Anti-tax tea parties held across the USA
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday was chosen by organizers as it is the federal income tax filing deadline, as well as the deadline for many states. The rallies were named after the Boston Tea Party, a 1773 pre-American Revolution event protesting taxation without representation.
Organizers indicated that Tea Parties took place at more than 850 locations, with a combined total of 750,000 to over 1 million attendees. The Americans for Tax Reform has tallied 242 locations with around 299,071 attendees.
In Washington, D.C., several thousand protesters demonstrated outside the White House about taxes and excess spending by the national government. The Secret Service stopped the rally after a suspicious package was tossed over the White House fence. With the area cleared, a bomb squad robot inspected the package that turned out to be a box of tea bags. The area was reopened.
- Adam Radman. "Updated: How Many People Attended Yesterday's Tax Day Tea Parties?" — , April 17, 2009
- Jerome Corsi and Chelsea Schilling. "1 million attend tea parties in 50 states" — , April 17, 2009
- Michael Winter. "Thousands turn out for anti-tax 'tea parties'" — , April 15, 2009