Wednesday marks TEA Day in Kansas and there are dozens of protests planned across the state.
To find a protest near you, go to www.teapartyday.com and click on “Locations.” You can also visit Americans for Prosperity-Kansas’ website at www.afpks.org or simply click here to view their list of statewide rallies. You might check AFP’s website first as they seem to have more information about times and specific locations, as well as organizer’s phone numbers so you can give them a call.
Contrary to what the media would love to believe, the rallies are spontaneous and are being organized at the grassroots level by citizens who have never before been politically engaged.
I’ve gotten several informational emails regarding various parties. I’ll share that info below along with some pre-party media coverage.
Emporia Rally Planned:
Americans speak with one voice in Emporia Kansas on April 15th, 2009 to say it is time to preserve, protect and defend the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. As the government continues to abuse the citizens with outrageous spending we will gather at 6th and Merchant from 3:30 to 5:30PM to say ENOUGH! The 10th amendment of the constitution clearly says, if the federal government is not given the authority to do these things, they cannot and we will not allow them to continue. Bring your signs, flags, voice and patriotism! Americans will be heard!
Kansas City Tea Party Coverage:
These protests are taking place throughout the country. Grosserode, Lenexa, said the protests are not sponsored or affiliated with any political parties.
“It’s a conservative movement, but not a Republican movement,” she said. “There are Libertarians, Constitutional Party (members), a lot of independents; basically people who are fiscally conservative.
“There are different organizations trying to hijack the TEA Party movement, but we don’t have a sponsor, we’ve taken money from no one. All over the country, each TEA Party is unique and independent.”
Grosserode is a stay-at-home mom who home schools her 6-year-old child. She describes herself as politically knowledgeable, but she did not become politically active until becoming concerned about the amount of money being spent on earmarks in the Omnibus spending package, the size of the federal stimulus packages, and the increasing national debt.
Wichita Tea Party Coverage:
Salina Tea Party Coverage:
From noon to 1 p.m. at the commons area between the City-County Building and the Salina Public Library, a crowd that organizers hope reaches between 100 to 200 people is to gather to hear from movement representatives.
“Our whole mission is to train people to become active in their communities by running for elected positions, but also in simpler ways, by being active in the community,” said Marlene Bonilla, of Salina, who is helping organize the event.
Topeka Tea Party Coverage:
“They’re all over the state and folks, everyday citizens are putting things together, AFP and Kansas is just one part of the equation, we’re coming to help organize it but it’s folks that are just coming out from their homes and from their businesses and saying we’ve had enough.”
People from Topeka and surrounding areas can come here at 14th st and NW Gage and that way they can participate in the Tea Tax Party.