks again!


47 posted on 02/21/2009 11:56:44 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Keep plenty of food and batteries on hand.)
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To: hedgetrimmer

I’d be really cautious about giving out food to the public at large.... that’s my legal background always rearing its ugly head.


48 posted on 02/21/2009 12:03:20 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

bfl


49 posted on 02/21/2009 12:48:58 PM PST by montesquieu
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To: blackbart.223; DTogo; Jedidah
I disagree vehemently.

The public at large has little exposure to grassroots conservatism. Many think that it's just a small band of power-hungry white guys pretending to be upstanding and stealing from the common man left and right.

Large groups of conservatives would definitely give many people a big shock that many everyday people are conservative and have deep beliefs. Just as important, the public sometimes has a tenuous grasp on the importance of a subject until they see people sacrificing for it in the flesh.

Humans are social animals and the more they can place a face to a movement the more importance they will give it. Those numerous faces make a movement more personal and more likely to light a fire to oppose the moral audacity of what's occuring.

Conservatism needs more faces willing to show they will make small sacrifices to give it more credence and to show that conservatives believe what they are saying.

50 posted on 02/21/2009 1:22:16 PM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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