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While WND has been tracking 400 individual tea parties across the nation, the American Family Association has announced its count is nearing 1,600 – for Tax Day alone.
The AFA, planned to coordinate 1,000 Taxed Enough Already, or TEA, parties to be held at 12 p.m. on April 15 in front of city halls across the nation.
But the group is pleasantly surprised as is stands to double that goal before Tax Day is here.
“Our goal was to have a TEA party in 1,500 cities. We are nearly 100 cities above our goal and still growing,” said Donald E. Wildmon, AFA chairman.
The AFA sponsored TEA parties are in addition to hundreds of parties planned by other groups. Taxpayers are also organizing tea parties for Independence Day and various Saturdays so people with conflicting work schedules may attend.
Meanwhile, a Google Maps list shows several locations of citizen tea parties – so many that the United States is nearly hidden behind a sea of blue markers.
Wildmon said the protests are essential because the government’s reckless spending is burdening America with insurmountable debt.
“The runaway spending by President Obama and Congress will have a definite negative effect on our families,” he said. “We are leaving a debt of trillions of dollars to be paid by our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Michael DePrimo, special counsel to AFA President Tim Wildmon, told WND that AFA has been inundated with e-mails from citizens who want to attend or organize tea parties in their own cities.
“We’re trying to get people to attend these and we’re also encouraging others if there is no tea party in their community to start their own,” he said. “All we’re trying to do is really generate activity to try to try to get people to attend these rallies to really send a message to Washington.”
The group encourages tea party attendees to bring a cell phone and call the president, 202-456-1414, and Congress, 202-224-3121, while attending the rallies.
While many mainstream media outlets have provided little to no coverage of the nation’s numerous tea parties so far, DePrimo said the growing movement is proof that Americans no longer need them to launch a widespread revolution.
“I think the media does whatever the media choose to do,” he said. “We’re all aware that the media have a liberal bias. I suppose if it’s big enough, they will report on it. If they think it really may spur some change in Washington that the media elites don’t want, they may ignore the story altogether.”
De Primo continued, “The good news is that with the Internet, Facebook, texting and with all the ways we can communicate today, we don’t necessarily need the mainstream media anymore. The message can get out without them.”
WND has also launched its own tea party forum so citizens may exchange ideas, information and announcements about the “revolution.” After reviewing various website protest listings and e-mails from many readers, WND found 400 tea parties scheduled for upcoming months and compiled one of the most complete lists on the Internet. Here are some scheduled tea parties:
Merced – Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of California, Merced in the academic quad
Modesto – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1010 10th Street
Napa – Wednesday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mike Thompson’s Napa District office, 1040 Main Street
Norco/Eastvale – Wednesday, April 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Limonite/15 and Sixth St./15
Oceanside – Wednesday, April 15, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oceanside City Hall, 300 N. Coast Highway
Orange County – Santa Ana – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Plaza of the Flags, Santa Ana Civic Center – behind the Superior Court building bounded by Flower Street, Santa Ana Boulevard and Civic Center Drive
Pasadena – Saturday, April 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 100 N. Garfield Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga – Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 12300 Foothill Blvd.
Redding – Wednesday, April 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
Redlands – Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Orange Street, downtown
Sacramento – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at state capitol building on L Street
San Bernadino – Wednesday, April 15, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Meadowbrook Park to Joe Baca’s Office, 201 N. “E” St.
San Diego – Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., West Basin on N. Harbor Dr. across street from airport, Spanish Landing Park
San Diego – Wednesday, April 15, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. post office at Sports Arena Midway, 2535 Midway
San Francisco – April 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Civic Center Park, one block from Nancy Pelosi’s office at 450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco – April 15 at 11 a.m., meet at Civic Center Park in front of city hall. March will start at San Francisco City Hall and go to federal building where Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office is located..
San Jose – Wednesday, April 15, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at IRS offices at 55 S. Market Street, across the street from Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
San Mateo – Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at corner of South El Camino Real and 31st Street in front of Hillsdale Shopping Center
Santa Ana – Wednesday, April 15, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., tentative location at Santa Ana Civic Center
Santa Barbara – Saturday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m., meeting at Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Monica – Wednesday, April 15, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Santa Monica Pier, 100 Colorado Ave.
Santa Rosa – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa Ave, between 3rd and 4th Street
Stockton – Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Weber point, downtown Stockton, Center Street
Temecula – Wednesday, April 15, 11 a.m., Duck Pond
Ventura – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., sidewalks adjacent to Ventura County Government Center
Victorville – Wednesday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., corner of Bear Valley Rd. and Cottonwood Ave.
Yucaipa – Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Yucaipa Boulevard and Oak Glen Road
Hartford – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., north steps of state capitol
New Haven – Wednesday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Wharf, I-95, Exit 46
Norwich – Wednesday, April 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Marina Area near gazebo
Ridgefield – Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. at Ballard Park
Stamford – Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. at 96 Broad Street (Starbucks/library location), corner of Broad and Bedford
Colorado Springs – Wednesday, April 15 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at city hall, 107 North Nevada
Denver – Wednesday, April 15 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the west steps of the capitol, 200 East Colfax
Grand Junction – Wednesday, April 15 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 12th Street and North Avenue
Fort Collins – Wednesday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Collins City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave.
Loveland – Wednesday, April 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hwy 287 and Hwy 34
Dover – Wednesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., location to be announced
Georgetown – Wednesday, April 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., circle in Georgetown
Laurel – Wednesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., location to be announced
Crestview – Wednesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Main Street in front of courthouse