How To Plan Your Tea Party
Tax Day Tea Parties are being planned nationwide for April 15. You can find information at http://taxdayteaparty.com/ – click on your state to see if one is already planned there, and if not start planning your own. Lots of help is available there and other places to put one together.
If at all possible you should turn out for one, and make a sign to take with you.
Here are some tips to plan your own tea party from The Conservative Revolution, where you can get advice by emailing bsteinhauser @freedomworks.org
- Pick a location – a main street with lots of traffic is best.
- Tell your friends – family, co-workworkers, and anyone else you can think of. Build an email list for quick correspondence if things change, and a Facebook page so everyone can communicate with each other.
- Make at least 5 – 10 signs – have a clear message and write in BIG LETTERS so passersby and the media can see and read them easily.
- Call your local talk radio host – try to get the location and time announced for several days leading up to the event. Send a letterto the editor of your local newspaper announcing the protest; email other local bloggers for additional publicity. in short, get the word out as far as you can and however you can.
- Write a press release – send it to your local TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers by email, mail, and fax. Call the reporters who cover local events and politics and talk with them or leave voice mails.
- On the day of your protest show up with your group, be loud, happy, and engage the public. Wave your signs around and make lots of noise. Talk with reporters and give them some good sound bites; stay on topic and keep your answers short. Bring a one page handout of quick facts that explain why you are protesting.
- Bring sign-in sheets – get the names and contact information of all who attend or say they support you so they can help you make the next event even bigger and louder.
- Add your pictures – also video and an after-event report to your Facebook page. Send them to the bloggers and reporters you contacted initially and ask them to post the pictures, story, and video.
- Thank everyone who attended via email and phone. Set up a meeting to plan your next event. You now have a list of people in your community who can help make the next event huge; ask each of them to bring at least one friend next time.
- Go find a friend in a neighboring town or county and help them organize a protest there. You and your people are now veterans and should be able to keep the momentum going in your area.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. — Samuel Adams
For your enjoyment, a little history on the original Boston Tea Party.