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P R E S S R E L E A S E
Grassroots in Nebraska
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Nebraskans Across the State Eager to Attend Tax Freedom Tea Party at the State Capitol in Lincoln on April 11th
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On the February 19 edition of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, analyst Rick Santelli called for a “Chicago Tea Party” at Lake Michigan on the fourth of July* because, he stated, “The government is promoting bad behavior.” Citing the passage of the Stimulus Bill and most recently announced mortgage rescue plan, he noted, “You can’t spend your way to prosperity.” Floor workers cheered at the remarks and when Santelli questioned, “How many of you people want to pay your neighbor’s mortgage…?” the workers booed. Santelli postulated that those workers were a good cross-section of America, the “silent majority”.
Hearing Santelli’s call and determined not to wait until July 4, a small group from the social media site Twitter began working immediately on Friday, February 20, to convene Tea Parties in as many cities across the country as possible.The group followed the lead of The American Spectator magazine managing editor J.P. Freire, who’d already scheduled a Tea Party in Washington, D.C. at NOON EST on February 27, to coincide with CPAC’s mid-day break. At 11AM CST that day, over forty cities conducted simultaneous events with an estimated 20,000 – 30,000 people in attendance.
News of the events on Feb. 27th worked through traditional media, the internet, and word of mouth. People all over the country decided to organize Tea Party rallies. On March 15th, nearly one hundred Nebraskans on short notice gathered in front of Sen. Nelson’s Lincoln office. They sent a message of displeasure regarding his pivotal role in the passage of the Stimulus Bill. The momentum has not subsided; over four hundred cities have scheduled events for April 11th or 15th, many under the banner “Tax Day Tea Party”. The “Tea Party” phenomenon has received ongoing media coverage on Fox News Channel as well as having been reported on by MSNBC and others.
Lincoln resident, Shelli Dawdy, a grassroots organizer involved with the original round of Tea Parties on February 27th, and locally on March 15th, has scheduled a Tea Party in Lincoln. She is working with volunteers across the state to plan the event. Nebraskans frustrated with out of control government are urged to join their fellow citizens at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 11th, at 1:00 PM.
Nebraskans have already taken note of Americans voicing their concerns at Tea Parties across the country, and are anxious to take part themselves. Even in advance of the event location announcement, Dawdy received several hundred emails and phone calls from across the state. Inquiries continue to pour in and evidence of increasing excitement can be found in discussions of carpooling from small towns and a coordinated caravan across I-80 starting in North Platte and ending at the Capitol event site.
For more information on Tax Freedom Tea Party contact one of the above organizers.