Thank you all for coming out and making this an awesome event! The Boston Common tea party drew over a thousand protesters, and Michael Graham’s event at Boston Harbour drew 1,500 patriots. Thank you for bringing your energy, your passion, and your love of this great country to Boston Common and Christopher Columbus park.
CNN and other liberal media sources, after being crushed on the “only five conservatives are going to go to these tea parties” meme, have switched gears. According to them, these tea parties were funded, organised, and promoted by large, moneyed right-wing interest groups. A reality check: the Boston Tea Party was organised by myself (a law school grad), a college student (Corie), and a stay-at-home mom (GOPMom), with the help of several other people. We all met over the internet and decided to do this on our own. Our sources of funding for the event and its promotion were a free Facebook group, a free Facebook event, this free website, the contributions of GOPMom and her husband (who put up the money for the permit), of a college student who printed postcards at no cost to us, and the contributions of a few people who purchased bullhorns.
One of the largest complaints I heard about our event was that it was difficult to hear the speakers. Our super high-tech sound system was three bullhorns, daisy-chained together. Corie volunteered to stand next to our speakers for three hours, holding the mike to one bullhorn in front of the horn end of another. Had we really been funded by right-wing interest groups, we would have had a much more elaborate – and effective – sound system. As it was, however, we could afford neither such a system, nor the additional expense of a permit (and insurance) that Boston would have levied on us.
Please keep checking back. This page will be updated regularly with information about what you can do moving forward, links for people who are interested in changing the political establishment from the ground up, and, of course, photos and video.
If you have pictures or video of the event, please leave links in the comment section! I’ll post as much as I can.
Pictures and video (updated regularly!)
My photos! Check out the artistry that comes from a cell phone. But hey, those right-wing interest groups don’t pay like they used to.
Z’s photos (one of the event coordinators).
Eric Odom links to a Chicago Tea Party smackdown of a CNN reporter. The CNN reporter who covered the Boston event was much more rational, although she didn’t know that we would be throwing tea into Boston Harbour. (It’s worth it to watch just to see the cute kids running around in the background.)