The Atlanta Tax Day Tea Party is one of the hundreds of the Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party Protests. These Tea Parties started as a way to express outrage over stimulus spending, special projects or "Pork Projects," and increased taxes. Currently, there are over 500 Tax Day Tea Parties planned across the country on April 15th.
In Atlanta, the demonstration will begin at 7:00 pm in front of the Steps on the State Capitol. There is a Braves game that starts at 7:05. Several roads are closing and traffic is being re-routed to various places to make up for the street closings. Expect traffic to be even more nightmare-ish than usual. The Atlanta Police have advised us to encourage everyone to take Marta. If you take Marta, you can get off the train at the 5 Points Station so that you do not have to change trains.
Sean Hannity will be broadcasting live from the Atlanta Tea Party. His show, Hannity's America, will have a makeshift studio/stage setup from where he will broadcast.
With Sean Hannity's announcement of his live broadcast, the crowds are expected to be quite large. There will be an elevated stage so those near the front can see. There will also be speakers and 2 jumbotron tvs. If you are further back in the crowd, you should still be able to see and hear the events.
Bring handmade protest signs related to fiscal responsibility. The signs must NOT be on stakes or poles of any kind. Bring flags (again are NOT mounted stakes or poles)to wave in the crowd. Wear red to stand out in the crowd and to symbolize that Washington is running this country into "the red." Bring you loud voice and be prepared to chant, shout, and yell.
It may be hot or cold. You can never really tell with Atlanta weather at this time of the year. It may be raining. Even if it rains, we are still having the Atlanta Tax Day Tea Party outside the Capitol. If it does rain, come in rain gear and bring umbrellas. Imagine the impact to Washington if they see a crowd of thousands in the rain protesting high taxes and government waste.
The program itself is being nailed down as we speak. There will be music, guest speakers, videos, and more.
The Atlanta Police and the Georgia State Capitol Police will be on the grounds providing security, crowd, and traffic control. Remember these are public servants and give them the respect they deserve. If they ask you to remove a sign from a stake, they are only doing so for your safety and the safety of others in the crowd.
We have ordered porta potties and they will be on the grounds. No money can change hands on the Capitol Grounds so we will NOT have refreshments for sale. You can bring your own water and snacks if you would like. Volunteers will stay afterward to clean up. Do your part to help in the clean up process by taking your trash with you.
Bring cameras both still and video to record the event. There will be a central place to upload images after the event. We will add a link to that site in the next few days.
Join us in this exciting and historic endeavor as we tell Washington, We the People are silent no more! We the People expect and demand fiscal responsibility and accountability!!