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Tea Party Protest in Glendale, CA

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I had intended to shoot some video, maybe record some interviews and chat folks up, but, alas, my introversion mostly won out. So I took pictures, chatted a very little bit, and recorded no interviews at all.

I showed up at the site about 15 minutes early, and there was already a crowd. The space between the city hall and Broadway is relatively narrow. While there were (at a guess) a few hundred people present, it got fairly packed during the first hour, at one point making it impossible for me to get from one side of the crowd to the other. The crowd was friendly, polite, and relaxed.

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One of the first things I noticed was that the mainstream media were out in force. At least three TV trucks and crews were in the crowd, several pro photographers, and as I was leaving a newspaper reporter asked for a quick interview (I had to decline, alas).

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There were quite a few good signs, and most of them clearly homemade. This is what a grassroots movement looks like.

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The Gadsden Flag put in an appearance more than once, too.

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There were fewer kooks than expected — limited, so far as I could tell, to this guy with a sign calling Obama the Antichrist, and three “9/11 Was An Inside Job” truthers. They were kooks, but they were polite. They were pressing DVDs on people, but I didn’t try to find out whether it was Loose Change or something else.

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There were a few protest babes (though not as many as I might have hoped). The first picture shows two protest babes-in-training.

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There were cute kids galore (Although most of the good shots I got were of two groups).

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And just in case the mainstream media decides to paint this as a whites-only rally, there was plenty of diversity to be found.

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Overall, the crowd was not the largest I’ve seen, but it was substantial. Now we’ll see if the media report it fairly.

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Cross-posted to PJTV.

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  1. Thank you for reporting The Glendale Tax Day TEA Party fairly. Great photos from yesterday. We did have really cute kids and wonderful citizens there, didn’t we. One reporter said it was, I believe, mostly “white” people or something like that. Your photos explain that the group was quite simply TAX PAYERS and Americans who obviously had something on their hearts and minds. Perhaps they are fed up with what is happening. Until our government and media stops trying to spin the truth of what is really happening in this country, you know – trying to make issues out of nothing (we were not a group of just white people) or not making issues out of what they should (they are raping the Americans out of our hard earned money…then we as citizens will continue to madder and madder and get more organized. I will follow in the footsteps of my fore fathers and their incredible example and show my children how to stand up and be a proud American

    Debi Devens

    16 April 2009 at 8:43 pm

  2. By the way, I was the organizer of the Glendale Tax Day TEA Party

    Debi Devens

    16 April 2009 at 8:44 pm

  3. Debi, thank you for organizing the TEA Party, and Ian, thank you for reporting it. I attended, as did my wife and two of my sisters. The people attending were very nice and well mannered, but passionate in their belief that wrong-doing has been and is involved in the economic mismanagement of our country.

    Wayne Jett

    18 April 2009 at 5:02 pm


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