Skip to comments.Thousands Protest at Tea Parties (7,500 at Fresno/Central Valley TEA Party)
Posted on 04/16/2009 12:20:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
About 7,500 people showed up at the Tea Party at Save Mart Center, one of thousands held around the country on tax day.
Fresno was just one of thousands of cities to host a tea party on Wednesday and was also one of the largest events in the county.
The event is based on the pre-revolutionary war protests in Boston, where Americans took a stance against excessive government taxation.
The people at the tea party in Fresno say they don't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat. They say everyone, from every background or social standing should be upset about the current trend of big government, big spending policies and huge corporate bailouts.
Its not known if all the protests will have any affect on the politicians but that didnt stop the people attending from making their feelings known.
(video at source)
(Excerpt) Read more at cbs47.tv ...
Thank you. I hope you can view the others that I linked to on Picasa. I just couldn’t post them all on the thread. I try to be conscious of the fact that not everyone has high speed internet. :-)
Off with their heads indeed.
I'm so proud of you all!
Hope all is well in your world.
Good to see you, Lori!
I'm doing well, thanks, and I hope you are doing well also.
WOW! Thanks for the ping/pics Mama_Bear! Thanks for the pics, TenthAmendmentChampion! Thanks for posting, Jim! OUTSTANDING turnout! Thanks to all in attendence.
Michigan had quite a turnout 5000-7000 (from what I hear...(I went to the last one a couple of months ago)) at the state capitol in Lansing. It looks like ya’ll topped it. GRRRRRREAT job!
I didn’t take any pictures... just posted them here from other sites. I can’t take any credit for anything except showing up and making a lot of noise.
Thanks for being there/here, Lori...pics taken or no pics taken.
Thanks for the clarification. (Sheesh...I’ve never learned how to post a pic yet but really haven’t felt the need to anyway...my mind and wallet are taxed enough :) )
Thanks to all FReepers, lurkers AND attendees at all of the T.E.A. parties across the republic.
The colonial Americans although you couldn't call them
that at the time were not just protesting onerous taxation.
They were protesting the Tyranny of a disconnected government, that did not respond to the wishes of the governed. Such is the situation we find ourselves in today.
We had a good turnout here in Cumming Ga.several hundred people and a GREAT response from the drivers passing the square,
I'm ready for the next one, July 4th? When?
My husband and I got to the Tea Party after 5pm (those darn jobs just demand soooo much!) I wish that the organizers would have saved some coveted speakers for this time—like the “little cheaper dealer”, “joe the plumber” etc. We got a the knuckledraggers in some bizarre skit, the singer singing great but not upbeat songs and Brad Maaske—good but not a barn burner for the ending. I really wanted to be there in a lawn chair the whole time but there was no way to get the time off from my job nor my husband’s job.
Because of this if there is another event I will volunteer to help....
I thought Jim Patterson the former mayor gave a good speech. Mike Ratley was actually a little lackluster. I don’t know if he really prepared well.
I think a bit of the fire of the crowd was not leveraged because speakers were trying to be circumspect and not be too partisan. I think what needed to be emphasized was:
*Onerous public employee union contracts need to be overturned - someone must be spearheading an effort for that and a representative was needed to be on hand to sign up volunteers and contributors
*Lavish spending on do-nothing projects and programs must be stopped - HJTA signs were around but a booth from a representative would have been a good idea for fund-raising and volunteers
*Too many environmental regulations are killing jobs and livelihoods - a group opposing that would have been perfect
*More and more bizarre laws restricting individual freedoms passed without thought or concern for consequences - a person representing Tom Costa’s group promoting a part-time legislature was needed
*Overbearing laws saying what can’t/must be taught in schools discourage teachers and students alike - homeshoolers having a booth would have been really good
*Specifically what the listeners could do next to promote change and reform (i.e., register to vote, and then vote NO on 1A) (see the second point above)
Instead some of the speeches were wonkish and undirected. The politicians need to be afraid of what was said; instead I think they are breathing a sigh of relief that nothing concrete seemed to be accomplished.
Never fear, this is only the start, and next go around we will do things right.
In the meantime vote NO on 1A!! Bankrupt California and force them to renegotiate the union contracts!
But, all the photos I took, and a few that Jeff took are here:
Great to see you, Stuart, and Dr. Linda too!
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the photos. It was an inspiring event that I wouldn’t have missed for anything. We are probably having another one on July 4th. I plan on being there too!! :-)
Your party looked more like a party than ours did. Our speakers laid out in no uncertain terms, the mess that the government is making of our country. They sang patriotic songs, and generally roused the crowd. Our 2000 people sounded loud and mad. "THROW THE BUMS OUT! (My computer has been down for two days.)
Yeah, what a slacker, huh? ;-)
I think you had a great turnout in Charleston, even though you had rain to contend with. It was colorful, with all the umbrellas! I take it Katie is in the crowd somewhere. :-)
Just doing my job :-) . . . since we were one of the sponsors of the Central Valley Tea Party I wanted to make sure everything was documented.
And only JK would take pictures of the porta potties.
Speaking of documenting everything . . . one of the sponsors provided the porta potties and it is very important to make sure that everyone that donated was recognized. Especially one of the extremely important donations!
Nope, Katie was taking the picture from a high place on the capitol steps. There is a video on You Tube that shows Katie as the first face on the video. I think the title was “Tea Party Protest in Charleston, WV” I’ll try to find it.
I suppose that is your story and you’re sticking to it. LOL. Hugs JK. I really enjoyed the pictures, even thought it took me two hours to go through them all. Ha.
Tea Party protest held in Charleston WV April 15, 2009
Well, bless your heart.....you looked at them ALL??? That's something usually only a mother would do. ;-)
Way to go West, by God, Virginia!!
Hey, thanks for posting Katie. I still say, (in spite of the count on that video) that we had at least 2000. I’m a pretty good crowd counter from my many years with the band. I couldn’t get all of them in the picture even from the high place.
Or a good friend. eh?
Thanks, Jim. I still maintain that we had at least 2000 people there. I know how to count crowds. I don’t know where the girl that took the video got her numbers.
Indeed. MB, I had a heck of a time getting a count from Beckley, WV. I finally found a blurb on their local paper’s web site about the plans for a tea party and there was a phone number to call for info. So I did. I got the count and I think I also got FR a new member. The woman said she had never been an activist before, but now she is and is also now known as a domestic terrorist. We talked for some time on the phone and I think she will make a great freeper. I’m going to have to call her back and see if she checked us out.
I believe the MSM intentionally under-counted ALL of the Tea Parties, while at the same time making fun of those attending. I didn't listen to much of post-party reports, but I did hear that FOX, of course, gave the most unbiased coverage.
We are hoping to have another on July 4th at the Tulare Ag Center (which is about three miles from our house) and has more than enough space for many thousands of people under covered shelters with fans. (It's where we have the annual World Ag Expo - our claim to fame, LOL). Anyway, Bakersfield had a couple thousand at their Tea Party, we had around eight thousand at ours, and nearby Hanford had a good crowd too. We are hoping to get all of them together at the Ag Center on the 4th. The planners are talking about a "Freedom Breakfast" party so that families can later go celebrate the 4th as they normally would. Whatever they decide, we will be there!
Well, gosh, I sure hope she doesn't find out what nasty things a certain cast member of "24" (I refuse to mention her name again!) called her and ALL of us who attended a Tea Party. Compared to her tirade on MSNBC, "domestic terrorist" is nuthin'.
Yes, recruit her as a FReeper. I am going to see if we can have a FReeRepublic table at the "Freedom Breakfast" to introduce new people to this website. Of course, it will be up to Jim, but it was Amy's idea and I think it's a good one.
I've tried to read as much as possible on all the tea parties, but it's a lot of reading. Henchster has a great tea party "count" that is reaching close to 1,000,000. When we get all the counts in, we will shoot it to the conservative media.
I'm done for today. Have to get some work done. Hugs.
Here’s the story about Saturday’s Tea Party that has my fat ugly mug in it: