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Monday, February 28, 2011

A Movement Was Born

The following is being reposted from Amy Kremer's blog, Southern Belle Politics. She is one of the original organizers that helped start the tea party movement in February 2009 and Atlanta was one of the first cities to host a tea party.

Wow! It is hard to believe that two years ago today, the modern tea party movement was born. As someone that was there from the beginning, I cannot help but to take a trip down memory lane.

The idea for a tea party actually was thrown out to the masses by Rick Santelli when he had this rant about the mortgage meltdown on CNBC.

The following day, after the video went viral, a group of conservatives on Twitter came together using the #tcot hashtag and had a conference call. I was on that call that Friday evening, February 20th, along with twenty-one other people. The purpose of the call was to plan for simultaneous tea parties across the country one week later. We defined our success by having 10 tea parties across the nation, with 50 - 100 people in attendance at each event.

We all got busy immediately planning our tea parties. One week later, on Friday, February 27th, at 12:00 noon EST, we had 53 tea parties with approximately 30,000 people in attendance! That was nothing short of amazing! All of those tea parties happened through social media and word of mouth, with no help from traditional media.

During that week, I worked with others to plan the first ever Atlanta Tea Party. On Friday at 12:00 noon, we had a spectacular tea party rally at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.

It began raining right before the event started. The tea party lasted for an hour and as the time wore on, the rain poured down heavier and heavier. Yet, the bone chilling cold and rain did not deter people, instead they turned out in large numbers with umbrellas, rain gear and of course, their tea bags! In the end, we had 400 to 500 freedom loving Americans at the first ever Atlanta Tea Party in the pouring down rain! We even had local media cover the event and footage from the Atlanta Tea Party was shown on Greta's show, On the Record, that evening on Fox News Channel!

Here is a short video of the very first Atlanta Tea Party.

Beginning Friday afternoon after the simultaneous events and continuing through the weekend, the calls and emails poured in from coast to coast. It was obvious to those of us that had been on that conference call one week earlier that anger was brewing. History was made on February 27th, 2009 when a movement was born!

Much transpired in the weeks to follow and much is still to happen within this modern day grassroots movement. History is still being written. But just look at where we have come from since that cold February day in 2009. There is so much that we have done and it cannot all be told here. However, I can sum it up by saying we have completely changed the political landscape of Washington, DC.

This movement is still in an infancy stage and we are just getting started! Look at what we accomplished on November 2, 2010 with no plan or footprint of what we set out to do in those early days.

Now, imagine what we can do if we continue to educate ourselves on the issues and work to grow the movement. We can work smarter and be more successful if we will stick to the same core principles and values that have fueled us thus far:
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Constitutionally Limited Government
  • Free Markets
Washington didn't know what to think of us 2 years ago and they still do not understand this movement. That is a good thing! Maybe they will work harder to do the right thing and rein in this debt. If not, we will work to retire them in round 2, coming November 2012.

We truly are in historic times and there is so much more to be told, but that will all come in due time. I just wanted to reminisce about the early days of the movement. Thanks for allowing me to walk down memory lane.

There are many people that played a role in the birth of this movement and you can read more about those key people here in this post by one of the Fathers of the movement, Eric Odom. Eric worked tirelessly in those early days, as did so many of us, and he gives tribute to those people in his Happy Birthday post to the movement. I hope you will take a few minutes and share in his recollection of those historic times.

Enjoy this day tea party friends and smile at all that we have accomplished because tomorrow, we need to get back to work!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Counter Protest to SEIU Purple Army TODAY at Georgia Capitol

The purple army is coming!

As you probably know, SEIU has been staging rallies across the country to protect the Unions that have a stronghold on some state governments. This is an issue that has become front and center over the past week in Wisconsin and now it is spreading to Ohio and Indiana. Today, the SEIU will be holding a rally at the Georgia Capitol in downtown Atlanta.

There is no doubt that the tea party movement is alive and well and today, we they will see just how strong we are as a movement when we hold a counter protest at the Georgia Capitol.

Please join other freedom loving Americans this afternoon at the Georgia State Capitol at 4:00 pm. This is late notice, but this event is just coming together. We need to stand with Governor Walker of Wisconsin and these other officials across the country that are willing to make the tough decisions.

Hope to see you there!

Date: Today, February 23rd
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Location: On the sidewalks across the street from the Georgia State Capitol. located at 206 Washington St., Downtown, Atlanta, GA, 30334

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Coastal Georgia Tea Party Coalition "Multi-Party" Gubernatorial Debate

Tea Party Gubernatorial Debate

April, 20th

6:30 pm

Jekyll Island Convention Center

Please join the Coastal Georgia Tea Party Coalition's "Multi-Party" Gubernatorial Debate on April 20th at 6:30pm. The debate is being held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center and tickets are free! The Georgia Tea Party Coalition includes the following Tea Parties: Camden, Golden Isles, 13th Colony, and Tiftarea.

All of Georgia's Gubernatorial candidates were invited. The confirmed candidates are Chapman,
Deal, McBerry, Monds, and Scott. The candidates will observe a "cross-questioning format," which allows the candidates to question each other. This format should help to compare and contrast the candidates.

Candidate debates are important for us in the Tea Party movement, in that we will need a Governor for Georgia who will stand against the "tyranny" of the federal government. This will give all of us the opportunity to see who has the "fire in the belly" for these trying times and who will stand up for the citizens of the great state of Georgia.

For anyone who needs a hotel room or accommodations, the following hotels are honoring special group rates for this event. Reservations need to be made by April 9th.

Jekyll Island Oceanfront Resort
Rates from $79 to $149

Days Inn & Suites
912-635-9800, ext. 503
Rates from $85 to $130

Request "Tea Party Gubernatorial Debate" order code when making reservations.

For more information on Jekyll Island, please visit

For media inquiries and press credentials, please contact Dawn Forbes at or at 912.399.5928.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Am the Tea Party Leader!

Just last week, exposed that President Bill Clinton and James Carville are plotting to attack some of the leaders within the tea party movement. Well, that is going to be difficult to do, considering we are all leaders within this movement.

This planned attack is direct evidence the success of the tea party movement. If we were not having an impact, we wouldn't even be on their radar. Good job Patriots! Keep up the good work. The time is now and we must now back down!

From our friends at the Waco Tea Party! Gotta love those Texans!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Welcome Back Rally Friday, January 15th

“Georgia Tea Parties! Up and To Your Posts!”

We are rolling into Atlanta this Friday, and we need every Tea Party trooper that possibly can, to meet us at the Capital!!! We need your numbers, my fellow patriots, to come out loudly, and make a small sacrifice of time.

Friday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m.

That’s it for the


We need your numbers and voices to let those in the Capital know we are back, and back in force, and just as committed, and just as angry, and just as motivated as last year!!! This is our first opportunity of the year to let our opponents and supporters know that we are back.

Please, regardless of your Tea Party Group, take a little time and join your fellow patriots downtown for this rally.

You are our cause, we need every soldier taking their place on the line!

“Up the Revolution!”

For more information, please contact Dawn Forbes (912.399.5928) or Elizabeth Mancha (912.596.5267).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Impromptu Atlanta Candlelight Vigil Tonight, December 16th

We are having an impromptu candlelight vigil in Atlanta at the State Capitol to celebrate the anniversary of the original Boston Tea Party. We will use this opportunity to once again, have our voices heard that we do not want government controlled health care. Please join us for one of the last rallies and protests of the year.

Wednesday, December 16th

7:00 pm EST

GA State Capitol

206 Washington Street SW

Please come out an join us for what is sure to be an exciting evening. This is an effort that is happening across the country on this special day. We are asking you to join together and stand shoulder to shoulder with other Americans in order to wake up United States Senate!

Now is the time. We must be clear! The message is simple: Let's tell our Senators to to stand up for patients, seniors, and all Americans & VOTE NO on government controlled health care.

***No candles allowed. Please bring flash lights only!***

For more information, please contact Amy Kremer (678.495.8271) or Jennifer Hulsey (770.546.0286).