April 15, 2009, St. Paul MN – From 5 pm to 8 pm a grassroots organization of local citizens staged a rally at the MN State Capitol to send a message to their elected officals regarding excessive taxes, out of control government spending, nationalization of private businesses, government intervention and regulation, loss of individual freedoms and national sovereignity.
No elected officals were invited to speak at our rally. We focused on business owners, subject matter experts, and average citizens. The crowd began to assemble around 4 pm and by the time the rally ended we had between 7,500 and 8,500 attendees. The well behaved crowd drew across a wide range of the political spectrum which mirrored the grassroots organizing efforts. The crowd included mothers, children, men, women, people of various faiths, backgrounds and social status. There wore lots of home made signs and many wore t-shirts that read “a Revolution is brewing.” The organizing team was made up of independents, libretarians, republicans and blue dog democrats. The rally’s message was non partisan and focused on the issues.
Emcee Sue Jeffers encouraged participants to get involved, talk to friends, run for office and take back our state. Jeffers said, “This isn’t a one-time hissy fit; this is the start of something big.”
The St. Paul Tea Party Organizing Team has future events planned. The first is supporting popular radio host Jason Lewis’ Tax Cut Rally scheduled for May 2nd also at the state capitol. Following that there are plans for both a July 4th event and an event on Sept. 17th which is Constitution Day.